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Five key issues for Lord's y s Test.

D and Australia resumed battle at Lord's h the tourists 1-0 ahead following their win at Edgbaston.

ENGLAND today with thumping w Here, w match.

e address the key issues ahead of the En di ngland lost the first Test by 251 runs, what is ifferent this time? 1 At least two personnel for a start. Paceman Jofra Archer is a certainty to take r from the injured James Anderson and at st one of their left-armers - spinner Jack ach and swing bowler Sam Curran - will ay. Perhaps both.Between them, they ill; add variety. Archer routinely reaches 90mph and hit a top speed of 95.7mph during the World Cup.

m over leas Lea pla wed He is uncapped at Test level but prers bowling with a red ball and can unsettop players with his bouncer. If selected rran offers a change of angle and a natal ability to swing the ball. Leach, meanile, replaces the out-of-sorts Moeen Ali in squad and could bring greater control as as testing the theory that Steve Smith is rable to slow left-armers.

fer tle Cur ura whi the well vulne Is Steve Smith really vulnerable to anything in this form? 2 England had no answers to Smith's twin centuries in Birmingham, and his stints at the crease might only have ved to fine tune him for more of the same. her way, it is fanciful to think Leach, with e Tests and 20 wickets to his name, will ddenly become his Kryptonite.

long serv Eith five sudP tion Privately, England are keeping expectans realistic and would probably accept a n. They 8 on his containment job from the Somerset man. will also be aware he scored 215 and 58 last appearance at the home of cricket.

What will the pitch do? 3 to conatch will s that en st It takes a brave or a foolish man fidently predict how a five-day maunfold but the consensus suggestthings will be a little easier on the batsmethan they were in England's recent Tesagainst Ireland.

of ed arl n do Captain Joe Root was publicly critical othe surface after both sides were skittlefor under 100 and Lord's groundsman KaMcDermott will be keen to show he can his bit to ensure less frantic fare.

What impact will the weather have? 4 y one, attered ch. Sigvour the Australeander in The forecast is terrible for day with the potential for further scashowers during the rest of the matcnificant chunks of lost time generally favside with an existing advantage, leaving ia happier than England if matters methe direction of a draw.

Root must be careful not to chase the hard and risk losing it, though. England's lection could also hinge on the weather, wless likely to play the shorter the game is. e game too s team sewith Leach s. ? alia in par-Lord's and ther dressoakes.

Are there any more reasons for optimism?5 For all touring teams, and Austraticular, relish the chance to come to Lput one over the hosts, nobody in eiting room feels as happy here as Chris WoIn four Tests on the hallowed turf h68.50 with the bat and 9.75 with the bcentury and three five-wicket hauls earnquartet of appearances on the honours' boe averages ball, with a ning him a oards.


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Date:Aug 14, 2019
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