England Make Changes In Bid To Win Second Ashes Test At Lord’s

By Dhanu Delphi on August 12, 2019

England went from being cricket betting favourites to win the Ashes to underdogs at the sportsbooks in just one test match. The second Ashes tests will take place at the home of cricket, Lord’s, from August 4 to 18. Needless to say, England will be under pressure to bounce back after losing the first test.

Second Ashes Betting Odds

The media have given England a hard time over their performance in the first test. All the same, the sportsbooks are still backing England to fight back. On 12 August, bookies such as Betway and Bet365 have offered odds of 2.85 on England winning, and 2.85 on Australia winning. There are also odds of 2.85 on a draw, as there is a strong possibility that rain could play a role in the second test.

Will The Bowling Changes Work For England?

The loss of the experienced Jimmy Anderson during the first session of the first test significantly hurt England. It is quite possible that Anderson will not only miss the rest of the series, but never play an Ashes test match again. His injury has opened the door for Jofra Archer to be selected for the second test. The latter will most likely make his debut at Lord’s.

It is a big occasion for the 24-year-old Archer who made a name for himself during the 2019 ICC World Cup. Archer is keen on playing test cricket for England. He could also be a big weapon for England provided he is fully fit. The selectors decided to leave him out for the first test as he was recovering from injury. However, he is now reportedly fit to take the field at Lord’s.

It is a big gamble playing Archer at Lord’s. If he goes down like Anderson, Joe Root and England are going to be in quite a pickle. Still, it a gamble worth taking as his raw pace and youthfulness is what England need to pick themselves up in the second test.

Moeen Ali failed with both bat and ball in the first test. It has subsequently cost him his place in the squad. England have decided to replace Ali with left arm spinner Jack Leach. He has played five tests for England so far and knows that the second Ashes test will be the biggest match of his career till date.

Joe Denly Or Sam Curran?

Former England captain Michael Vaughn wants the selectors to make a third change. He wants them to drop batsman Joe Denly and bring in young Sam Curran. Denly had a poor game in the first test scoring 18 in the first innings and 11 in the second. It will be a harsh call to drop him after just one Ashes test. Especially given the fact that experienced batsmen like Jos Butler and Jonny Bairstow also had poor games.

Sam Curran has been brilliant whenever he has had the opportunity to put on the whites for England. Curran brings variety to the bowling attack with his left arm swing and he has shown that he is indeed a handy batsman who has a never say die attitude. The problem with picking Curran is that England cannot afford to drop a specialist batsman. Vaughn’s solution is to play Ben Stokes as a specialist batsman and consider Curran as the all-rounder.

While that is a good suggestion, it is not very likely to happen in the second test. That’s because the selectors will want to strengthen their batting going into the second test.

Butler And Bairstow Must Fire in Second Ashes

These two wicket-keeper batsmen have played a major role in reviving English cricket in the shorter formats of the game. Butler is playing as a pure batsman in test cricket and he will have to play a big innings as a senior player in the side. Bairstow will also have to bat with the lower order and cause the tail to wag if England are going to win the second Ashes test.