Aussies look for a fightback
Ashes 2015 Match 2
Ashes 2015- Australia vs England Match 2 Preview
After much anticipation the Ashes started with the first Test at Cardiff but many touted it as no contest between this England team and the ‘mighty’ Australian. Many pundits and Cricket tipsters gave no chance to this English side and already began talking of a 5-0 whitewash.
The odds for Australia winning the series were as low as 1.44 before the start of series and now after a plucky show by the Englishmen it has skyrocketed to 2.75 (which is a brilliant price if anyone wants to back Aussies winning the series) while England being at 2.00.
Some of us grossly underestimated the England in England strength and forgot that it was the Australian golden era of Haydens, Pontings, Mcgraths, Lees, Warnes and Gilchrists who were unable to win the Ashes in England and this Australian team is still not there in terms of achievement. The last time Australians won Ashes in England was way back in 2001, this cannot be highlighted more after their loss in the first Test.
So what went wrong with this ostensibly invincible Australia Test line up. First of all it was their opponents and the home conditions which created awe for this team which certainly had their loopholes to plug in batting. With Shane Watson and Brad Haddin in not the best of forms a good bowling line up could remove these two with apt strategies as England did. The remaining two batsmen which forms the crux of this batting line up, Clarke and Smith, were unable to get to fifties in any of the innings. While Adam Voges has impressive stats in the first class cricket the pressure of playing in English conditions got to him.
The pace duo of Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc was believed to be the biggest factor for the visitors though latter managed to seven wickets in the match (including a five wicket haul in the first innings) they were not as effective as one would have liked them to be.
However, at Lords, apart from the Mitchells Josh Hazlewood will be the one on whom Australia will depend because over the past we have seen that bowlers bowling line and length at Lords have been rewarded. Glenn McGrath has played three matches at Lords and has picked up 26 wickets with an average of 11.50.
England would do well to maintain the pressure on Australia but their one area of concern will be their opening batsmen as none of them were able to contribute in substantial manner and with Starc and Johnson at the front.
In the bowling department Mark Wood was particularly impressive as bowled good lines and troubled the set batsmen.
Head to Head at Lords
These two teams faced each other 37 times at this epic stadium and Australia has an impressive record of 16 wins out of 37 played while 13 of them have been drawn England has won 8 times.
Ashes 2nd Test Match 2015- Australia vs England Teams
While Australians has given a hint of Watson being dropped for the second Test Brad Haddin is set to miss the second one not because he is being dropped but due to personal reasons. While there was an injury scare for Mitchell Starc but he is all set to take part in the second test. Peter Nevil and Mitchell Marsh are expected to replace the two.
Australia (probable) 1 David Warner, 2 Chris Rogers, 3 Steven Smith, 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 Adam Voges, 6 Mitchell Marsh, 7 Peter Nevill (wk), 8 Mitchell Johnson, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Nathan Lyon, 11 Josh Hazlewood
England has named an unchanged 13 man squad for the second Test and is expected to go with an unchanged XI.
England (probable) 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Adam Lyth, 3 Gary Ballance, 4 Ian Bell, 5 Joe Root, 6 Ben Stokes, 7 Jos Buttler (wk), 8 Moeen Ali/Adil Rashid, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 Mark Wood, 11 James Anderson
Ashes 2nd Test Match 2015- Australia vs England Pitch Report
Lords pitch should be an excellent wicket for the batsmen and high scores are expected here in the second test. While the pitch for the first Test was slow and time kept low the pitch here is expected to have some bounce.
Ashes 2nd Test Match 2015- Australia vs England Winner Prediction
The odds here show a very close contest is anticipated by the bookmakers. While bookmakers have become wary of this England team, who were as short as 5/1 at the start of the first Test, they are still favouring Australia with odds of 2.37. England is not far behind with 2.75 and Draw price is 3.75.
We are going with Aussies to make it 1-1 in the series.