This composite photo illustration shows England captain Alastair Cook (left) and Australia captain Michael Clarke. Photo: Getty Images Cricket
Spectators queue prior to day one of the second Ashes Test match between England and Australia at Lord’s Cricket Ground. Photo: Getty Images
Australian batsman Usman Khawaja (left), who has been included in Australia second Test team at the expense of Ed Cowan (right). Photo: Getty Images
England captain Alistair Cook.
England captain Alastair Cook (second from left) wins the toss against Australian counterpart Michael Clarke (centre), under the supervision of match referee Ranjan Madugalle (second from right). Photo: Getty Images
Join Jesse Hogan for coverage of the opening day’s play from Lord’s.Hello and welcome to our coverage of the second Ashes Test between England and Australia, being played at Lord’s in London. Play is due to begin in just over an hour, at 2000 AEST.For anyone wanting to re-live the remarkable end to the first Test at Trent Bridge there is a highlights package currently showing on Fox Sports 2 in Australia. The visitor’s second innings about to begin.Poor start for David Warner in his first innings since his pub-punch suspension in England, but he’s not alone. He made 6 off 9 deliveries in the three-day match against Zimbabwe in Harare before being caught behind. The home team’s seamer Kyle Jarvis reduced Austrlaia to 3-39 in just the 11th over, claiming the scalps of Nic Maddinson (8 off 9) and captain Aaron Finch (11 off 22) in addition to Warner. Aus A 3-50 in the 14th over with Alex Doolan, who I rate very highly, 21* and Moises Henriques 1*.Aus A team: Nic Maddinson, Aaron Finch (c), Alex Doolan, David Warner, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine, Josh Hazlewood, Fawad Ahmed, Pat Cummins, Gurinder Sandhu.
Could there be a huge selection shock for the second Test in a row, this time from England instead of Australia? Michael Vaughan suspects so. Chris Tremlett has had a torrid time with injuries since the 2010-11 Ashes and was not in the official 13-man squad, but has been training with the main group at Lord’s in recent days.
Finn not with England.. But Tremlett is!!!!??? #Ashes— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 18, 2013
Or maybe not….
Forget that… Finn has just joined the warm ups… #Ashes— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 18, 2013
Consensus among the Aussie press corps is that two changes have been made: Usman Khawaja in for Ed Cowan and Ryan Harris in for Mitch Starc. Here’s the explanation from my colleague Andrew Wu: Harris and Khawaja in for Lord’s Test.
An update from our lead correspondent Chloe Saltau at Lord’s involving Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland, who is now back in London. She says he is confident about CA’s legal liabilities over Mickey Arthur sacking, despite this week’s court action, and that the subsequent improvement in team culture and morale has been stark: Australian team galvanised by change, CEO says.
As conjecture swirls about the composition of the England team – specifically, who Finn will be dropped for – veteran English scribe reckons Tim Bresnan is looking the most likely.
Looks like Bres marking his run— mike selvey (@selvecricket) July 18, 2013
Seemingly no weather concerns at Lord’s. But as a life-long Melburnian I refuse to take anything weather-related for granted.
Lord’s Member’s Pavilion #Ashes#ReturnTheUrn#eggandbaconpic.twitter杭州夜生活m/py0WwnuyyQ— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) July 18, 2013
Toss to be done in the next minute or so.
Lord’s. Peerless for history – and crimes against fashion. Only egg and bacon I like is on a plate, or maybe a roll.
Regular understudy Usman Khawaja to play his first Test in 20 months, since he was dropped in the aftermath of Australia’s shock Test lost at home to New Zealand at Bellerive Oval. Will again bat at No.3. It’s going to be tough for the man he replaced, Ed Cowan, to get another crack given he made his debut in the Test after Khawaja was dropped.
Toss done. Won by England’s Alastair Cook, who chooses to bat first. England includes Tim Bresnan for Steve Finn; Australia Usman Khawaja and Ryan Harris for Ed Cowan and Mitch Starc.
A shuffle in the Australian batting order, with Michael Clarke and Phillip Hughes swapping positions. I know Clarke’s got a bad record at No.4 but I really don’t like this change, especially one Test into a series. While No.5 might be ideal for Clarke in this current team he needs to accept more responsibility and bat at No.4. Just my view.
England has won the toss and will bat. #Ashes#ReturnTheUrnpic.twitter杭州夜生活m/r0USipA34K— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) July 18, 2013
Seems I was 15 minutes’ off in my comment about when play would start. The Queen neglected to let me know she was stopping by Lord’s. Start is just over 20 minutes’ away, at 2015 AEST.
Clarke gives a lesson on how to make the name “Ed” exotic.
Clarke just introduced Cowan to the Queen as “Eduardo Cowan”. #Ashes— Brydon Coverdale (@brydoncoverdale) July 18, 2013
On Australia’s other change. Starc for Harris, I think it’s a good one. Starc definitely has a huge future ahead of him but right at the moment if he’s not at or near his best I don’t think he warrants a place in the first-choice team. Either Harris or Jackson Bird would’ve been good selections, although Harris arguably a more like-for-like replacement for Starc because he is a strike bowler.
Harris did not play last season until February but was superb in the last six weeks of it. If only his body wasn’t so fickle, he’d be close to first picked in the Test attack. He may not be able to back up for consecutive Tests but I reckon he’ll just go flat-out regardless of that. He’s not the type who’ll leave anything in the tank.
Captain Cook makes his first right call for the match.
“He’s been waiting in the wings for a while, he’s batted over the past 12 months in first-class cricket and in the nets when he’s been around the Australian group, so he’s ready for this opportunity.” – MICHAEL CLARKE, interviewed after losing the toss, about the selection of Usman Khawaja.
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