will look to take a 2-0 lead in the Ashes series when they take on England in the second Test in Adelaide. Reuters
Victory in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane for Australia was not just about taking a 1-0 lead in the five-match series, it was also about bruising England mentally and physically.
A short-pitch barrage led by the express pace of Mitchell Johnson, exposed England's shortcomings remarkably and the end result was Australia absolutely motoring to a Test victory.
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The second Test in Adelaide is expected to be different, with the drop-in pitch set to play a big role in the contest. A bouncy track is not going to be the order of the day, with batsmanship very much set to come to the fore.
Such is the nature of the wicket in Adelaide that the two Sheffield Shield matches earlier this season have been drawn, with the pitch neither aiding the fast bowlers or the spinners too much, even late in the match.
However, confidence will be on Australia's side, but Michael Clarke insisted not a single player in the squad will be envisaging being able to walk past England for the second time of asking without much effort.
"I can guarantee you that every single player in that [Australian] team has their feet well and truly on the ground," the Australian skipper said. "Our celebration after Brisbane wasn't anything like I've seen Australian teams celebrate [in the past] when we've had big wins like that.
"And I think that's because everybody knows we've got a long way to go. It's only one Test win."
But it is a Test win that puts all the pressure on England, a side which has romped to three-straight Ashes series victories, to bounce back.
Sledging has come back into focus after both sides went perhaps a touch too far in the first Test, with Jonathan Trott deciding to return to England due to a stress-related illness also not exactly helping matters.
"We know the responsibility we have when we pull on the shirt and no matter how much emotion in the game we know how many are watching us and we know what responsibility we have to the game," England skipper Alastair Cook said. "Whether we got it right or wrong in that game I don't know but we have got to make sure we behave as appropriately as we can out there."
Considering the aspect of the drop-in batting friendly pitch, both teams will not be too fussed with a draw in the second Test, with Australia, in particular, then able to look forward to the third encounter, in the bouncy confines of Perth.
Team news: Australia are set to go with the same starting XI that thumped England, meaning James Faulkner has to wait in the wings for his opportunity.
England have one definite change to make owing to Trott's absence. All-rounder Tim Bresnan is expected to come into the starting XI after being named in the squad, while Cook might also consider giving spinner Monty Panesar an opportunity after Chris Tremlett failed to impress.
Gary Ballance, Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow are the contenders for the No.6 position, with Ian Bell or Joe Root expected to go up to No.3 as a replacement for Trott. Ballance looks like holding the slight edge owing to his decent innings in the two-day tour match a few days back.
"It's pretty clear I'm not going to name the side [until after the toss]," Cook said. "It looks quite a dry wicket, so we're trying to make sure we get the balance of that side right.
"I think [playing two spinners] is a realistic option, but one of the skills you try to have as a captain and coach, and with your senior players, is trying to judge the state of the wicket. That's one of the crucial things about home advantage.
"You know the wicket better than the opposition, so we have to try and use our experience to try and make sure we've got the right side for the conditions."
Expected lineups: Australia: Rogers, Warner, Watson, Clarke (capt), Smith, Bailey, Haddin, Johnson, Siddle, Harris, Lyon.
England: Cook (capt), Carberry, Root, Pietersen, Bell, Ballance, Prior, Bresnan, Broad, Swann, Anderson.
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