England vs Australia 2nd Test Match Preview Research & Analysis
England’s progress on the opening day in Birmingham was dented by James Anderson’s injury, as the veteran paceman bowled just four overs before leaving the field due to calf injury. The hosts couldn’t seize the advantage, despite claiming a healthy first-innings lead of 90, and Australia had firm control when they posted 487/7 in their second outing.
Despite that, Joe Root, the England captain, will hope his bowling unit, likely to feature young Jofra Archer, can make an impact against Australia, and in particular, Steve Smith, who scored 144 and 142 in the first Test.
- Mitchell Starc has been included in the Australia’s 12-man squad for the Lord’s Test
- Starc did not play the 1st Ashes Test against England which Australia won by 251 runs
- According to reports, Josh Hazlewood will play at Lord’s ahead of Starc
Australia, meanwhile, will be pumped. Their win at Edgbaston was their first in the opening Test of an away Ashes series since 2005. Apart from Smith’s continued excellence as a batsman, Matthew Wade’s fluent century in the second innings would’ve pleased the management immensely. Mitchell Starc, having missed out in Birmingham, is likely to return to the XI, and could prove lethal on Lord’s famous slope – he took nine wickets in the two matches at Lord’s during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.
- James Anderson has been ruled out of the second test with the calf injury that saw him forced out early in the first match too.
- Jofra Archer has proved his fitness and is expected to replace Anderson, making his test debut as a result, with Olly Stone also injured.
- Moeen Ali has also been dropped, with Jack Leach replacing him.
- Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood staked their claims for a return by bowling well in the warm-up match against Worcestershire. They shared five wickets between them in that game.
- Peter Siddle and James Pattinson are the men they are competing with, and Starc has been tipped to replace the former.
- Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc were benched in the first Test and one of them is expected to make the playing XI at Lord’s.
The Number’s Game
Avg 1st inn score:312
Highest Total: 729/6 (232 Ov) by AUS vs ENG
Avg 2nd inn score:298
Lowest total:38/10 (15.4 Ov) by IRE vs ENG
Avg 3rd inn score:257
Highest Chased:344/1 (66.1 Ov) by WI vs ENG
Avg 4th inn score: 155
62/10 (47 Ov) by ENG vs AUS
Stats and Facts
- Australia won by 405 runs on their last Test visit to Lord’s. Steve Smith was man of the match after scoring a double hundred.
- Steve Smith’s last nine Ashes innings vs England: 973 runs, average: 139.00.
- Chris Woakes’ bowling record at Lord’s: 4 matches, 24 wickets, average: 9.75, SR 23.71.
- Australia have won six of the last seven Ashes Test matches.
ENGLAND : (Run-Ball-Out)
Jonny bairstow vs Mitchell Starc (102-197-6)
Joe root vs Pat Cummins (71-171-4)
Ben stokes vs Mitchell Starc (36-67-2)
Jos buttler vs Josh hazlewood(18-26-1)
AUSTRALIA : (Run-Ball-Out)
David warner vs James Anderson (272-519-9)
Usman Khawaja vs Stuart broad (83-140-2)
Steven Smith vs Stuart broad (274-619-6)
Shaun marsh vs Stuart broad (67-162-4)
Tim Paine vs James Anderson (43-74-2)
Head to Head (in Test) :Overall
|Matches Played||ENG Won||AUS Won||Tie||No Result|
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Team Form in Last Five Matches
ENG : L W W L L
AUS : W W W D L
England Probable XI –Rory Burns, Jason Roy, Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Joe Denly, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer, Jack Leach.
Australia Probable XI – David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine (c, wk), Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson
Wicket Keeper –
- J Bairstow ( Middle order 8,6 against Australia 1st Test)
- Jos Buttler ( Lower Middle order, Not in good form scored 5,1 in last test)
- M Wade ( Very attacking batsman, 1021 runs this year in Sheffield series, century in last Test)
- J Root( 1 down, No intro needed 57,28 in 1st test)
- S Smith ( Middle order, Only current player to average 60+ in tests, 144 & 142 in Last 2 innings)
- David Warner ( Opener, 647 runs in 10 games this WC)
- Usman Khawaja ( 1 down, technically strong, 732 runs in 10 matches last year, 40 in last test)
- Jason Roy( Attacking opener, 50 against Ireland on debut, 28 & 10 in last test match)
- Joe Denly( 2 down + handy spinner, 11000+ 1st class runs,not scored big in first test)
- Cameron Bancroft ( Opener, Attacking batsman, 50+ average this Domestic season)
- Ben Stokes ( Middle order bat + handy bowler, terrific form from this WC,50 in last test Match)
- Patt Cummins (Best pacer of Australia in past 18 months + can be a handy batsman, 7 Wickets In First Test)
Chris Woakes – Four wickets and 74 runs in the first Test.
Nathan Lyon –On only his third tour of England, Lyon contributed to Australia’s victory by producing a match-winning spell of 6/49 on the fifth day. The off-spinner has been the best bowler for Australia after the Shane Warne era.
- Stuart Broad ( Open with the new bowl, 4-fer against Ireland recently,6 Wickets in First Test )
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