England v Australia 2nd Ashes Test Tips, Predictions and Preview - Will Woakes' record inspire England?

England's Chris Woakes will be key at Lord's (PA Images)

A come-from-behind comprehensive 251-run win in the first Test gave Australia a 1-0 lead in the five-match Ashes series and the caravan now moves to Lord’s, where England do not have a particularly happy record against the visitors.

Since 1938, England have won only two Lord’s Tests against Australia and have lost their last one to them in 2015 by 405 runs. Although Australia do not boast of a positive away record in the recent past, it is the visitors who start the game as favourites.

England


After the drubbing at Edgbaston, England dropped Moeen Ali and recalled Jack Leach to their 12. The bespectacled left-arm spinner hopes to tie the loose ends up, after a match-winning performance against Ireland here, albeit with the bat.

England will most likely hand a debut to the exciting Jofra Archer, their best bowler from the World Cup with 20 wickets, in place of James Anderson. The speedster warmed up with an all-round performance for Sussex second XI, and will hope to slot seamlessly into the Test side. Even otherwise, England have a lot of concerns over their batting with the top-order leading the failures.

Australia


From being 122 for 8 in the first innings to a comprehensive rout, Australia banked on the superlative performance of their returning talisman Steve Smith (144 & 142). He also has a double hundred in his last visit to this venue, and Australia will hope he continues his good form.

The visitors could also contemplate bringing Mitchell Starc in the place of Peter Siddle to take advantage of the swinging conditions. Nathan Lyon will once again be crucial, with the famous slope at Lord’s adding dramatic drift to his lovely flight.

Match Up


Australia showed everyone just why they are so difficult to face in any Ashes series. Although Smith bossed the contest, the form of Travis Head, Usman Khawaja and Mathew Wade gave them a lot to cheer. England had just the debut century of Rory Burns to cheer, and will be desperate to bounce back. Another loss could confine the series firmly in the visiting corner. The addition of Archer and Leach is expected to lift the side that is searching for an inspirational comeback.

History & Statistics


  • England have won six of their last eight home Tests (W6, D1, L1).
  • England aren’t involved in a draw for 15 Tests now, since March 2018 (W10, L5).
  • England have won just two Lord’s Tests against Australia since 1938 (W2, D9, L10).
  • England have not lost consecutive home Tests since against South Africa in July 2008.
  • Australia have lost ten of their last 16 away Tests (W4, D2, L10).
  • Australia have lost seven of their last 12 Tests in England (W3, D2, L7).
  • Australia have not won three Ashes Tests in England in a row, since 2001.

Key Players


Chris Woakes enjoys Lord’s and has 24 wickets at the venue at just 9.75 runs apiece. He even has a Test hundred here, becoming only the fifth player to score a century, take an innings five-for and a match ten-for at Lord’s. His swing will be vital for Australia.

Head played really well along with Smith at Edgbaston and showed that his calm presence helps the team. Another good knock could be in the pipeline.

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