England currently hold a slender 2-1 lead heading into the fourth test of this Ashes Series, following their fantastic eight wicket win at Edgbaston.
They fought back from embarrassment at Lord's where they were trampled by the Australian's, and finished off the third test in two and a half days.
Ahead of the test at Trent Bridge that starts tomorrow, we take a look at what to expect at Nottingham.
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A Noisy Atmosphere
Australian bowler Mitchell Johnson was in an amusingly boisterous mood yesterday as he told English fans to bring on the abuse. “It’s something I’m able to block out or get involved in when I need to,” he told the Telegraph.
As English fans were great when we're winning but silent in defeat, the lack of noise in Lords was telling. Expect a more rapturous crowd at Trent Bridge.
The Return of Mark Wood
The fast paced bowler had a poor test at Lord’s and was replaced for the third test by Steve Finn, who took a commanding eight wickets as England won. However he is expected to replace the injured Jimmy Anderson after overcoming some last minute injury concerns.
The Durham bowler has seen success at Trent Bridge in the past so should take confidence from that after a poor test at Lord's in which he only took one wicket. In three county test matches he has taken an impressive total off 15 wickets and will be aiming to impress there once again.
No Resting on their Laurels
After a dire Lords test in which Australia quite literally ran away with a 405 run lead, England appeared to still be sitting pretty after the success of the first day, unaware that the series wasn’t won and there were still weeks to go.
Joe Root wrote in his Sky Sports column that “You only have to look at the way Australia responded at Lord's after losing in Cardiff to know you can't take anything for granted in this game.”
So you can be sure that they will be making no mistakes this time as Australia are still the side to beat despite their fragilities in the previous test. England will come out fighting just like they did in the previous test
The frenzied nature of this series means that a draw is unlikely, while it may not be off the cards it is certainly in a different deck.
A win for England would see them win a remarkable fourth home series, while a loss would leave space for Austraila to take the ashes in Surrey at the end of the month. So expect both sides to go for the win.
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