Justin Langer expects flat and dry wicket at Lord’s

Jose Verdugo
Agosto 14, 2019

Langer also said that he is curious to see how Jofra Archer performs.

Justin Langer admits something is amiss about Cameron Bancroft but it is selecting Australia's bowling attack for the second Ashes Test and a "really flat" Lord's pitch that have him stewing.

"I haven't played a lot of red ball coming into the first day's play, and I think just trying to find that tempo of test cricket, it's slightly different to white ball".

Paceman Archer is in line to make a much-anticipated test debut as a replacement in the XI for England's record wicket-taker James Anderson, ruled out at the Home of Cricket because of a calf injury that restricted him to four overs in the series opener. "Just concentrate on doing it then...this tweet is going to look a little silly if you if you go for 1/175!" the fan's tweet read.

The 48-year-old saw plenty of positives from Australia's tour game against Worcestershire that ended in a draw. I want to get every batter out. He got some wickets which was good for his confidence, Starcy does what he does best, he shook up the tail. "There were some good things to come out of Worcester".

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Langer said he wished Pat Cummins could play all games, but said it depended on his workload.

"Leach, who was player of the match the last time England played at Lord's in victory over Ireland last month, is set to add to his five Test caps".

Siddle's relative lack of pace could put him at risk of being dropped in favour of Hazlewood, although it would be a huge call to axe somebody described by Langer as "almost the bowler of the game" after the first Test. He bowled the most overs in the first Test (44.3 overs) but depends on how the game goes and how many overs he bowls, on how much batting there is in between, whether we've bowled last or we've bowled in the third innings of the game. All those things will come into it.

"In theory, you would like him (Cummins) to play all five Tests". The Barbados-born pacer recently helped England win the World Cup and is being widely backed to break into the Test team too. You also have Josh Hazlewood who has played 40-odd Tests and is a gun and Mitch Starc who took 10 wickets in his last Test match.

Smith became only the fifth Australian to register hundreds in either innings of an Ashes contest at Edgbaston though England are likely to have more of a varied bowling attack at headquarters.

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