England and Australia are lately in motion within the opening Test of the series at Edgbaston, with the vacationers being bowled out for 284 on day one regardless of Steve Smith’s sensible century.
Smith used to be the stand-out performer within the remaining Ashes series, when Australia triumphed 4-Zero at house, however Lara can not see Tim Paine’s facet popping out on most sensible this summer time.
England have now not misplaced the Ashes at house since 2001 and entered this series buoyed by way of their shocking World Cup triumph on house soil remaining month.
Brian Lara’s Ashes predictions
Top run-scorer: Joe Root
Leading wicket-taker: Chris Woakes
My Predictions for the Ashes @icc
— Brian Lara (@BrianLara) August 1, 2019
Former England captain Alastair Cook additionally expects the hosts to win again the urn, telling BBC Sport forward of the series: ‘They will take it 3-2.
‘It will be a tactic for England to play on pitches that produce results, because that is where they have had most success and Australia’s batsmen don’t just like the transferring ball.
‘I can see there being five results and I think England will sneak the biggest moments, not least because of the runs their lower order can contribute.’
Australia legend Glenn McGrath is backing the vacationers, then again, and mentioned: ‘The Ashes has been ruled by way of the house groups for the most productive section of two a long time and, despite the fact that Australia have an excellent chance of finishing that this time, the two aspects are very flippantly matched.
‘I find it hard to say the team that I back will lose, or even draw, a match and so I do think Australia will win the series, but I’m now not certain at the scoreline.’