Ashes 2019: As World Champions England get ready to host Australian in the upcoming Ashes, there is a lot of buzz already as fans are predicting the squads. Former Australian legend Shane Warne is somebody who has been part of the Ashes squad in the past and has been one of the most successful Australian cricketers has predicted his playing 12. The English squad picked by Warne features most of the players from the World Cup-winning squad. Jofra Archer also gets picked along with Ben Foakes and Jos Buttler. Also Read - IND vs ENG: Joe Root Pips Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne, Anil Kumble to Achieve This Unique Feat, Twitter Lauds England Captain Five-For at Narendra Modi Stadium
Here is Warne’s Predicted England 12:
England: Roy, Crawley, Bairstow, Root, Stokes, Buttler, Foakes wk, Ali, Archer, Broad, Anderson, Wood Also Read - Chennai Spin-Friendly Pitch Controversy: Michael Vaughan to Shane, Reactions of The Chepauk Pitch For 2nd Test Between Ind vs Eng
He also mentions, “If another batsman was scoring big runs I would select them & have Joss keep. But, Foakes is a good option. The 12th man decided on conditions.” Also Read - SL vs ENG 2021: James Anderson Breaks Glenn McGrath's Record, Becomes Second Pacer After Richard Hadlee to Claim 30 Five-Wicket Hauls in Test Cricket
And then he picked the Australian 12.
Here is Warne’s Predicted Australia 12:
Warner, Harris, Khawaja, Smith, Head, Wade, Paine, Pattinson, Cummins, Lyon, Starc / Hazlewood
He also named the reserves which include A Carey, J Richardson, C Bancroft, M Marsh & W Pucovski.
Both the teams look well-balanced as the build-up for the iconic Ashes begins with a little over a week to go. In 2018, Australia won the Ashes and hence would be defending their title. This year’s tournament is set to take place in England, where the hosts look to continue their winning run after their maiden World Cup victory. The first Test starts on August 1 at Edgbaston.