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England are looking more than ready for the 2nd Test match Ashes series against old-foe Australia starting from August 14th till August 18th at Lord’s Cricket Stadium, London. After facing a disappointing 251-run defeat against Kangaroos at famous Edgbaston Stadium in front of the home crowd, English cricketers are now hoping to turn the tables in the second battle. In order to make this happen, England is running from pillar to post. Though before the starting of their innings in second Test, Joe Root and team already suffered a big blow as talented player James Anderson has been ruled out from the squad after a painful calf injury. With this, destructive pacer Jofra Archer joined them for the upcoming game. Archer is also going to make his Test debut from this battle.

On the other hand, attacking team Australia is all set with its world-class batsmen and pacers including Steve Smith, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon. Starc who missed last game in Birmingham is likely to return in playing XI with second Ashes Test. He is also ready to dismiss experienced English batsmen with his deadliest deliveries ever. Both the teams are fully prepared for any sort of pitch condition whether it is swinging, flat or slow. It will be interesting to see who will take the lead in this game.

While expressing his feelings before the beginning of the game, England’s superstar Jofra Archer said, “I personally believe in Test cricket you get a lot more opportunities to redeem yourself. In 50 overs, if you don’t have a good 10 overs that’s it – you’ve got wait till the next game. You have ample chances to do it in the red-ball game”. While brilliant Australian pacer Mitchell Starc replied bluntly to England’s team, “We want to win this Ashes. Whether that’s a different bowling attack each game, or the same through five Test matches, it’s pretty exciting”.

Ashes Test matches schedule

  • England vs Australia, 1st Ashes Test, August 1st-August 5th, Edgbaston, Birmingham, 3:30 pm (IST)
  • England vs Australia, 2nd Ashes Test, August 14th-August 18th, Lord’s, London, 3:30 pm (IST)
  • England vs Australia, 3rd Ashes Test, August 22nd-August 26th, Headingley, Leeds, 3:30 pm (IST)
  • England vs Australia, 4th Ashes Test, September 4th-September 8th, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, 3:30 pm (IST)
  • England vs Australia, 5th Ashes Test, September 12th-September 16th, Kennington Oval, London, 3:30 pm (IST)

Weather forecast

Heavy rain could be expected at Lord’s between the exciting battle of England and Australia. Rain is likely to interrupt the game at many points due to which cricketers could lose their momentum. The temperature is expected to hover between 14-degree celsius to 17-degree celsius during the match. As a result, both the teams could look forward to bowl first at the game. The pitch could be covered with dark clouds and breezy atmosphere.

Squads

Australian squad for second Ashes Test: Tim Paine (c), Cameron Bancroft, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner

England squad for second Ashes Test: Joe Root (captain), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, and Chris Woakes