About the Match
History does not matter; take it one game a time, show your merit on the ground and the improbable can be achieved. That is what England has shown in the 1st Ashes Test at Cardiff, winning it in less than 4 days against arch rivals Australia by 169 runs. England and Australia will battle it out in the 2nd test at Lords that’s scheduled to be held from 16th July. It was a great performance by the hosts against a formidable Kangaroos but the visitors won’t take this defeat lying down and will be determined to bounce back in the prestigious venue of Lords. England on the other hand are jubilant and will be eager to repeat the show; it needs to be seen which side can dominate and emerge victorious here.
It was a determined team effort that won the match for England; Root has been outstanding with the bat and also accounted for 2 wickets in the 2nd innings. As expected, Ballance held the innings with his stubborn application while Moeen Ali came good with the bat and also accounted for 5 wickets in total.
England is not likely to make any change in the winning combination; they might deploy Root up the order in batting and use him more with the ball; Ian Bell and Stokes provide a very solid middle order. Their bowling has shaped up nicely with Anderson, Broad, Mark Wood and Stokes providing good variety but they need to focus on dislodging a well settled Australian middle order.
Stokes, Root and Moeen Ali are producing exemplary all-round performance which is a good sign for the home team. If they can repeat the show from last match, they are bound to maintain the lead.
After a good start against a very challenging total by openers Rogers and Warner, the momentum could not be sustained by the middle order and that led to the collapse of the tail in the 1st innings. There was a determined resistance in the 2nd innings but again the middle order failed. Clarke, Voges, Watson and Lyon fell cheaply for some good bowling and that caused the very unsavory defeat for Australia, in spite of a very good batting display by M. Johnson in the 2nd innings.
They couldn’t withstand the hostile bowling by Wood and Root and the disguised attack by Moeen Ali. Lyon did well in the 2nd innings and the others too showed signs of improvement but it was too late to recover.
Shane Watson and Brad Haddin won’t be featuring in the upcoming test; Peter Nevill will make his test debut while Mitchell Marsh will be brought in place of Watson. They will concentrate on the job in hand with determination to change the fortunes in the 2nd Test which they are capable of.
England has received a major morale boost going ahead in the series and will definitely come with their A game yet again; although the visitors have suffered loss in the 1st test, we feel that they are bound to make a comeback with a win here