Australia and England will play the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston on Wednesday © Getty Images
Australia and England will play the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston on Wednesday © Getty Images

Australia and England  next face each other in the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston on Wednesday. After losing the first Test at Cardiff, the Australians made a massive comeback in the second game hurting the home team as hard as a brutal 405-run victory at Lord’s, with Steven Smith scoring his first ever double century and with reaching this milestone, he joined Don Bradman (254) and Bill Brown (206no) among Australians to score double tons at the Home of Cricket. English pacer James Anderson, who never went wicketless in the famous ground, had a poor game and that undoubtedly cost the home team the match. Live Cricket Scorecard: England vs Australia, The Ashes 2015 3rd Test at Edgbaston , Day 1

Meanwhile, Australian seamer Mitchell Johnson is one wicket away from becoming only the fifth Australian bowler to take 300 Test wickets. If the grass covering that was on the pitch at Edgbaston remains intact come the start of the third Ashes match at Birmingham’s ground, it should certainly aid Johnson and his fellow Australia quicks. LIVE BLOG: England vs Australia, The Ashes 2015, 3rd Test at Edgbaston, Day 1, ENG 133/3 in 29 overs

Peter Nevill, who came in as a replacement to Brad Haddin who dropped himself from the squad due to family reasons, has become just the fifth man in the past 27 years to be Australia’s first-choice Test wicketkeeper. And this might well bring curtains down to Haddin’s Test career. WATCH: England vs Australia The Ashes 2015, Free Live Cricket Streaming Online on Star Sports: 3rd Test at Lord’s, Day 1

TEAMS:

England (Playing XI): Alastair Cook (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Joe Root, Ian Bell, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Moeen Ali, Gary Ballance, Adam Lyth, Ben Stokes, Mark Wood.

Australia (Playing XI): Michael Clarke (c), David Warner, Chris Rogers, Steve Smith, Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon.