Looking into the Ashes: England’s key players

July 4, 2015 by Posted in Articles

Joe RootAs we near the start of another Ashes summer in England, the hopes of the home side are at their usual high. The press, team management and supporters all believe that they are ready to surmount another challenge to get back the urn from the Aussies.

Poaching Australian Trevor Bayliss as their new coach could be a coup de grace and the recent performance against New Zealand was a good start. They now hope that they can translate this into Ashes success. For that to happen, there are certain key players who will have to be at their best.

Joe Root (pictured) is one of the most exciting batsmen for England at the moment. Nimble feet, easy on the eye and uncomplicated technique makes him one of the best suited to tackle the Aussies. He has averaged more than 80 since the start of last year. The recently anointed England vice-captain will be looking to put up his best performance in the series that matters the most. William Hill are offering odds of $3.50 on him being the best England batsman and that looks a solid play.

Ben Stokes is a typical non-English player. He plays with flair and could be the character that the current team so desperately lacks. He’s a very good hitter, not bad with the ball and can be a match-winner. All the qualities you need in your all-rounder. If he can keep his temper in check, Stokes could well prove to be vital for England.

This series will be crucial in more ways than one for Alastair Cook. He has been out of form for the past year and half, discounting his century in the Caribbean. There is no doubt of his ability to score in Ashes – look no further than the 766 runs he scored in 2010-11. Runs at the top of the order will not only be important for England, but they will be crucial for Cook to lead his side confidently.

Jos Buttler is a very exciting wicket-keeper batsman for England, much in the same category as the Aussie Adam Gilchrist. He can turn around a match in a single session. His runs down the order will be crucial as will be his keeping behind the sticks. Then of course is the long-time nemesis James Anderson. After a dismal Ashes down under, he would be desperate to prove a point with the swinging ball.

The first ball of Ashes 2015 is only days away with the first Test starting on Wednesday. It will be a lifetime chance to be a hero. Who shall it be for England?

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