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England vs Australia - 8/14/19 Ashes Cricket - 2nd Test Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Australia vs. England
Date & Time Wednesday August 14, 2019, 6:00 AM (EDT)
Location
Lord's
London, England
The Line
England +137 / Draw+400 / Australia +130
TV Channel
Willow
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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 Ali has been dropped for this match and has been replaced by Jack Leech.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. 

Pick:
England

Based in multiple cities around the world, Avijoy is a sports writer and handicapper with over 10 years experience. Avijoy has been at Sports Chat Place since 2015 and has been covering tennis, cricket and soccer. With a degree in statistics, Avijoy provides detailed mathematical edges which allow him to be successful in predicting winners on a consistent basis.   

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