Test Match number two begins today at 11 am in England’s Capital. Ahead of the match England Captain, Alastair Cook says that the odds are in Australia’s favour. The away team are sure to be aiming to bring the score up to a level ground again following their defeat in Cardiff last week.
England had a phenomenal result from their efforts in Cardiff and beat Australia with a 162 run victory. Following the first test match cook has spoken out about his team and his expectations moving forward in the tournament:
“Australia are still probably favourites, they’ve only got to retain, I suppose.”
The 30 year old went on to add:
“But series are not played on paper, it’s what people deliver. And it’s always nice to be underdogs isn’t it?”
After England coach, Peter Moores, moved on in May the home team have been going from strength to strength paying well in test matches against New Zealand earlier this year. Currently being coached by Paul Farbrace the team seem to be taking a new approach.
Following the first test match in Cardiff Australian wicket keeper, Brad Hadden, has taken leave from the tournament due to personal reasons. Peter Neville is expected to take up the role in his team mate’s absence. If selected his Australian team mates expect him to be able to make the grade. It has also been suggested that the multi skilled player Shane Watson will not be included in the away team at Lords.
England, however are on good form with their most serious injury belonging to Moeen. Moeen has felt some soreness in his right side, following his showmanship in last weeks test match. The talented batsman played well in Cardiff and contributed a cool 77 runs to England’s victory. England will certainly be looking out for him ahead of today and into this weekend.
Despite the 1-0 lead Cook warns that it is imperative his team remain focused and that they don’t get complacent with being ahead. Australia is a formidable force and will be raring to fight back. Both sides will be playing in the second test match to win, and the next few days at Lords, will undoubtedly see some superbly exciting Cricket. As a cricket fan, being part of the crowd in such a tense and thrilling atmosphere is something that can only be dreamed about….. However you could be there, simply get in touch and take the opportunity to witness the action live, VIP style.
Author Lisa Wood
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