The Ashes Second Test: England looking for repeat performance

With the first Test of the current Ashes series between England and Australia ending in a nail-biting conclusion at Trent Bridge on Sunday, The Ashes tickets are selling out fast.

The two five-day giants will once again slog it out this Thursday, this time at Lords as the home of cricket plays host to the most famous battle in cricket.

The Three Lions take a morale-boosting 1-0 lead into this second Test having secured victory over the Aussies in dramatic fashion in Nottingham, with a 14-run win.

England’s hero from that match was swing bowler James Anderson, who’s five-fers in each innings not only gave the seamer a 10-wicket haul, but also ensured the English had the edge over their opponents.

The home side are set to name an unchanged team after their triumph, whilst Australia are expected to tweak their starting XI.

After failing to impress in the first tie Ed Cowan is likely to be dropped in favour of Usman Khawaja, although a major upheaval of the team isn’t probable.

A real bonus for the Baggy Greens has been the emergence of 19-year-old Ashton Agar, who’s Test debut performance last week did not deserve to be on the losing side, with the spinner showing he is also handy with the bat by scoring 112 runs in two innings.

Despite the positivity surrounding Agar, the Australian hierarchy of captain Michael Clarke and new coach Darren Lehmann know they have a tough task on their hands to save this series.

The players will need to pick themselves up after the heartbreak of such a tight defeat at Trent Bridge, whilst England will want to turn the knife.

Skipper Alastair Cook looks calm and collected on the pitch, but the 28-year-old knows the hosts need to kick on and secure another victory at Lords to really grab the initiative.

With an uncharacteristically hot English summer coinciding with the series, demand for The Ashes tickets is high and the tension and skill on show is only adding to the spectacle.

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