The Ashes 2019 – Pick the teams for the Second Test

 

Let’s keep Roger Lowrey’s Ashes initiative alive by offering up bragging rights to the person who can come closest to naming the teams that will line up for the Second Test at Lord’s – yes, both teams!

 

The same rules of entry and adjudication will apply:

  1. Enter the competition by replying to this post providing eleven names in batting order and nominating a twelfth man for both teams.
  2. The winner will be the entrant who names the correct eleven or the most correct players for both teams in the event nobody gets the whole eleven.
  3. If a tie breaker is required, it will be the entry closest to the correct batting order for both teams. This includes who takes strike being listed first, so get your openers in order.
  4. If a further tie breaker is required, it will be the one who correctly names the twelfth men.
  5. The competition closes the nanosecond the team is announced. The winner will be announced shortly afterwards.
  6. The decision of the judges (Almanac Eds) will be final. No correspondence will be entered into.

 

Will the Aussies name an unchanged line-up following their win in the First Test? Or will Cameron Bancroft get the chop? Can Starc and/or Hazlewood get a run and, if so, at whose expense?

 

What about the Poms? Can Moeen Ali retain his place? Will Jofra Archer replace Jimmy Anderson? Should Woakes bat further up the list? Will the English selectors listen to Bernard Whimpress and install Eoin Morgan as Captain?

 

Don’t forget to take into account form from this weekend’s Tour match.

 

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Comments

  1. Australia:
    Bancroft
    Warner
    Khawaja
    Smith
    Head
    Wade
    Paine
    Cummins
    Siddle
    Starc
    Lyon
    12th: Pattinson

    England:
    Burns
    Roy
    Root
    Denly
    Stokes
    Bairstow
    Leach
    Woakes
    S Curran
    Broad
    Archer
    12th: Buttler

  2. Smith – 10 other blokes.

  3. Dan Hoban says

    Australia would, i feel, be unlikely to tinker with a winning combination. It is an energetic bowling attack although there is a case for resting Pattinson and playing Starc. But, he was not overbowled at Edgbaston and as Ian Healy opined if the Aussies win at Lords they have one hand on The Ashes. Why change a winning formula when you are on the cusp of winning the ultimate prize in Test cricket?
    The interesting dilemma is the batting order: Pattinson, Cummins and Siddle can all bat as displayed at Edgbaston.. But Pattinson might be slightly better and i have batting him at 8: he is nearly in the all-round category. With Smith in Bradmanesque form surely he must bat at three and Khawaja drop down to four. Smith at four worked out in the First Test but to have the best player in the world trying to manipulate the strike with the tail is not ideal.
    If we are a shaky 2 for 10 the likes of Head and Wade can, in my humble opinion, be relied upon to stabilise and rebuild the innings.
    Australian XI-
    Warner
    Bancroft
    Smith
    Khawaja
    Head
    Wade
    Paine
    Pattinson
    Cummins
    Siddle
    Lyon
    M Marsh 12th man

    England XI
    Burns
    Roy
    Root
    Stokes
    Butler
    Bairstow
    T Curran
    Woakes
    Archer
    Broad
    Leach
    Ali 12th man

    The changes are Archer in for the injured Anderson and Moeen Ali out. I note Curran and Leach were both in the team that defeated Ireland so they get another chance against real opposition (sorry Ireland). I hope its the right Curran brother!

  4. citrus bob says

    ENGLAND
    R.BURNS
    J.ROY
    J.ROOT
    B.STOKES
    J.BUTTLER
    J.BAIRSTOWE
    S,CURRAN
    C.WOAKES.
    J.ARCHER
    S.BROAD.
    J.EACH
    T.ROLAND -JONES OR leach NAMED 12TH MAN ON THE MORNING

    AUSTRALIA:
    WARNER
    BANCROFT (lucky)
    KHAWAJA
    SMITH
    HEAD
    WADE
    PAINE
    PATTINSON
    CUMMINS
    SIDDLE
    LYON
    HAZLEWOOD or SIDDLE named 12th man on the morning

  5. Australia:
    Bancroft (I would prefer Harris but Langer loves his WA boy)
    Warner
    Khawaja
    Smith
    Head
    Wade
    Paine
    Cummins
    Pattinson
    Starc
    Lyon
    Siddle – 12th man

    England:
    Burns
    Roy
    Root
    Denly
    Stokes
    Buttler
    Bairstow
    Woakes
    Broad
    Archer
    Leach
    Ali – 12th man

  6. Ian Hauser says

    Australia: Bancroft, Warner, Khawaja, Smith, Head, Wade, Paine, Cummins, Siddle, Lyon, Hazlewood, with Starc as 12th man.

    England: Burns, Roy, Denly, Root, Buttler, Bairstow, Stokes, Woakes, Broad, Leach, Archer, with Curran as 12th man.

  7. Andrew Starkie says

    I tend to believe the ‘don’t change a winning line-up’ approach. Would’ve given Pattinson a second Test, but I suppose it’s a like for like.

    Prefer Harris to Bancroft.

  8. Ummm,
    Surely there must be consideration to those who selected their teams prior to the official squads being released. Ahem, mine were selected before England had even made an announcement.

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