James Pattinson has been left out by Australia for the second Ashes Test, with Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood included in the 12-man squad. 

Pattinson returned to the Test fold for the first time since 2016 in the series opener, having dealt with a number of injury problems in recent years.

The paceman claimed 2-82 and 0-29, as well as contributing a handy unbeaten 47 in the second innings after a first-innings duck, as Australia beat England by 251 runs at Edgbaston.

However, despite being available for selection, the tourists have opted against calling on Pattinson again at Lord's, with the second Test beginning on Wednesday.

A short statement accompanying the team announcement suggested the schedule and his injury history had seen him rested.

Starc and Hazlewood each made the 17-man squad for the opening clash but missed out on the XI. At least one of them will now feature at Lord's.

 

Australia squad for second Test: Tim Paine, David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.

It was advantage Australia in the Ashes opener at Edgbaston earlier this month.

Steve Smith was in inspired form with knocks of 144 and 142 as England, who had started well, were beaten by a humbling 251 runs.

Joe Root's men will be determined to bounce back and that opportunity will arrive this week as the second Test begins. 

We bring you the key Opta numbers ahead of the clash at Lord's, which starts on Wednesday.

 

14 - It is 14 years since England last lost the opener in an Ashes series and went on to claim the urn.

7 - Australia are now unbeaten in their previous seven Tests against England, winning six of those matches.

4 - Both these sides have strong recent records at Lord's. England have won four of their past five Tests there, while Australia have lost just two of their most recent 21 Ashes encounter at the ground.

2 - England have lost consecutive home Ashes Tests, although Australia last won three on the bounce away from home in 2001.

2008 - The last time England lost consecutive home Tests at all came in a pair of matches against South Africa in 2008.

8 - Test debutant Jofra Archer has not played first-class cricket since last September, but his only previous first-class appearance at Lord's saw him take 8-103.

76 - Smith is a man in form and has now scored at least 76 runs in his past six Test innings against England.

139 - Smith's nine Ashes knocks since the start of the 2017-18 series have seen him average an incredible 139.

9.8 - Chris Woakes has the third-best rate of any seamer at a single venue in Test cricket, with 24 wickets at an average of 9.8 at Lord's.

Vasbert Drakes recognised Jofra Archer's enormous potential at an early age and believes the England quick has the talent to light up the Ashes.

Archer played an integral role in England's Cricket World Cup triumph on home soil and is set to be unleashed for a Test debut in the second match of the series against Australia at Lord's on Wednesday.

The Barbados-born paceman has come a long way in a short space of time after qualifying to represent England earlier this year.

Former West Indies international and assistant coach Drakes nurtured Archer's talent at the Sir Everton Weekes Centre of Excellence and still works with the 24-year-old pace sensation when he returns to Barbados.

They also both played for Pickwick Cricket Club and Drakes says the World Cup winner always looked destined for the top.

Drakes told Omnisport: "I think when I first saw him, with such long leverage and a smooth action, very easy on the eye, certainly you could see the potential was there.

"As a coach you can only spot so much, but his natural potential was there to see with the way he moved and the skill set. Playing in England and around the world would have enhanced his skills and given him the confidence to succeed.

"You always look at high performers and how they get the job done, he just seemed to have a knack of making things happen. He's a natural athlete with the full package [as a bowler].

"The most important thing people don't realise is the emotional intelligence he transcends on the cricket field. He's special."

Drakes says there is no reason why Archer cannot make a huge impact in the Test arena as England attempt to respond to losing the Ashes opener at Edgbaston.

He added: "He is a very confident individual in himself, I guess that would have been shaped from the environment he would have been in from a young age.

"He is a very humble human being and just has what it takes to make things happen. He is just a simple guy that is a phenomenal athlete.

"Test cricket will be a challenge, but good cricketers normally find a way and one would hope he can be successful at that level."

Justin Langer was delighted with Australia's victory at Edgbaston but insists they must remain focused on winning the Ashes ahead of the second Test of the series.

Steve Smith inspired Australia to a 251-run victory by scoring centuries in both innings of the opening Test, putting them 1-0 up with four matches to play.

