England will take on Australia in the second match of the 2015 Ashes series at Lord's from 16 July to 20 July.
Where to Watch Live
The match starts at 11am BST. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 2 (Sky Sports Ashes) and Sky Sports 2 HD. Click here for the live streaming link.
England are overwhelming favourites coming into this game after an unanticipated and convincing win over Australia in the first Test, a remarkable turnaround from the predictions made before the tournament. Captain Alastair Cook will be urging his team to keep up the tempo like they did in the entirety of the first Test and take a 2-0 lead, which should go a long way in alleviating the sorrow of a 5-0 whitewash in Australia two years ago.
England won the first Test by 169 runs, powered by a brilliant performance with the bat in the first innings, where Joe Root's 134 saw the home side post a respectable score of 430 runs. Cook used five bowlers to pull Australia back, with each bowler picking up wickets. James Anderson was the pick of them, taking three in the first innings.
With a lead of 123 runs, England scored 289 runs in the second innings on a battered pitch and gave Australia a target of 412 runs to chase. The visitors were bundled out for 242, with Stuart Broad and Moeen Ali taking three wickets each.
Australia are likely to make a few changes to the squad for the second Test. Brad Haddin is missing the game owing to personal reasons, while Shane Watson's place is likely to be handed over to Mitchell Marsh. This could mark the end of Watson's Test career with Australia barring a couple of unfortunate injuries, with Stuart Clarke urging his side to lay a better fight at Lord's.
Peter Nevill, the replacement for Haddin, does not have any international experience and will face a major test on the biggest stage in world cricket. Meanwhile, England are unlikely to make any changes to their winning combination.
Betting Odds (888Sport)
- England to win: 9/5
- Draw: 5/2
- Australia to win: 7/5
Possible XI: Alastair Cook (c), Adam Lyth, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, James Anderson.
Possible XI: Adam Voges, David Warner, Steve Smith, Michael Clarke (C), Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill (wk), Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon.