Australia vs. England
|Date & Time||Wednesday August 14, 2019, 6:00 AM (EDT)|
England +137 / Draw+400 / Australia +130
The second Ashes test match between England and Australia is set to take place at Lord’s. Australia won at Edgbaston and lead the series 1-0.
Australia were led extremely well by Steve Smith who scored 2 centuries to help the team post good totals. The century in the first inning was particularly impressive as Smith as he scored over 50% of the team’s runs. Matthew Wade also showed outstanding form by scoring an impressive second innings century. Nathan Lyon and Pat Cummins were the two main bowlers for Australia as they performed extremely well to take 20 wickets. Lyon was very impressive on the final day as he took 6 wickets to win the game for Australia.
As far as England are concerned, it was a nightmare start for the team as they lost at a ground that was considered a fortress. Moeen Ali was poor and the spinner was hugely responsible in allowing Australia to post a massive second innings total. Ali has been dropped for this match and has been replaced by Jack Leech. Jimmy Anderson, who injured his calf at Edgbaston, will also miss this game. Jofra Archer is expected to replace Anderson. England lacked penetration with the ball in the second innings but with Archer returning to the side, there should be an improvement in this match. Chris Woakes will be a major player for England in this match as the seam bowler has an outstanding record at Lord’s.
Following the result at Edgbaston, Lord’s should produce a very green pitch. This should suit the likes of Broad and Woakes who are masters of using green conditions. The conditions should be suited to England’s batting.
Australia will be confident following their win at Edgbaston but I see England winning this match. England have played extremely well at Lord’s over the past few years and they have players like Woakes who are very good at using the conditions of the ground. England are still a very strong cricketing team and I see them bouncing back and leveling the series.