Ashes: Langer expects flat and dry wicket at Lord's

  • Ashes: Langer expects flat and dry wicket at Lord's

Ashes: Langer expects flat and dry wicket at Lord's

An England and Wales Cricket Board statement said: "Somerset left-arm orthodox spinner Jack Leach returns to the squad in place of Worcestershire all-rounder Moeen Ali".

"To me it is absolutely bogus".

Speaking on Halftime with James Willis, Copeland believes England's plan is foolish and thinks Jack Leach shouldn't even be selected for the Lord's Test.

"Whoever misses out, it's going to be tough - they are all very, very good bowlers".

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.

The second Ashes Test kicks off this Wednesday night from Lord's at 8pm.

'We were really pleased to win the first Test, but we've come here to win the Ashes'. He bowled the most overs in the first Test, but depends on how the game goes and how many overs he bowls.

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.

Australia coach Justin Langer is confident his batsmen can handle England new boy Jofra Archer.

But there are just three days between the second and third Tests, while the turnaround between the fourth and final Tests is just as tight.

"The wicket is really interesting, it looks like it's going to be a really flat wicket to me".

Leach's last appearance at Lord's saw him famously score 92 as a nightwatchman as England overcame a dismal first innings to beat Ireland in an Ashes warm-up. He bowled the most overs in the first Test (44.3 overs) but depends on how the game goes and how many overs he bowls, on how much batting there is in between, whether we've bowled last or we've bowled in the third innings of the game.

Cummins was rested for two Tests, against Pakistan in the UAE past year - and remains a preferred option in ODIs.

"I kind of had it in the back of my mind but forgot about it until (Nathan) Lyon ran up to me and patted me on the back, ' Cummins said of his record".

Looking ahead to a possible Test debut at the venue where England won the World Cup, Archer added: "To be at Lord's, a ground where I have had recent success will be comforting".

"I guess we're lucky we've got six guys here who are a real chance of playing every game".