England opt to bat at Lord's

2013-07-18 11:41
Alastair Cook (AFP)

London - England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and elected to bat against Australia in the second Ashes Test at Lord's on Thursday.

Ashes-holders England made one change from the side that won the first Test at Trent Bridge by just 14 runs on Sunday with Tim Bresnan replacing Steven Finn after the fast bowler was left out on his Middlesex home ground.

Australia made two changes, with Usman Khawaja replacing Ed Cowan, who made scores of nought and 14 at Trent Bridge and was twice out to loose drives.

Meanwhile, experienced seamer Ryan Harris replaced left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc, who lacked control at Trent Bridge.

After the toss, the teams lined up outside the Lord's Pavilion to be presented to be presented to Queen Elizabeth II, monarch of both Britain and Australia.



Alastair Cook (captain), Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior (wkt), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson


Shane Watson, Chris Rodgers, Usman Khawaja, Phil Hughes, Michael Clarke (captain), Steven Smith, Brad Haddin (wkt), Ashton Agar, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Ryan Harris

Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SRI), Marais Erasmus (RSA)

TV umpire: Tony Hill

Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)

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