England take on Australia in the Second Test of The Ashes at Lord’s looking to build on their win last week.
James Anderson was crucial on the fifth day of the First Test at Trent Bridge, taking the last four Australian wickets. It was dramatic, exciting and emotionally draining for everyone involved.
And now, the teams head to the “Home of Cricket” at Lord’s where they have a strong history, overall.
With the UK bathing in sun for the past week and temperatures hitting 30 degrees in England, the Trent Bridge pitch deteriorated during the first Test.
But as Simon Hughes writes in the Daily Telegraph, Lord’s will be different and that should suit the hosts.
The same thing will not happen at Lord’s. There is not much love lost between the MCC ground-staff and the England heirarchy and anyway Lord’s does not do dodgy, or excessively dry pitches. They are always immaculate. It will suit England. Their batsmen will be able to play their strokes. Their bowlers will find movement and carry. And the best team will definitely win.
There were a number of positives for England in the First Test with Ian Bell’s 109 in the second innings the most memorable innings.
Kevin Pietersen was unable to play his natural attacking game in Nottingham and that was a direct result of a slow surface in the First Test.
Lord’s is a historic venue in English cricket, with the 127th Test match being played there this week. It will be a daunting prospect for the Aussies, with England backed by the home fans — and maybe a more conducive surface.