Australia will look to double their lead at Lord’s this week, with the second Test beginning on Wednesday.

England will be without James Anderson, who is out with a calf injury, with Jofra Archer expected to deputise in place of the Lancashire seamer.

Langer believes Anderson's absence is a huge boost, with his side knowing they had a huge slice of fortune in the previous Test.

"We're really pleased to win the first Test but we didn't come here to win the first Test. We're here to win the Ashes, so we're going to focus," Langer told a news conference on Monday.

"We're very aware England will have to play without James Anderson, he's their best player, so we're well aware of that.

"We got lucky, that's the truth of it, with him not playing. He's a brilliant fast bowler. He only bowled four overs and we got lucky there.

"We're aware of that. This is a different Test, different conditions and we have to be ready for that."

Archer's likely Test debut is the big story for England heading into the game, with Langer fascinated to see how the 24-year-old performs.

"I'm really curious and interested to see how he goes. He's not played a lot of red-ball cricket, he's played mainly white-ball cricket," Langer said of the pace bowler.

"Obviously he's an incredible athlete, but Test cricket is very different than white-ball cricket. Our plans will be exactly the same though.

"We've seen what a good cricketer he is. We'll respect him and like I said I'm curious to see how he does in red-ball cricket. Hopefully we have the answers to what he dishes up.

"Most of our guys have seen him before. It'll be up to the individuals, not so much our gameplan against him. It'll be the same for all of the bowlers. That's significant not only for this match but also the whole series.

"With every Test cricketer, the question is if they've got the mental toughness, the physicality to play well in Test cricket. It's not just him, it's the same for the 22 guys out there."

Jofra Archer is as ready as ever to make his red-ball debut for England but has warned he cannot work miracles ahead of the second Ashes Test against Australia.

Archer looks set to earn his first Test cap on Wednesday, with the Sussex paceman likely to replace the injured James Anderson in the XI.

The 24-year-old featured as a substitute fielder as England lost by 251 runs in the first Test at Edgbaston but is now set to start at Lord’s as the hosts look to even up the five-match series.

Archer returned to Sussex last week to play for their second XI, taking 6-27 from 12.1 overs with the ball as Gloucestershire were skittled for just 79 on the opening day before following up his devastating spell by hitting a century, casting aside any doubts over whether he had fully recovered from a side strain.

"I'm probably more ready than I've ever been," Archer told a news conference on Monday.

"Don't expect any miracles, firstly. Hopefully I'm going to make my debut sooner rather than later, but I can only come in and do what I can. I can't work miracles. I'll try to, but I don't think that's how it will work out. I can only give my best.

"I believe in Test cricket you get a lot more opportunities to redeem yourself. In 50 overs, if you don't have a good 10 overs that's it, you have to wait until the next game. You have ample chances to do it in the red ball game.

"Test cricket is the same as first-class cricket. You know what you've got to do, know what your strengths are. You've just got to stick to them."

When asked how Australia planned to deal with Archer, coach Justin Langer suggested to the media his side must look to wear the Barbados-born bowler down.

Archer, however, responded by insisting he will not wilt under a heavy workload.

"I've bowled 50 overs in one game already for Sussex, so I'm usually the one bowling the most overs anyway," he said.

"I think Justin Langer's got another thing coming."

Pat Cummins feels Australia will know what to expect if they face Jofra Archer in the second Ashes Test at Lord's.

Archer is widely expected to replace James Anderson, who was restricted to just four overs in Australia's first Test win at Edgbaston because of a calf problem, in the England attack.

England had Australia 122-8 even without Anderson but the tourists recovered to post 284 thanks to the first of two centuries from Steve Smith, who frustrated the depleted hosts and inspired a brilliant comeback.

Australia are now set to be faced with the raw pace of Archer, one of England's heroes from the Cricket World Cup, but Cummins indicated it is not a challenge that will daunt Tim Paine's men.

Asked about the loss of Anderson and Archer's probable introduction, Cummins told reporters: "It was obviously unfortunate for them that he [Anderson] went down early in the last game.

