Peter Nevill will make his Test debut for Australia © Getty Images
Peter Nevill will make his Test debut for Australia © Getty Images

England will aim to keep their momentum intact when the Ashes 2015 resumes against Australia at the historical venue of Lord’s. England won the first Test by 169 runs within four days at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. Joe Root was the Man of the Match in the first Test for his brilliant century in the first essay and a crucial half-century in the second innings that ensured a win for England. Australia did not bat responsibly and hence suffered a massive loss, which will surely pinch them going ahead into this series. The hosts are likely to retain their playing eleven, whereas Australia have made two changes. Live cricket scorecard: England vs Australia, 2nd Test at Lord’s

Peter Nevill will finally get his Test debut as Brad Haddin had pulled out of the second Test, citing personal reasons. It is still unknown why Haddin opted out of the Lord’s Test — like he had done in the 2009 Test at the same venue. Talking about the form, Haddin has been going through a lean patch, and it will be a huge challenge for him to get some runs and win matches for his team in his final series. READ: 10 things you need to know about Peter Nevill, Australia’s new wicketkeeper

England will feel that they have an upperhand after that win in the first Ashes 2015 Test. They batted responsibly, took all the catches that came their way and most importantly, were very disciplined with their bowling line and lengths. READ: Ashes 2015 England vs Australia, 2nd Test at Lord’s: Preview

Australia have already announced their playing eleven. While Nevill has replaced Haddin as the wicketkeeper, the struggling Shane Watson has made way for the in-form Mitchell Marsh. The left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc has also been declared fit for this clash. Live cricket updates: England vs Australia, 2nd Test at Lord’s, Day 1

TEAMS:

England (Playing XI): Alastair Cook (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Joe Root, Ian Bell, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Moeen Ali, Gary Ballance, Adam Lyth, Ben Stokes, Mark Wood.

Australia (Playing XI): Michael Clarke (c), David Warner, Chris Rogers, Steve Smith, Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon.

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