If the opening test of The Ashes was anything to go by, we are set for one of the most absorbing summer clashes between England and Australia in history. Edgbaston provided a fitting backdrop to an unforgettable opening clash between the two rivals, but all attention will now switch to Lord’s for the second test, beginning on Wednesday, June 28.

Before Betting On England vs Australia

Words are unable to do justice to the drama that fans enjoyed throughout the opening test between England and Australia in Birmingham. However, an unforgettable opening to The Ashes eventually swung in Australia’s favor, with the visitors taking a series advantage into the second test in London.

It will go down as one of the all-time great test matches, with England kicking off the day needing seven wickets and Australia chasing a target of 282. The pendulum appeared to swing in England’s favor after Ben Stokes finally took the wicket of Usman Khawaja. But, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyons produced an unlikely partnership to guide Australia over the line.

England fans will likely be wondering how the victory escaped their clutches, as the hosts were on the front foot throughout the five-day test. However, questions will certainly be raised over Stokes’ decision to declare just shy of 400 runs after the first innings. England have now lost just two of their last 12 tests, with their only other loss coming by one run after the decision was made by the captain for the Black Caps to follow on.

However, the aggressive stance of the England team will likely earn more plaudits than the cautious Australian approach. The hosts will now have areas to address, with Moeen Ali’s fitness a huge concern after picking up a finger injury, while Stokes may need to put his body on the line after not having a bowl until the 70th over.

England vs Australia Offshore Odds & Pick

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England haven’t been shy in making history throughout the Bazball era, and they will need to create another major shock this summer if they are to win The Ashes. No side has come from behind to seize the Urn since England’s memorable 2005 win, and they must land victory in the second test to keep any hope alive.