The summer’s Ashes series continues on Thursday morning at Lord’s with England leading the series 1-0 following an exhilarating first test at Trent Bridge last week, which the Lions won by 14 runs.
England trailed by 65 runs following the first set of innings but an improved second innings saw England make 375, with Ian Bell posting the top score of 109.
Australia battled back well with expected grit and began to close in on victory until Brad Haddin was called out following use of the Decision Review System which picked up a faint edge before he was caught out by Jimmy Anderson.
Excitement is now building ahead of the second test and if there’s even half as much entertainment as there was in the first match, it will be another game to remember.
Speculation surrounds the position of bowler Steven Finn who struggled for periods during the first test in Nottingham. He was only able to claim two wickets in 25 overs, which cost England a total of 117 runs.
Tim Bresnan and Graham Onions are the two possible replacements for Finn with the two players remaining in an unchanged 13-man squad from the first test.
However, coaches Andy Flower and Ashley Giles have a tough decision to make as Finn has impressed when playing for the national side on his home ground.
The Middlesex fast bowler has picked up 29 test wickets in the five England test matches he’s been involved in at Lord’s so could well remain in the squad.
Anderson is expected to keep his place despite fears on whether or not he would be fit following his exertions during the first test. The Lancashire fast-bowler took ten wickets at Trent Bridge but it is hoped that he will be fit for the second test.
Speculation has unearthed suggesting a rift in the Australian camp following the opening test in Nottingham.
A document was leaked to Australian press suggesting that Michael Clarke and Steve Watson were at loggerheads but this accusation was rejected by Haddin during a press conference earlier this week.
Teenager Ashton Agar was given a surprise call up for the first test but impressed by making 98 runs in Australia’s first innings from the bottom of the order. He’ll hope to bring his excellent start to his international career into the second test to push the Aussies on in an attempt to level the series.
England are favourites to extend their series advantage to 2-0 by winning this test and a number of bookies, including BetVictor, provide odds of 10/11.
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You can watch live action of all five days of the second test on Sky Sports Ashes.