The 2021/22 Ashes are underway… and England are already on the back foot.
Joe Root is a captain under pressure with his selection and strategy called into question after a convincing win for the hosts at the Gabba.
Will Australia take a comprehensive lead in the series as England travel to Adelaide?
Here’s all you need to know in the build-up to the Ashes 2nd Test…
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England will be hoping a day/night battle in Adelaide will shake things up as they look to pick themselves following an all-too comfortable win for the Aussies at the Gabba.
An eight-wicket collapse on the morning of Day 4 extinguished all hopes of an unlikely fightback for the visitors in Brisbane, as the holders strolled to a win just after lunch.
The one-sided nature of that 1st Test has understandably seen the hosts tighten further to 2/23 favourites to maintain their grip on the Ashes urn, but it was arguably self-inflicted errors from captain Joe Root that contributed to that opening defeat.
The England captain is under the spotlight ahead of this 2nd Test having left out the vastly experienced Stuart Broad at the Gabba, while also opting to go into bat when bowling conditions looked to be in the visitors’ favour.
However, the tourists’ chances could be boosted by some lingering injury concerns in the Australian camp.
David Warner is sweating on his fitness ahead of the second Ashes tussle in Adelaide, with Usman Khawaja likely to replace the 35-year-old at the top of the order if the hosts are forced into a reshuffle, while the host selectors are also pondering drafting in Jhye Richardson to replace the injured Josh Hazlewood.
Will the pink ball make a difference in South Africa?
The history books aren’t kind on that front for England, who have lost all three of their day/night games away from home.
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⚱️ Ashes 2nd Test FAQ ⚱️
🏏 When is the 2nd Ashes Test?
The 2nd Test of the 2021/22 Ashes takes place between 16th and 20th December at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia. Play on the first day is expected to start from around 4am.
🏏 Where can I watch the 2nd Ashes Test?
BT Sport will be offering full live coverage of the 2021/22 Ashes series with highlights and live commentary available via the BBC.
🏏 What are the dates for the 2021/22 Ashes Tests?
After the 2nd Ashes Test in Adelaide, the series continues on the following dates at these three venues:
- 2nd Test: 16th-20th December 2021 – Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (play from 4am)
- 3rd Test: 26th-30th December 2021 – MCG, Melbourne (play from 11.30pm on Christmas Day UK time)
- 4th Test: 5th-9th January 2022 – SCG, Sydney (play from 11.30pm, 4th January 2022)
- 5th Test: 14th-18th January – Blundstone Arena, Hobart (play from 2.30am)
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