The Ashes parade makes it way to the home of cricket – Lords. England humbled Australia in the first test with a 169 run victory in 4 days. Australia will be looking for a better performance in all facets of the game as they were out played in all areas.
England was exceptional in the first test. They set out their plans and executed them precisely. In that game Joe Root set up the game with an excellent 134 in the first innings and then James Anderson taking the first three wickets in the first innings.
Australia was on the back foot since day one. Their all round game was rusty and looked like they underestimated the English. Australia will make a few changes to their team as Brad Haddin will miss the game due to personal reason and will be replaced by Peter Nevil who will make his international debut. Shane Watson will be dropped for the first test and replaced by Mitch Marsh.
The first day of the iconic Lords test is always exciting. Ricky Ponting rang the bell, and on a clear day, Australia won the toss and elected to bat. The opening partnership between Warner and Rodgers went past 50 before Warner had a rush of blood to the head and skied the ball to James Anderson. After that wicket Australia went on to control the day with Steve Smith and Chris Rodgers going past a 100 each and breaking the 2nd wicket partnership at Lords for games played between Australia and England. Australia ended the day in control with the score on 337/1