After their wickets where knocked, England go into test two hopefully with a new outlook. A first test lose can always equal to an Ashes win as the 1981 and 2005 Ashes proved this. England lost their first test but went onto winning the competition without making a change to their team. Could this be the plan going forward for Trevor Bayliss’s team or should England make a few changes?
Australia won by 251 runs leaving England to run out of hope in test one. The England team soldiered through the first test with 10 men as their leading man James Anderson took an injury to his calf, which will see him miss the second test at Lords. But not to worry as England are fired up with new ammo as Jofra Archer will be making a debutant after his outstanding performance which helped England win the Cricket World Cup. He was brought on for the World Cup super over, but can he handle the pressure from the Ashes? Is Trevor reassured by Archer’s comment reported by BBC; ‘I’m probably more ready than I’ve ever been. I’ve bowled 50 overs in one game already for Sussex and I’m usually the one bowling the most overs anyway.’ The 24-year-old seems pretty confident going into such a big game but his international experience will differ from the play at Lords this week.
Should England really be worried when they have Chris Woakes. The England Bowler has previously taken 20 test wickets at Lords, seeing him sit at fourth spot for the best bowling average. If his form at Lords continues to be on 100 then It’s sure to give England the big running they need.
Let’s get back to the team sheet for test two as it looks as if Moeen Ali will be left out of the second test in exchange for Jack Leach. Moeen was also taken off the team at the later stages of the World Cup, after his form began to struggle throughout the summer tournament. However, he still stands in top position for the leading wicket taker in the last year. Somerset County player Jack has 20 wickets in five tests since 2018 and will be a player that could potentially out play the Baggy Greens Nathan Lyon.
England Test Two Squad: Joe Root (captain), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.
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