"It's no secret he's a massive loss, he's been their highest wicket taker, arguably the best bowler in the Ashes the last few series, soon as he went down I felt like it was a real opportunity especially that second innings to try get some overs into their bowlers and bat well and luckily we did.

"Our boys have played with Jofra, against him in the World Cup or with him in the IPL or Big Bash League so he's not an unknown we'll do our homework but we will face him."

 

Jack Leach is not just focusing on getting the wicket of Steve Smith as he prepares to make an expected Ashes debut in the second Test at Lord's.

Leach has replaced the struggling Moeen Ali in England's 12-man squad, after Joe Root's side suffered a 251-run defeat at Edgbaston.

Australia's superb comeback from 122-8 in the first innings was led by the talismanic Smith, who rescued the tourists with a stunning knock of 144 and then followed it up with 142 in the second innings as they took command.

Minus the injured James Anderson, England looked completely bereft of inspiration as to how to dismiss Smith, who boasts a remarkable Test batting average of 62.96.

Smith's average against left-arm spin is a much less impressive 34.9, but Leach insists he is not placing any extra importance on claiming the wicket of Australia's former captain.

"It feels like I've got nothing to lose and a lot to gain," Leach told BBC Radio 5 Live. "I just want to go and do my thing.

"There has been a focus on his [Smith's] supposed weakness against left-arm spin.

"I suppose those stats are there but, if I'm in the 11, I've just got to do my thing and bowl as well as I can and see what happens.

"It's the same for every batter. I want to get every batter out. Yes, there's Steve Smith but there's 10 other guys as well and I'll be focusing on all of them."

Tim Paine says Australia's drawn tour match with Worcestershire was not Mitchell Starc or Josh Hazlewood's audition for the second Ashes Test.

Pat Cummins, James Pattinson and Peter Siddle got the nod along with Nathan Lyon as pace duo Starc and Hazlewood missed out for a series-opening win over England at Edgbaston.

Starc and Cummins were back in action for the three-day tour match at New Road this week, taking 2-56 and 3-34 respectively in Worcestershire's 201-9.

The quicks were unable to make any further impact on the final day as only 13 overs were bowled due to rain, with Marcus Harris making 67 and Mitchell Marsh unbeaten on 39.

Australia captain Paine says the experienced Starc and Hazlewood did not have a point to prove against the Pears ahead of the Lord's Test, which starts next Wednesday.

Paine said: "We knew that any combination of our bowlers can get the job done. We've got some high-quality bowlers on this tour, today wasn't about seeing anything that we hadn't seen from those guys before in this match.

"We know how good the guys sitting on the sidelines are. They'll play a part in the Ashes, if and when the conditions suit. 

"We weren't looking at Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc thinking, 'I hope they bowl well'. We know how good they are and what they can do.

"Mitch is obviously coming off a World Cup, so it's good for him to get another red-ball bowl. Josh has said he feels every time he's bowled on this tour, after a long lay-off, he's got better.

"I thought both of their first spells here were really good and Michael Neser the same, in English conditions with the Dukes ball he can be a real handful."

On Friday, England tweaked their squad as they look to level the series in London.

Left-arm spinner Jack Leach replaced the out-of-sorts Moeen Ali, while World Cup star Jofra Archer is in line for a Test debut in place of the injured James Anderson (calf).

Adil Rashid's hopes of playing any part in the Ashes are over after the England spinner was ruled out for the rest of the domestic season due to a chronic shoulder injury.

Rashid played through the pain barrier as England made history by winning the Cricket World Cup for the first time last month.

The 31-year-old tweaker withdrew from Yorkshire's Vitality Blast squads to undergo further treatment last week, revealing the pain in his shoulder was "the worst it has been this summer".

Yorkshire on Friday confirmed Rashid's campaign is over, so he will definitely not feature in the ongoing five-match series against Australia.

Rashid told Yorkshireccc.com: "The aim was to come back after the World Cup and play for Yorkshire. I enjoy playing for Yorkshire, but it just wasn't meant to be.

