The Ashes 2015: England vs Australia Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
England vs Australia | Second Series 16-20 July, 2015 | Lord’s
England and Australia will go head to head in the second Test of the Ashes on Thursday at Lord’s Cricket Ground.
England Beat Australia by 169 runs inside four days in the first Test in Cardiff to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
Australia coach Darren Lehmann has hinted changes could be made for the second Ashes Test following their disappointing performance, with all-rounder Shane Watson seemingly the player most at risk of losing his place in the side.
Watson managed only 30 and 19 from his two innings with the bat – dismissed leg before in both knocks to take his career lbw dismissals to 29 – while delivering match bowling figures of 0-47 from 13 overs.
“At the end of day you don’t want to be getting out lbw all the time and you want to make more runs. Shane would be disappointed, so are we,” Lehmann said.
“It’s one of those things where you have to find a way and that’s something we probably didn’t do as a batting group, not just Shane.
“We’ll certainly look at the wicket and work out the best XI to win in those conditions and it means making changes, we’ll make changes.”
Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin’s position also looks to be in some danger for the second Test. The 37-year-old dropped England’s first innings centurion Joe Root second ball before he had got off the mark and looked untidy behind the stumps.
Australian selectors will be grappling with questions about form, injury and experience as they try to pick an XI to turn around their fortunes in a series set up to be more competitive than originally assumed.
However, captain Michael Clarke remain confident that their attack spearhead, Mitchell Starc, will be fit enough to take the field for the second Test.
Meanwhile, England captain Alastair Cook’s side who won the Ashes opener with a day to spare did not appear to have any injury concerns.
This is only the third time in 15 Ashes series that England have won the first Test, after 1997 and 2013. They will be hoping to build on their success and revenge their 5-0 whitewash to Australia last year.
“It was a brilliant performance. This Test couldn’t have gone any better. Joe Root was fantastic and the bowlers were superb,” Cook said about the victory.
“Everyone was talking about what’s gone on in the past, but this is a different side. We had to look forward. We always took the attacking option in this game.”
The Ashes 2015: England vs Australia Betting Tips
This is going to be a much tighter series than many people believe and the English seamers will pose a stronger threat that they did in the last series Down Under. However, Australia will be keen to rectify their wrongs-doings, and if Mitchell Starc wins his battle to be fit for the second Ashes Test they may well do so, priced at 7/5 with Betway.