Speedway: Owlerton set for Ashes Test

Former Tigers ace Ricky Ashworth will be in the Great Britain squad.
Former Tigers ace Ricky Ashworth will be in the Great Britain squad.
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One of sport’s oldest rivalries will be renewed tonight as Great Britain and Australia do battle at Owlerton (7.45pm).

The two old enemies agreed to a five-Test series this season, which Britain leads 2-0.

Although both countries agreed to leave out their biggest stars, the two teams named are very strong and are both led by riders who featured in last week’s Monster Energy Speedway World Cup.

Britain include four Elite League stars and four current or former Sheffield riders, and Tigers promoter David Hoggart feels they will give a good account of themselves.

He said: “For the Brits Adam Roynon was in great shape last week, Josh Auty is on fire and Ricky Ashworth has had a couple of good meetings recently after an injury.

“Lewis Bridger always gives a good account of himself, and we’ve seen for ourselves how fast Richard Lawson can be. I think it’ll be a brilliant contest, both sides will want to get one over the old enemy.”

Australia include Cameron Woodward who played a pivotal part in them finishing third in the World Cup.

The Eastbourne captain, who scored 15 points from his two meetings in Prague, leads an Australian team packed with youth and experience.

Hoggart said: “Australia are looking for a win, you can guarantee that much. Tyson Nelson was sensational for Rye House last week and (team manager) Mark Lemon has put him at reserve! Cameron Woodward, Kevin Doolan and Kozza Smith are no slouches at Owlerton either.”

* Great Britain: Lewis Bridger, Ricky Ashworth, Josh Auty, Adam Roynon, Richard Lawson, Joe Haines, Kyle Newman.

* Australia: Cameron Woodward, Rusty Harrison, Kozza Smith, Kevin Doolan, Dakota North, Cory Gathercole, Tyson Nelson.