Australia rest Pattinson, England forced to replace injured Anderson
The axing of all-rounder Moeen Ali for the second test has piled more pressure onto this English outfit. Injuries to fast bowlers Mark Wood, James Anderson and now Olly Stone has somewhat-created a pile of carnage for England in this year’s Ashes series. If the 251-run defeat to the Aussies wasn’t bad enough, the loss of their most experienced & damaging seamer Jimmy Anderson is a major blow to their Ashes campaign. Having said that, England’s Plan B in terms of replacing a superstar fast bowler isn’t a bad one at all. Set to make his test debut for England at Lord’s, Jofra Archer will be looking to make an impact with the swinging duke ball in the absence of Anderson. England had a number of disappointing individuals at Edgbaston, Jos Buttler managed just 6 runs in both innings playing as a specialist batsman, while Joe Denly could only register 18 & 11 batting at No. 4. All-rounder Moeen Ali was also underwhelming with his output with both bat and ball, he was dismissed cheaply in both innings with the willow and claimed just the three wickets as England’s specialist spinner. Both Denly and Buttler will be under the spotlight in this second test, two changes are expected for the second test. Spinner Jack Leach is expected to replace Moeen Ali for the second test at Lord’s.
England (possible) – 1. Rory Burns 2. Jason Roy 3. Joe Root (c) 4. Joe Denly 5. Jos Buttler 6. Ben Stokes 7. Jonny Bairstow (wk) 8. Chris Woakes 9. Stuart Broad 10. Jofra Archer 11. Jack Leach.
There’s a high-possibility that Australia could go into this second Ashes test at Lord’s with just one change. Despite having some serious firepower in the form of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood sitting on their bench, it would be a surprising decision to omit both Peter Siddle and Pat Cummins. Speaking of Pat Cummins, he’ll more likely than not play majority of the series, leaving James Pattinson and Peter Siddle as possible rotations. Siddle’s ability to bowl a perfect line & length consistently in the first test not to mention his crucial match-saving partnership with Steve Smith in the first innings should see him hold his spot as well. Confirmation that James Pattinson has been rested for this second test leaves just one spot for one of Mitchell Starc or Josh Hazlewood, other than that Australia’s XI seems pretty settled. Cameron Bancroft was disappointing in his return managing just 8 & 7 with the bat in the first test, however David Warner wasn’t any better which makes it hard to drop one over the other. Victorian opener Marcus Harris is Australia’s third-choice opener if called upon.
Australia (possible) – 1. Cameron Bancroft 2. David Warner 3. Usman Khawaja 4. Steve Smith 5. Travis Head 6. Matthew Wade 7. Tim Paine (c & wk) 8. Pat Cummins 9. Peter Siddle 10. Nathan Lyon 11. Josh Hazlewood/Mitchell Starc.
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