[caption id="attachment_879365" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-879365" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Simon-Harmer-Ashes-2019.jpg" alt="Ashes 2019, The Ashes 2019, England vs Australia, England, Australia, Nathan Lyon, Simon Harmer, Jack Leach, Moeen Ali" width="628" height="456" /> Harmer in his third season as a Kolpak for Essex was drafted in by England to replicate Lyon's spin. @ AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/england/news/">England</a> were clueless on to get rid of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/steven-smith/news/">Steve Smith</a>, who's twin centuries in the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/ashes-2019-australia-hammer-england-by-251-runs-what-we-learned-from-edgbaston-test-steve-smith-nathan-lyon-rory-burns-876412">first Ashes 2019 Test</a> paved the way for a historic win at Edgbaston. Now, ahead of the second match at Lord's on Thursday, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/joe-root/news/">Joe Root</a>'s side don't just have the problem of Smith, who made a fine return to the Test arena after serving his 12-month suspension, but also have to combat the threat of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/nathan-lyon/news/">Nathan Lyon</a>. <p></p> <p></p>Offspinner Lyon became the fourth Australia bowler to claim 350 or more wickets in Test cricket. He picked 3/112 in England's first innings at Edgbaston and drew an edge off allrounder Ben Stokes in the second dig to pick his fourth and 350th wicket. The 31-year-old then dismissed <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/moeen-ali/news/">Moeen Ali</a> to claim his 15th five-wicket haul too. He finished with figures of 6/49 as Australia recorded a big 251-run win to take 1-0 lead in the five-match series. <p></p> <p></p>According to a report in <em>The Telegraph</em>, England have sought the services of former South Africa spinner <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/simon-harmer/news/">Simon Harmer</a>, who was seen bowling at the batsmen during the net session on Monday. Harmer in his third season as a <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/kolpak">Kolpak</a> for Essex was drafted in by England to replicate Lyon's spin. And with Moeen dropped, the need for a spinner in the nets was imminent. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/articles/duanne-olivier-quits-south-africa-to-join-yorkshire-kolpak-the-biggest-threat-to-south-african-cricket-807945">Kolpak: The biggest threat to South African cricket</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>Harmer has played five Tests for South Africa before joining Essex in 2017 as a Kolpak player. He has taken almost 200 first-class wickets for Essex and averages just 18 this season. <p></p> <p></p>The Pretoria-born spinner could play for England once he completes the mandatory four-year qualification period, but England maintained that was not the reason he was drafted in for the net session at Lord's. <p></p> <p></p>Australia too followed the same strategy as England when they roped in a left-arm spinner from UAE to replicate <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/jack-leach">Jack Leach</a>'s spin. Leach, who may make his Ashes debut at Lord's, has been added to England's 12-man squad after Moeen was dropped following his struggles at Edgbaston. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/ashes-2019-absolutely-impossible-for-england-to-come-back-in-the-ashes-geoffrey-boycott-878997">'Absolutely impossible for England to come back in the Ashes'</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>Leach last appearance in Test cricket was not so long ago when his career-best 92 as a nightwatchman last month helped England recover after a first innings collapse saw them being skittled for 85 against Ireland. <p></p> <p></p>In five Tests since making his debut in 2018, the 28-year-old Leach has 20 wickets at 26.20 including a five-wicket haul. He has a decent first-class record as well with 270 wickets at 25.29 from 81 matches.