The biggest test rivalry comes to the Home of Cricket as England and Australia head to Lord’s for the second Ashes test. England are desperately seeking for a turn in fortunes as they would like to square up the series at the ground where they won the World Cup. Despite the world champions tag, England in recent times weren’t satisfactory in the longest format. Before the Edgbaston defeat, they lost a series to West Indies and Ireland gave them a real scare. England certainly need to boost their confidence if they need to level the series at Lord’s. They need someone to stop Steve Smith who is unstoppable in this format. For this, they have called up a young and energetic Jofra Archer who wants to make it into the honors board.
Match: ENG vs AUS, 2nd Test, The Ashes
Date: 14th – 18th Aug 2019
Venue: Lord’s Cricket Ground, London
Time: 11 AM local, 3:30 PM IST
Where to watch (India): Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Sony Liv
In recent times, the home of cricket wasn’t friendly to the batsmen. When Ireland visited Lord’s recently, both the teams were all-out for under 100, which is the first instance in a test in England since 1907. In the last three test matches at Lord’s, there were as many as 7 totals under 250. The slope at Lord’s tends to favor left-handed batsmen and bowlers.
England (playing XII): Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Joe Root (c) Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes
Australia (playing XII): Cameron Bancroft, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Tim Paine (c, wk), Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, David Warner
Dream XI team:
Wicket-keepers: Matthew Wade
Batsmen: Joe Root, Rory Burns, Steve Smith, David Warner
All-rounders: Ben Stokes
Bowlers: Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer