Ashes: Australia coach Justin Langer expects flat and dry wicket at Lord`s

Ruben Hill
August 14, 2019

The fan also went on to say that his tweet would look silly if he ends up picking only a solitary wicket in the Test match. "It's not a surprise ... the wicket is the last thing you look at when you come to Lord's".

"I think the good thing was, the first couple of days we were behind in the game and with each days we felt like we were getting more and more into the game", he said.

The wicket is expected to turn which means that Australia may have to bench a few high profile names once again.

"Whoever misses out it's going to be tough".

Cummins, James Pattinson and Siddle all enjoyed a decent break between the first and second Tests, having skipped the tour game in Worcester after helping bowl Australia to victory in Birmingham.

Jofra Archer will be making his debut at the historic Lord's and it is quite natural that he is excited ahead of the game. He will replace James Anderson in the line-up who has been ruled out of the game due to injury.

"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".

'It's the same for everyone in Test cricket, get them into their second, third and fourth spells'. "Travis Head played well", Langer remarked.

With Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc chomping at the bit after missing out on the opener, Australia are not short on pace-bowling options but Cummins is keen to retain the spearhead role. He got some wickets which was good for his confidence, Starcy does what he does best, he shook up the tail.

"It was also nice to get time in the middle". All those things will come into it.

Cummins, preparing to play his first Test at Lord's when the series continues on Wednesday, is hopeful he can prove Langer wrong.

"In theory, you would like him to play all five Tests", Langer said on Sunday at Lord's, venue for the second Ashes Test from August 14.

"Those back-to-back Test matches, it depends a lot on how much he bowls". It's up to the individuals, not so much our game plan against him.

"You'd like him to play all five but I am not sure it's humanly possible".

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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