"I've had a shoulder problem for a little while and I got through the World Cup with an injection. Obviously, as time has gone on the injection has worn out and, after the World Cup, I started feeling a bit of a pinch in my shoulder.

"These things can happen and fortunately it hasn't happened to me earlier than it has. I've played 13-14 years of professional cricket and this is the first time I've suffered an injury to my shoulder.

"I'm very confident, after being ruled out for the rest of the season, that I can get myself fully fit before we go away in the winter. I've got two months now to get myself fully fit and it's as simple as that.

"From both the ECB's and Yorkshire's point of view, now we've identified what's wrong with the shoulder, it's important during this period that I'm not playing. I got through the World Cup due to an injection but that's just a temporary thing so the aim now in these two months is to get the rehab done and get fully fit.

"I'm confident if I do things properly I can get fully fit, not just for the winter but for the rest of my career."

Moeen Ali has been dropped by England ahead of the second Ashes Test against Australia at Lord's, with Jack Leach and Jofra Archer coming in.

England slumped to a 251-run defeat at Edgbaston, with spinner Moeen proving expensive with the ball – taking three wickets for 172 runs – while scoring just four with the bat.

Somerset's Leach – who scored 92 as nightwatchman in a warm-up Test against Ireland – has been drafted into the 12-man squad as Moeen's replacement.

Meanwhile, paceman Archer, who proved he had recovered from a side strain with a superb performance in a Sussex second XI match this week, is set to make his Test debut having replaced James Anderson, who has been ruled out with a calf injury.

Olly Stone has also missed out, with the Warwickshire bowler struggling with a back problem.

Joe Root's side made a strong start to the first Test, but supreme batting from Steve Smith (144 and 142) in both innings helped Australia claim a resounding victory.

England team to face Australia in the second Ashes Test:

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

Josh Hazlewood said the competition within Australia's bowling attack is spurring him on in his bid to play in the second Ashes Test at Lord's.

Hazlewood took 3-34 from 15 overs as Australia – despite some resilient lower-order batting from Charlie Morris – restricted tour-match opponents Worcestershire to 201-9 declared on Thursday.

The paceman missed out on the first Test, with Peter Siddle, James Pattinson and Pat Cummins preferred for the clash at Edgbaston, with Australia defeating England by 251 runs.

Worcestershire offered little resistance as Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc (2-56) ripped through the top order in the morning session on Thursday, though Joe Leach's side rallied in the afternoon before declaring.

Hazlewood's form may not be enough to force him into Justin Langer and Tim Paine's plans for Lord's, though the 28-year-old believes the competition in Australia's squad can only help them as they look to double their lead in the series.

"We've got three guys with proper air speed and three guys who seam and swing a bit," Hazlewood said. 

"That's what they've got six quicks for, to have all bases covered. It's just who's bowling the best leading into a particular Test for who gets the nod. It's great competition within the squad.

"I've come back from back-to-back stress fractures, so it could take a while to get back into the swing of things. I feel like I'm getting better and better with each ball and really improving.

"I've just played the one Test at Lord's, but I got used to the slope pretty quickly there and the bowling conditions seem pretty favourable at the moment so I'd love to get the opportunity."

Australia made 92-1 in the evening session, with Marcus Harris reaching 62 not out as the visitors took a 157-run lead into day three.

Luckless England paceman Olly Stone has been ruled out of the second Ashes Test due to a reoccurrence of a back injury.

Stone impressed with the ball on his Test debut against Ireland last month but missed out on a place in the side to face Australia in the Ashes opener at Edgbaston.

The 25-year-old quick flew home from England's tour of the West Indies earlier this year due to a bone stress injury to his lower back and has suffered another setback.

Warwickshire revealed the paceman will be out for two weeks due to another lower back issue on his left side, which he sustained in training at Edgbaston on Tuesday.

Sport director Paul Farbrace said: "It's really disappointing for Olly that he's been ruled out of action for such an important two weeks of cricket because of a reoccurrence of his back injury.

