Australia heads into the second Ashes test at Lords needing a massive turnaround of form and fortunes if they’re to get their Ashes campaign back on track.
Despite Australia’s convincing loss in the first Test in Cardiff, Australia has historically performed well in Ashes tests at Lords with 15 wins, 7 losses and 13 draws. However England has claimed their last two encounters at the venue.
Michael Clarke will have some new faces in the side with at least one change forced by the departure of Brad Haddin.
Both captains expect a similar surface and conditions at Lord’s as to that in Cardiff, with the exception of the distinct slope at Lords. Michael Clarke said: “I think it will be a little bit tacky to start and seam around early so it will be difficult to bat on. But it does look like a pretty good wicket. Generally at Lord’s, once the sun comes out, it is a good wicket to bat on.”
Mitchell Johnson displayed some magnificent form with the bat, but will be hoping for some more scalps with the ball.
We’re in for another gripping Ashes contest.
Possible XI: Alastair Cook (c), Adam Lyth, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, James Anderson.
Possible XI: Adam Voges, David Warner, Steve Smith, Michael Clarke (C), Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill (wk), Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon.