Ashes 2015 – Second Test and Day 3 of The Open: Analysis, Banter and Memory

The Second Test at Lord’s begins today from 8pm (AEST). The famous London oval has been a happy hunting ground for the Aussies, who have had just two Test defeats recorded there in over 80 years of the Ashes… but those defeats were in their last two encounters in 2013 and 2009. With the score unexpectedly at 1-0 in England’s favour and the weight of Ashes history stacked against sides who lose the first Test, the Aussies will have to bring their A-Game to London.

Thursday July 16 (Day One):

Expected high of 24o with a low of 16o. Mostly sunny but with cloud cover in the afternoon. North-westerly winds wind will reach up to 12 knots. It’s often good to bat first and set the tone for the match. The last three encounters between Australia and England at Lord’s have been won by the team batting first but neither side’s top order really set the world alight at Cardiff – the average score for a top four batsman was less than 30. Will the captain who wins the toss stick with the run of history or see if his bowlers can do the damage?

Friday July 17 (Day Two):

Expected high of 24o. Rain and cloud will stay away but north-easterly winds of up to 15 knots will test the bowlers. If the batting side can get through to Day Two, the opportunity is there to receive a boost in these conditions.

Saturday July 18 (Day Three):

Expected high of 23o. Cloud cover throughout the morning – chance for early wickets if the bowlers can get the ball swinging off the Lord’s slope, methinks – before a sunny afternoon.

Sunday July 19 (Day Four):

Expected high of 23o and a low of 15o with no cloud and no rain – excellent conditions for the batting side. With Mitch Marsh (First Class average of 44.3) and debutant Peter Nevil (32.1) expected to replace Shane Watson and Brad Haddin, Michael Clarke and Darren Lehmann have bolstered the Australian batting and brought in a bit of youth. The weight of expectation will fall on these two young men, particularly if their top order can’t build a strong position.

Monday July 20 (Day Five):

The warmest forecast day of the Second Test will reach 25o with north-westerly winds of up to 13 knots pushing through in the morning.

Overall, the weather will not be a factor in the outcome of the Second Test as we’re anticipating five typically benign, mild English summer days. May the best team win. Provided that Australia is that team.

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Comments

  1. There are plenty of Test pundits on twitter saying that it is a “bowl first” type of day.

  2. crankypete says

    warner out. Nevill to open if Haddin comes back.

    Lords memories: Massie, of course; Craig Serjeant’s elegant debut. Hughes gifting his wicket to emburey in 81. O’Donnell’s 6 to steady the nerves. Henry going the tonk as I sat in the car in the rain outside the gig at Max’s; sitting around a fire at Myall Lakes watching Tm May as I was exited from the Wilderness Society; McGrath. McGrath. McGrath. Us being 5-300 and me thinking we might get the 500 in 2009. Watto doing a Graeme Watson and opening the bowling and the batting in 13. Oh, and us getting thrashed.

  3. crankypete says

    but the best memories are 1980. 20 or 30 shots from Hughes including THAT drive off Chilly Old; and Pascoe doing a serviceable Ryan Harris off the ridge. Bleary eyes every day at school. and the Bright/Mallett earth shattering spin attack taking one wicket in 70 overs : (.

  4. Rick Kane says

    This is how I like to see the Aussie bat. Slow and steady. (As long as they don’t get bogged down and start reacting to England’s attack …

  5. crankypete says

    and – again – how I wish we had picked Ahmed. this is his perfect scenario now.

  6. If they reckon a week is along time in politics, what is it in cricket ?

    Glen!

  7. Questions now being asked of this England side. Will Alastair Cook? Can Gary Ballance? Does Joe Root? Is Stuart Broad?

  8. Radio: Test. TV: Open. Wine glass: Rockford 1999 Shiraz Vintage Port

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