"At the moment there's a bit of inflammation, but he will undergo a scan later this afternoon [Wednesday] so that we know the full course of treatment that he can undertake with the club's medical team and with the support of the ECB.

"In the meantime, he needs to rest up before he can get his body strong again and ready to deal with the demands of being a fast bowler."

Jofra Archer is set to make his Test debut at Lord's next week after James Anderson suffered a recurrence of a calf injury on day one of England's defeat in Birmingham.

Travis Head hailed Steve Smith as "one of the best players of spin in the world" as the England selectors reportedly ponder picking Jack Leach for the second Ashes Test at Lord's.

Smith scored magnificent centuries in both innings in the opening match of the series at Edgbaston, inspiring Australia to a 251-run victory.

The former captain was outstanding in his first Test since serving a one-year ban for his part in the ball-tampering scandal, making the England bowlers suffer following a great start in Birmingham.

Jofra Archer looks set to replace the injured James Anderson, while Leach could get the nod with Moeen Ali out of sorts with bat and ball.

Head, who made a half-century in the second innings and 35 in the first, says Smith will not be concerned about the prospect of facing Leach, despite not having such a great record against left-arm tweakers.

"He's one of the best players of spin in the world," Head said.

He added: "He's fantastic to bat with. He sucks the momentum out of the opposition and the way he batted in this game, it was nice to be at the other end with him.

"It's nice, I feel like I can get in a nice rhythm with him at the other end. You know he's not going anywhere - but I pride myself on making a contribution and trying to have really good partnerships.

"He's obviously in great form so it's nice to be at the other end and he obviously takes a bit of pressure off myself. They are trying to think of some plans to stop him so I was able to go a little bit under the radar, which was nice.

"So hopefully [there will be] a little bit more batting to do in the next four Tests with him."

England seamer James Anderson hopes to play a role later in the Ashes despite admitting he will be out "for a while" with a calf injury.

The 37-year-old re-injured his calf during the first Test at Edgbaston, where Australia took a 1-0 series lead courtesy of a 251-run victory.

Anderson has been ruled out of the second Test and will need to prove his fitness in a match before returning, but the veteran is hopeful of playing a role.

"The adrenalin of the Ashes was probably a factor. There were nerves on the first day of the series and maybe I tried a little harder," he wrote in a column for The Sun.

"Perhaps my calf wasn't happy with the extra strain being placed on it, but to be honest, I don't want to give too much deep thought to what caused the problem.

"My focus now is to get better and try everything possible to play a role later in the series.

"I certainly have no intention of giving up. If I don't play against Australia, then the winter tours to New Zealand and South Africa are the next target."

Anderson managed to bowl just four overs in the first Test as England had no answers to Steve Smith, who made centuries in each innings to lead Australia.

As for his return, Anderson – who has taken 575 Test wickets – accepted he would be sidelined "for a while".

"I felt very guilty – I think that's only natural – even though there was not a lot I could have done about it," he wrote.

"It's hard to say when I might play again but it won't be for a while. I hope to do some very gentle work at the end of this week – not running or bowling or anything like that – but really it is a case of assessing things on a daily basis.

"The England management want me to play some cricket before I return for a Test match. So I'll have to schedule that as well, which is not so easy because it is mainly Twenty20 matches at the moment."

Jofra Archer further pressed his claim to replace England's James Anderson in the second Ashes Test by following up his six-wicket spell for Sussex's second XI with a century.

The Barbados-born fast bowler is widely expected to fill the void left by Anderson, who has been ruled out of the second Test against Australia at Lord's because of a calf problem that limited him to four overs in the first Test defeat at Edgbaston.

Archer lacks match practice with the red ball having battled through England's triumphant Cricket World Cup campaign with a side strain.

After being left out of the 251-run loss, Archer was released to Sussex to play in their seconds' match with Gloucestershire and made a devastating impact on Tuesday.

He took 6-27 from 12.1 overs with the ball as Gloucestershire were skittled for just 79 and then showed his superiority over the opposition with the willow.

Despite the seismic gap in the quality of opponent, Archer's performance should make it tough for England to omit him from the team for the second Test, which starts next Wednesday.

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