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England vs Australia Preview: The Ashes 2nd Test, what tv channel, and online live cricket match

England vs Australia, 2nd Test Preview
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England vs Australia Preview: The Ashes 2nd Test, what tv channel, and online live cricket match

Ashes 2019: Australia are likely to play Josh Hazlewood ahead of Mitchell Statc in the 2nd Test against England starting August 14 at Lord’s. Australia had won the 1st of a 5-Test series by 251 runs last week.

Match Title

England v Australia, 2nd Ashes Test
Lord’s, London
14 August, 11.00am local, 10.00am GMT

Related Post: The Ashes Series 2019  

Match Preview

Joe Root’s men were beaten by 251 runs in the first Test at Edgbaston, and not since the 1930s has a team come from 2-0 down to win an Ashes series.

England have responded to that defeat by dropping out-of-form spinning all-rounder Moeen Ali, with left-armer Jack Leach set to come in for his Ashes debut after scoring a memorable 92 as nightwatchman against Ireland on this ground last month.

The other change to the England side is an enforced one, with James Anderson out after injuring his calf just four overs into his opening spell at Edgbaston. World Cup hero Jofra Archer is expected to make his Test debut after proving his fitness with seven wickets and a century for Sussex’s second XI last week, with Sam Curran once again the unlucky man likely to miss out.

England’s primary problem will be getting the better of former Aussie captain Steve Smith. The 30-year-old was the difference between the sides in the first Test, scoring a century in both innings and, at times, looking impossible to dismiss.

Team News

Moeen Ali has been dropped from the team and replaced with left-armer Jack Leach. Moeen scored just four runs in the 251 defeat in the first Test at Edgbaston. Jofra Archer is also likely to take to the field after missing the first Test to have more time to recover from a side strain.

Pace bowlers James Anderson and Olly Stone will be missing due to injuries. Anderson’s performance at Edgbaston was affected after he aggravated a calf injury, while a lower back injury has put Stone out for the next two weeks.

England squad: Joe Root (capt), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.

Australia, meanwhile, have left pace bowler James Pattinson out of their 12-man squad, with Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood vying for recalls.

Pattinson was part of the team that won by 251 runs at Edgbaston, taking two wickets on his first Test appearance in almost three years.

Cricket Australia confirmed all players were available for selection, but, with Pattinson’s longstanding fitness problems and the next two Tests coming back to back, the decision to stand him down appears to be a case of workload management.

Australia squad: David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine (c, wk), Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon.

What TV channel is it on?

Sky Sports have exclusive live coverage of the Ashes, and you can watch every ball on Sky Sports Cricket as well as Sky Sports Main Event. Those without Sky can catch the match by purchasing a day pass, or watch online via Now TV.

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