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Jolted England eye revival against confident Australia

Eng vs Aus, Jolted England eye revival against confident Australia

Jolted England eye revival against confident Australia
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On the opening day of Birmingham, England's progress was rejected as a result of James Anderson's injury as the veteran pacer made just four overs before leaving the field due to a calf injury. The hosts couldn't seize the advantage, despite claiming a healthy first-innings lead of 90, and Australia had firm control when they posted 487/7 in their second outing.
Nevertheless, England captain Joe Root will expect his bowling unit to feature perhaps Jofra Archer, against Australia and especially Steve Smith, who scored 9 and 12 in the first Test.


Australia, meanwhile, will be pumped. Their win at Edgbaston was the first of the Ashes series in the first Test since 2005. In addition to Smith's unmatched ability as a batsman, Matthew Wade's steady century in the second innings pleased the management. Mitchell Starc, who missed in Birmingham, could return to XI and prove fatal to Lord's famous operetta - he took nine wickets in two matches at Lord's during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2012.


Remember the last time

Coming in at 122/8 on the opening day of the first Ashes Test, Smith led a great comeback for Australia and his 24th Test century brought the visitors to a respectable 284 in the first innings., the No. 2 batsman in the MRF Tires ICC men's Test rankings, then put on another strong performance in the second innings, this time finding support for Wade, who scored an unbeaten 5 in his Test return as Australia edged England away 398.


Nathan Lyon then exploited the fifth-day surface to producing a match-winning spell of 6/49, as the visitors completed a comprehensive 251-run win to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

What they said
Jofra Archer, England paceman: "I personally believe in Test cricket you get a lot more opportunities to redeem yourself. In 50 overs, if you don’t have a good 10 overs that’s it – you’ve got wait till the next game. You have ample chances to do it in the red-ball game. I’m probably more ready than I’ve ever been."


Mitchell Starc, Australia speedster: "We want to win this Ashes. Whether that’s a different bowling attack each game, or the same through five Test matches, it’s pretty exciting. We're prepared for all conditions, whether it be flat, green, seaming, swinging, slow, fast. It's exciting to have everyone up and firing and plenty to choose from."


Conditions
Rains are forecast at various points during the match, with temperatures in the range of 14-17°C

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