The Daily Telegraph - Business : 2020-08-27

Sport Cricket : 19 : 11

Sport Cricket

11 The Daily Telegraph Thursday 27 August 2020 *** 2 6 Dom Sibley He is the kind of player who will be criticised a lot in Australia because they do not like attritiona­l players, but if he sees off the Kookaburra ball for 25 overs 80 per cent of the time he will have done a great job. Zak Crawley Joe Root He just looks like he has the game to bat on Australian pitches, and could be a massive player in the Ashes series if he can stay as composed as he was in Southampto­n and keep improving. He will know the Ashes will determine his legacy as skipper. No question he will win more Tests than any other England captain, but three Ashes series without a win would be a stain on his record. Ollie Pope Slightly concerned he did not have the summer we expected after his success in the winter. But he looks like he is settled in the England side and he could be a firecracke­r batting at six in Australian conditions. 8 10 11 Chris Woakes Record at home is up there with the great allrounder­s, but record away is down there with the dud all-rounders. If his pace can stay about 86mph he can have an effect. Needs to bat well, too. Stuart Broad Jack Leach Has a great record at the Gabba. Bowling better than ever. Swing does not play a massive part so hit the pitch, top of off stump is perfect for him. Has rediscover­ed his mojo with the bat, but will be bombed more in Australia than against West Indies or Pakistan. Australia will have a lot of right-handers in their batting line-up, so I am going for Leach spinning the ball away. Spin will be England’s problem. Who can hold up an end?

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