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Lara predicts Ashes 2019 winner


West Indies legendary batsman and former skipper Brian Lara has predicted the Ashes 2019 result. Much to everyone’s surprise, he has also predicted the highest wicket-taker and run-scorer in the ongoing Ashes series between the two titans- England and Australia.

Lara predicts Ashes 2019 winner
Joe Root and Tim Paine pose with Ashes 2019 trophy

Brian Lara took to his official Twitter handle and came up with a bold prediction that England would emerge as the winner of the Ashes series. He predicted English captain Joe Root as the highest run-getter while Chris Woakes as highest wicket-taker of the series.

“My Predictions for the Ashes @icc Ashes 2019. Winners: #england. Most Runs: @root66.Most Wickets: @chriswoakes #ashes #lovecricket #cricket #icc #engvsaus #testcricket,” Lara tweeted.

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England scripted history when they lifted their maiden ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup and they will be looking forward to completing a historic double by beating Aussies. Australia, on the other hand are very much aware of the fact that they tasted a bitter defeat against England in the semi-finals of the World Cup.

The first Ashes Test is currently being played at Edgbaston. England started off the day quite well by toppling Australia batsmen with such ease. The only man who took the attack to cleaners was Steve Smith who brought up his 24th Test century in 65 matches and his 9th against England.

He went on to score a staggering 144 to his name with 16 fours and 2 sixes. Peter Siddle made a notable contribution of 44 at the other end down the order. Australia were bowled out for 284; Stuart Board chipped in with a fifer while Chris Woakes picked three wickets. In reply, England were 10/0 on day 1 (stumps).

England 14-man squad:

Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes (vc), Olly Stone, Chris Woakes.

Australia’s squad:

Tim Paine (c), Cameron Bancroft, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner.

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