The second Ashes test between England and Australia will begin on December 16th and will be played at the Adelaide Oval. It is going to be a day-night fixture, the second between these two teams. Australia are clear favourites going into this game with their thumping 9-wicket win in the first test. England will bank on the swing produced by the pink ball which is far more than the red Kookaburra.
Joe Root will hope for a better showing from his batsmen after suffering batting collapses in both innings of the first test. England were all out for 147 in the 1st innings and 297 in the 2nd after being 223/2 at one stage. None of their batsmen scored a half-century apart from Malan and Root.
The openers are under pressure with Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed averaging just 28 and 27 respectively this year. But Root has backed Rory Burns which indicates he might keep his place. "Rory is a very strong character, you can't doubt that side of his game," said Root. "He'll come back in and want a response and want to put some big scores on the board."
Allrounder Ben Stokes, who played his first competitive game in six months in the first test, is suffering from a knee issue but has declared himself fit for the 2nd test. "People will have seen me rubbing my knee from time to time when I was in the field, but rest assured I'm fine," Stokes wrote in a column for Britain's Daily Mirror. "It is an old injury that flares up every now and again, but I know how to manage it."
With Bairstow sitting on the bench, Ollie Poe, who made 35 and 4 in the first test, will be wary of his place. From a bowling point of view, Anderson and Broad will surely make a return to the side after missing out the opener. Anderson took his only 5-wicket haul in Australia at this same venue in 2017-18 series and will hope to continue that form. Jack Leach is also under pressure after conceding more than 100 runs in the opening test but should be retained as the Adelaide pitch will offer a lot more turn than the Gabba.
Australia have injury concerns of their own as Josh Hazlewood has been ruled out for the 2nd test. Hazlewood has been replaced by West Australia quick Jhye Richardson who will play just his 3rd test. David Warner damaged his ribs after getting hit twice en route to 94 in the 1st test but will play in the 2nd test. Marcus Harris will be getting another chance after a disappointing performance in the opening test.
Australia have a 100% record in day-night games, winning all eight while England have only won 1 out of their 4 tests. No England team has won the Ashes in Australia after losing the 1st test since 1954-55. History and form are against England but they have shown they can bounce back from defeats in the past and they would want to emulate the same.