After all the excitement of England lifting the World Cup earlier this month, cricket´s most fiercest rivalry resumes on Thursday(August 1st) in the battle for the Ashes, with the first test at Edgbaston.
As the sport moves on, England will break years of tradition when they step out on the field next week, with names and numbers on the back of their Test whites, including captain Joe Root with a number 66 on his back.
England are looking to snatch back the tiny symbolic urn from the Aussies in the five match series that always sparks the imagination of even the most casual cricket follower.
The main concerns for the home side surround their pace bowlers, with Jimmy Anderson a slight doubt with a calf injury, whilst World Cup stars Mark Wood and Jofra Archer have side strains, and are not in contention, with Wood possibly out until the fourth test in early September.
“We couldn’t be better placed in many ways. There’s a huge amount of confidence off the back of the World Cup. That counts for a lot,” said Root.
“It is something we have to capitalise on going into what is a huge set of Test matches.”