<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Ashes 2013: 'Unified' Australia set to face England at Lord's" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130717204147.jpg" title="Ashes 2013: 'Unified' Australia set to face England at Lord's" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Michael Clarke (right) said that the Australian team is united and are moving in the right direction © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>London: Jul 17, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> In the wake of sacked coach Mickey Arthur's claims of factionalism in the team, Australia are unified to put up a strong show against England in the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Ashes-2013-2nd-Test-Preview-Australia-battling-controversy-and-deficit-against-England-at-Lord-s/29028" target="_blank">second Ashes Test</a> beginning at Lord's on Thursday.<br /> <br /> Arthur on Wednesday claimed that skipper <a href="/tags/Michael-Clarke/post" target="_blank">Michael Clarke</a> had said that all-rounder <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Michael-Clarke-called-Shane-Watson-a-cancer-on-Australian-team-Mickey-Arthur/29005" target="_blank">Shane Watson and his faction is a "cancer"</a> in the squad. He also alleged that he was made a victim of racial discrimination during his tenure.<br /> <br /> The South African, sacked 16 days before the first Test, has sued Cricket Australia (<a href="/tags/CA/post" target="_blank">CA</a>) for cutting short his contract and is seeking up to $3.69 million in compensation.<br /> <br /> In the first Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, hosts <a href="/tags/England/post" target="_blank">England</a> sneaked in a 14-run win after Australia's wicket-keeper batsman <a href="/tags/Brad-Haddin/post" target="_blank">Brad Haddin</a> and <a href="/tags/James-Pattinson/post" target="_blank">James Pattinson</a> struck a 10th wicket partnership and almost achieved the impossible by taking their team home on the fifth day.<br /> <br /> The eyes will again be on star pacer James Anderson, who clinched 10 wickets in the match at Trent Bridge and was later adjudged the man of the match.<br /> <br /> For the Australians, 19-year-old Ashton Agar, who made a record 98 on debut and became the highest scoring No11 batsman, will be in the limelight and expected to perform again.<br /> <br /> It was also announced on Wednesday that Queen Elizabeth II, sovereign of both nations, will be attending the first day of the Test.<br /> <br /> "The team is as galvanised as I can remember any Australian team. All the boys are in a really good place and we're looking forward to Thursday. We've got a fantastic group, with a great coach. He's united us. We're heading in the right direction," Clarke told reporters on the eve of the match.