As debate swirls around the formation of England's XI for the Lord's clash how will the tourists line-up as they aim to go 2-0 ahead?


David Warner

Arguably the worst performing player during the first game as his wait for a Test century in England continues. But of the two struggling openers, he is unlikely to be the one sacrificed. The temptation might even be to move him down as the series progresses if the runs don't come.

Cameron Bancroft

Certainly didn't take his chance to cement his place - as he had done at The Ageas Bowl - against Worcester. Marcus Harris meanwhile struck 67 in the second innings as Bancroft failed to go beyond 33 in the match. Clinging on by his fingertips.


Usman Khawaja

Did his hopes of being retained the power of good with a methodical 57 in the first innings at New Road. That he was not required to bat second time around suggests he is being wrapped in cotton wool for Lord's.

Steve Smith

Clings on to his place after becoming the fifth Australian to score centuries in both innings of an Ashes Test. Given a deserved week off after batting for over 11 hours across his two knocks. Will have loved listening to the theories over how to dislodge him from the crease over the past week.

Travis Head

Two solid efforts in Birmingham which was added to by a century in Worcester ensures that he will hold off Marnus Labuschagne for the No.5 role. Looked delightfully calm in the first Test and gives the middle-order some solidity.


Usman Khawaja did his hopes the power of good at Worcester

Matthew Wade

Kept wicket at Worcester, and could yet do in this series, finishing with the dismissal of Joe Leach in the first innings. His century at Edgbaston was arguably the most surprising aspect of Australia's victory but England will still feel he can be vulnerable.

Tim Paine

Didn't bat or keep wicket throughout the warm-up game, a suggestion that he has little to convince the selectors about. But if results change, the pressure will start to ratchet up.

Mitchell Starc

The bowling department is certainly where decisions will have to be made. Starc was left out at Edgbaston despite enjoying a fine World Cup but after a rest he bowled with verve against Worcestershire - finishing with two wickets. The left-arm option will present a new problem to England's batsmen.


Travis Head's place is secure for at least another Test

Pat Cummins

The pick of the seamers from the 251-run win was never likely to be fielded in the warm-up game, making his place in this game almost assured. Most likely of the fast bowlers to play all five Tests.

Josh Hazlewood

Outshone Starc at Worcester and looked somewhere approaching his best as he finished with 3-34. If the Lord's pitch is green and offering any movement then the New South Wales native is just the man to extract it. Could be devastating bowling down the slope. The most likely to come in if Peter Siddle is retained, with James Patterson almost certain to sit the game out.

Nathan Lyon

Another who has had a watching brief this week. Lyon had a field day at Edgbaston with his six-second innings wickets curtailing England's resistance. A change in conditions, however, could alter his importance but he gives the tourists the leg up in the spin department.




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