England vs Australia, Ashes 2019: What time does the second Test start, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?

Verity Bowman
The Telegraph
England prepare for the second Test against Australia - AFP
England prepare for the second Test against Australia - AFP

What is it?

The second of five Ashes Test matches as England look to bounce back from the opening Test loss at Edgbaston. The team must look to 1981 and 2005, where England still managed to take the urn after losing the first Test. 

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When is it?

Day one starts tomorrow, so Wednesday, August 14.

Where is it?

The home of cricket: Lord's.

When will play start?

If the weather stays fine, the Test will kick off at 11am BST.

What TV channel is it on?

Sky Sports have exclusive live coverage of the Ashes, and you can watch every ball on Sky Sports Cricket as well as Sky Sports Main Event. Those without Sky can catch the match by purchasing a day pass, or watch online via Now TV.

Alternatively you can follow the match here.

What are they saying?

Australia's Justin Langer has admitted that Australia "got lucky" in the first Ashes Test by cashing in on James Anderson's injury.

"We are very aware that England played without James Anderson, one of their best players and we got lucky.

"That's the truth of it, with him not playing. He's a brilliant fast bowler, one of the all-time greats, so if he only bowls four overs for the match then we got lucky there. Here at Lord's there's different conditions and different pressures so we just have to make sure we're right for this Test match."

England fast bowler Jofra Archer says he has fully recovered from a side strain and is raring to go as he looks poised to make his test debut in the second Ashes Test.

"I'm probably more ready than I have ever been. I bowled 50 overs in one game for Sussex which I think was past the overs they told me to bowl, it was good practice," Archer told reporters.

"(My fitness) has never been better. (The side strain) just needed to settle and we couldn't get that gap in the World Cup. After that, it settled in a matter of days.

"Don't expect any miracles, I can only come in and do what I can and give my best. I can't work miracles but I will try to."

<span>Jofra Archer is also likely to take to the field</span> <span>Credit: Reuters </span>
Jofra Archer is also likely to take to the field Credit: Reuters

What is the team news?

Moeen Ali has been dropped from the team and replaced with left-armer Jack Leach. Moeen scored just four runs in the 251 defeat in the first Test at Edgbaston. Jofra Archer is also likely to take to the field after missing the first Test to have more time to recover from a side strain. 

Pace bowlers James Anderson and Olly Stone will be missing due to injuries. Anderson's performance at Edgbaston was affected after he aggravated a calf injury, while a lower back injury has put Stone out for the next two weeks.

England squad: Joe Root (capt), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.

Australia, meanwhile, have left pace bowler James Pattinson out of their 12-man squad, with Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood vying for recalls.

Pattinson was part of the team that won by 251 runs at Edgbaston, taking two wickets on his first Test appearance in almost three years.

Cricket Australia confirmed all players were available for selection, but, with Pattinson's longstanding fitness problems and the next two Tests coming back to back, the decision to stand him down appears to be a case of workload management.

Australia squad: David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine (c, wk), Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon

What are the odds?

  • Australia 11/4

  • England 57/17

  • Draw 16/11

What is our prediction?

Mitchell Starc looked in good form during a practice match against Worcestershire to make a case for his inclusion at Lord's. While the Test debut of Jofra Archer gives England fans something to smile about, we're still making Australia favourites to win and take a 2-0 lead. 

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