The second test match of the Ashes between England and Australia is going to be held on 14th of August, 2019 at the iconic ground – Lords, London. Both teams will now be charged up as they get a big break now between the first and second test. Australia will start as favorites as they are coming from a winning momentum. England on the other hand will no doubt try to experiment with new players. Historically Lord’s weather most of the time stays cloudy so it would favor the bowlers. England would be looking to rectify the mistakes they made in the first test. Despite a huge margin defeat for England, they will fight hard as this a very long test series so any team can make a comeback quickly.

Match Preview Insight

  • The last time these two teams met in The Ashes at Lords, Australia defeated England by a huge margin of 403 runs.
  • Steve Smith has scored 10 centuries in The Ashes (4th place in most number of centuries in The Ashes).
  • Stuart Broad becomes the 19th bowler to take 100 wickets in The Ashes.
  • In the 2013/14 series Nathan Lyon became only the second player to go an entire five-test series without being dismissed.

England

England had an up and down run since 2019 world cup, where they lost to Pakistan in the World Cup 2019, despite winning the bilateral series by 4-0 which was held just ahead of the world cup and they ended up winning the final on super over. Also when they played one-off test match with Ireland just ahead of the Ashes, where they tumbled for just 85 in the first inning but ended up winning the test match by shattering Ireland for 38.

Then during the first match of the Ashes England started well by restricting Australia to 121 for 8 wickets down but Steve Smith changed the game completely as the England bowlers couldn’t stop him to score runs. Absence of Anderson pained them the most as root had to play with only 3 main bowlers. So Stokes, Root and Denly had to cover up for Anderson.

Off-spinner Moeen Ali wasn’t looking in his greatest form as he had an off-day or rather off-match despite of so much turn in the wicket.

The only positive for England was the century of Burns which went vain as he couldn’t get support from other batsmen. Chiris Woakes and Stuart Broad were looking in a good rhythm with the ball by swinging the ball both inwards and outwards. They had great seam, pace and lateral moment with the ball as there troubled most of the English batsmen. Broad had also taken a 5-wicket haul in the first innings which would boost his confidence ahead of the second test.

England Probable 11: Joe Root(c), Rory Burns, Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chirs Woakes, Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer.

Australia

Australia is looking strong ahead of the second test. They are coming from an extraordinary win by 251 runs. On day one of the first test match they were struggling with the bat. At one stage they were 122 for 8 but still there was hope in Steve Smith that he will bring Australia to a respectable score which he managed to do so.

There are lot of positives for Australia starting from Steve Smith’s big scores of 144 and 142; Nathon Lyon’s 6 wicket haul in the second innings also will give him confidence. Can’t forget the brilliant century of Mathew Wade and crucial knock of Patterson who stitched up an important partnership with Smith which turned to be match winning one. It was amazing to see Pat Cummins and Peter Siddle bowl with such great pace and seam.

Australia is unlikely to make any changes in the playing 11. Starc might play looking at the pitch and weather conditions.

Australia probable playing 11: Tim Paine(c),David Warner,Camron Bancrofft,Usman Khawaja,Steve Smith, Travis    Head, Matthew Wade, James Pattinson, Mitchel Starc, Nathon Lyon

Pitch & Weather Conditions

The home of cricket Lords in all set to host this match. The capacity of the stadium is 30,000 seats and all the tickets are sold except few VIP passes. This is the stadium where Ireland and England played a one-off test match a few weeks before and frankly there was so much help for the pace bowlers especially with the new ball. Chris Woakes took 6 for 17 vs. Ireland at Lords which made Ireland topple for just 38.

The forecasts say that the weather would be cloudy as usual with few scattered thunderstorms but hopefully won’t affect the result of the match. Due to the weather the captains won’t hesitate to bowl first if they win the toss. Pace bowlers like Archer, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc will enjoy bowling here.

Lords is also a ground where records/centuries are put up in the honour’s board, so it would be a great opportunity for youngsters of both the teams to showcase their talent.

Final Thoughts

Both the teams would look to start fresh with a positive approach. The umpiring standards were pretty ordinary last match, some decisions were very bad, and the batsmen were given wrongly out. The umpires didn’t understand the lateral movement of the ball. Most of the time the ball would miss the leg stump still they were give out, some batsmen/bowlers made use of DRS, some didn’t. So hopefully the remaining game we won’t such bad decisions made by the umpire.

Also David Warner and Bancorftt were shown sandpaper by the crowd when got out in the first match. This is such a shame; people don’t understand the hard work of the players and the come-back of players. This is really bad; instead of booing the players they must encourage and cheer for the players to perform well.

The second test is an opportunity for Jofra Archer(as Anderson is not available for the 2nd test match due to calf injury)to show his talent, potential in cricket’s real format. He will the opportunity to debut for his country at icon ground-The Lords. Sam Curran also has the opportunity to perform well with his all round ability. These two players could be the future of England in test matches.

Australia on the other hand would want to have Mitchell Starc back especially at Lord as he can be Lethal against the England batsmen. Aussies can also try young Marcus Harris to settle their batting order. Hopefully we will have a great game ahead and may the best team win.

Mohsin Ahmed
I'm Mohsin Ahmed, a cricket enthusiast, and follower. I have done my schooling in Chettinad Vidyashram and currently, I'm studying in SRM engineering college which is in Chennai, India. I am also a cricketer who plays for my college team. I have been writing for high profile sites since 2017 along with my school and college magazines. I closely watch each and every international match and even follow the IPL. My biggest dream is to play cricket for my country. Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, AB de Villers, and Ajinkya Rahane are my role models.