The Second Ashes Test is all set to begin tomorrow at the Home of cricket “The Lords”. The Hosts took the early lead with an emphatic victory over the Aussies in the first Test match by winning with a huge margin of 169 runs at the Sophia gardens, Cardiff. After posting 430 in the first innings the Poms rolled over the Aussies for 308 and took a healthy leadoff 122 runs which made England to settle down in a comfortable position even though England were all out for 289 in the second innings they set a huge target of 412 and the Australians didn’t show enough resistance which paved way for the Poms to dictate the game with Johnson being the top scorer for Australia scoring 77 runs.
England would like to carry on the momentum in the second Ashes test and give a huge psychological blow to the Aussies after getting the early lead in the series which is hugely important from their perspective. However, for Australia they should work out on certain things before the start of the second ashes test to take on the highly confident England team. Australians, should get back the aggressive attitude on the field which was lacking in the first test and it was very unlike the Aussies.
The Lord’s wicket seems to have a green strip, similar to the wicket which was produced during the Test match between England and New Zealand. Toss is very much crucial and the team winning the toss would definitely look to bat first and post a huge first innings total.
With, Haddin withdrawing from the Ashes due to personal reasons, Peter Nevill is making his Ashes debut. Shane Watson makes way for Mitchell Marsh. These are the two changes for the Australian side. England on the contrary would love to retain the same squad and like to carry on the Winning momentum.
England Probable Playing XI: Alastair Cook, Adam Lyth, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Butler, Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Mark Wood.
Australia Probable Playing XI: Chris Rogers, David Warner, Steve Smith, Michael Clarke, Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood