Just under a week has passed since Australia cruised to a dominant 10 wicket win in Brisbane and the hosts will be looking to exert further pressure on their embattled visitors as the 2017-18 Ashes series rolls into Adelaide.
For England, the second test resembles an opportunity for England to grab a foothold in the series and for Joe Root and his side to find their feet in more friendly conditions under the lights at the Adelaide Oval.
However, England are not without issues as they head into the second test. Moeen Ali, a key pillar of this current England side, is struggling with the finger injury he sustained in Brisbane and although he will play, it is highly unlikely that he will bowl.
Despite Ali’s injury, England have decided against introducing Mason Crane to the cauldron of test cricket, with fast bowler Craig Overton the only man added to the squad that was convincingly outplayed in the first test. If Ali is not deemed fit enough to be able to bowl, England’s only spin option will be captain Joe Root, who has only 16 test wickets.
For the home side however, there are no such selection issues. Despite discontent among pundits and ex-players alike over his selection, wicket-keeper Tim Paine performed admirably in the first test and will once again keep wicket for Steve Smith’s side.
If England can secure a result in much friendlier conditions in Adelaide, then they will find themselves right back in the series with the momentum as the Ashes move onto Perth. A loss however and Joe Root will be glimpsing down the barrel of a 5-0 whitewash.