Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood have been named in Australia’s 12-man squad for the second Test at Lord’s starting on Wednesday, but there is no place for James Pattinson.
The other 10 members of the side who thrashed England by 251 runs at Edgbaston are joined by Starc and Hazlewood, who will now seemingly compete with Peter Siddle for the last two places in the XI. Pat Cummins, one assumes, is a certain pick – although Justin Langer fears he won’t be able to play all five Tests.
BREAKING: Australia's XII for the Lord's Test:
Tim Paine (c/wk), David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood #Ashes
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) August 13, 2019
Cameron Bancroft and David Warner will again open the batting despite registering four single-figure scores at Edgbaston.
A statement on the Cricket Australia website said Pattinson was considered for selection but his injury history led to those at the helm deciding to give him the match off to manage his fitness.
With a seam-heavy look to the 12-man squad, captain Tim Paine says it is essential the tourists utilise their resources properly as they aim to develop a cohesive unit that will prove potent for years to come.
“We want to make sure the five or six bowlers we’ve got here have the next three or four years bowling as a group together,” Paine said. “There will be some management as part of that at some stage.”
James Anderson will play for Lancs second XI as his rehabilitation steps up.
Smith underwent a “precautionary scan” of his neck that thankfully had not revealed any structural damage.
“I think it was important that we bounced back strongly after Edgbaston and I think we’ve certainly done that.”
Jofra Archer has changed the mood if not the scoreline.
Steve Smith out, Marnus Labuschagne in.
Woakes enjoyed Archer v Smith just as much as the rest of us.
The marquee might read England v Australia, but we all know it’s Steve Smith v Jofra Archer
Thankfully, Smith appears to have suffered no lasting damage.
Olly Stone has been ruled out of the rest of the season with a partial lower back stress fracture.
It’ll take a superb spell of bowling or a shambolic batting collapse for either side to win from here.