Australia Can Add to England's Woes
England don't have the strongest of records when it comes to Ashes series Down Under, and this current crop of players will have a huge challenge on their hands in the 2021-22 instalment of the greatest rivalry in the sport.
Looking back at the history books does not make pleasant reading for the English regarding Tests in Australia, and the Baggy Greens should feel confident when head coach Chris Silverwood and his side make the long journey south.
Aussies Dominant on Home Soil
With just one Ashes series win Down Under for England in 34 years, they have found it tough going trying to beat their rivals on their own patch. England, who are 3.75 in the cricket betting to win the 2021-22 Ashes series, have only won 33.5% of their Tests in Australia. The Baggy Greens on the other hand have managed victory on home turf in over half their encounters with England.
England's last series win came back in 2010-11 as they came away from Australia with a 3-1 victory. Before then, one has to go back to 1986-87 for a series win Down Under. That year England went into the series at a low ebb on the back of a 5-0 series defeat to the West Indies the previous year, followed by defeats to both India and New Zealand. Perhaps the current crop of players might be able to take some inspiration from how their predecessors were able to turn their fortunes around.
England Need Significant Turnaround
Serious improvements will need to be made in the current England squad to see them win a series far from home at the end of the year. Silverwood's side were beaten by eight wickets in four days against New Zealand in June, to give the Blacks Caps a 1-0 series win.
The defeat to the Kiwis was England's first home series defeat since 2014, and is hardly the ideal preparation for skipper Joe Root and his players ahead of the Ashes. Once again, an all too familiar batting collapse in the second innings was England's undoing, as they only mustered 122 at Edgbaston. Concerns still linger over the inconsistency of opening batsmen, with the likes of Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley struggling to put back-to-back innings together. This will all give Australia confidence ahead of their showdown with Root's team.
Aussies Won't Get Complacent
A series win over England is far from a sure thing for Test skipper Tim Paine and his men, who have already suffered defeat on home soil this year. India were the ones to put the Baggy Greens to the sword before Australia also went on to miss the final of the World Test Championship.
It's clear both sides have areas of their games that require significant work, but Australia will take confidence in their home record when England make the journey for what will be another intriguing Ashes series.