England vs. Australia: Second Ashes Test Preview
England vs. Australia: Second Ashes Test Preview

England and Australia will clash in the second Test of the five-match Ashes series starting from Wednesday at Lord's. The home side will be coming in this match low on confidence after suffering a mammoth 251-run defeat in the series opener. Lord's will be the venue for the contest and it will be the 139th Test to be played at the Home of Cricket. In the recent past, the pitch at the ground is becoming more batting friendly before helping spinners come the fourth and fifth day of the match. Therefore, Nathan Lyon can become a potent weapon for the visitors. Highest team score of 729-6 (dec) at the ground in a five-day format was registered by Australia in 1930 whereas lowest team total of 38 was registered by Ireland in 2019.

After a horrid show in Birmingham, there are at least two changes expected in the England's playing eleven where pacer Jofra Archer is set to make his Test debut in place of injured James Anderson whereas left-arm spinner Jack Leach will replace out-of-form off-spinner Moeen Ali. In the batting department, the team will be once again relying on captain Joe Root, opener Rory Burns and all-rounder Ben Stokes to score bulk of the runs, whereas on the bowling front, the onus will be on the likes of veteran pacer Stuart Broad, right-armer Chris Woakes and young Archer to produce timely breakthroughs.

On the other hand, Australia will come in the match high on confidence after

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Azeem Siddiqui
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