After a dodgy start, Australia recovered and won the first test against England in the Ashes 2019 series. The second test match between the two teams begins at Lords, London on Wednesday 14th August 2019. One can expect the usual London weather for this match – sunny in patches with rain coming down on other occasions. There is an air of expectancy around England for the match as tickets for the game are already sold out. Australia won their last meeting convincingly by 251 runs to begin their Ashes campaign on a positive note. Steve Smith with centuries in either innings was mainly responsible for the Aussies reaching respectable scores in both innings. Nathan Lyon turned the ball to take Australia to a victory which looked farfetched after the Australian batting collapse on the first day of the match.
Australia team preparations
The way Australians bounced back after the disastrous first two sessions on the first day of the first test must be heartening for the team management. They claimed a thumping victory in the end. Steve Smith was the savior for the team as expected. The first innings of Australia were in shambles before Smith batted gallantly to score 144 runs which were more than half the runs scored by the rest of the team. He went on to hammer another century in the second innings with a score of 142 runs. A century in either innings is quite a feat these days in test matches. This is only the second time in this century when the feat was accomplished in an Ashes series. First was Matthew Hayden who achieved the feat in 2002. Smith will be the thorn in the flesh for England in the second test and they will be desperate to remove him quickly. Australia is likely to retain the same side as the one for the first test going into this match.
England team preparations
England has plenty of work to do after they failed to drive home the advantage they had acquired on the first day of the first test. They had the Aussies struggling at 122 for 8 but Smith had other ideas. He proved to be the nemesis for them in both innings. Things got difficult for them after they lost their ace bowler James Anderson on the first day of the match with a calf injury. He is still doubtful for the series and is definitely out for the second test. Jofra Archer will take his place in the side. England was ordinary with the bat especially in the second innings against the spin of Nathan Lyon. But players such as Joe Denly will get another opportunity to prove themselves. Moeen Ali will be left out to accommodate Jack Leach as England will be looking at other spinning options. The Lord’s wicket will offer assistance to Archer and Chris Woaks but the England batting lineup still appears fragile.
England will be looking to bounce back immediately in the second test and level the series one-all or they will be left with a mountain to climb. After those brilliant opening two sessions on the first day, the home team was humbled by the arch-rivals and especially Steve Smith. They have to get him early to have any chances against the Aussie batting lineup. All-in-all Australia is more likely to go 2-0 up in the series by winning the Lord’s test.Not much in it though.
The Venue, Match Timing, and TV & Live Streaming
Venue: Lord’s, London.
Timing: Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 3.30 PM IST, 10.00 AM GMT.
TV: Sky Sports Cricket.
Live Streaming: Sky Go.