Aussies to make brutal Ashes change

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It looks as if Mitchell Starc can’t take a trick with the star fast bowler expected to carry the drinks for Australia in the second Ashes Test against England

Fox Sports are reporting that Starc, who took the most wickets at the recent World Cup will again miss out with Australia to make just one change to the XI from the first Test.

That change will reportedly be Josh Hazlewood to come in for James Pattinson, who will be rested after taking just two wickets in the series opener at Edgbaston.

The decision has been made to unleash Hazlewood at the Home of Cricket on a dryish wicket, while Starc will carry the drinks and remain in the mix for the third Test at Leeds.

Although there is time to change their minds up to the toss, it’s understood the XI is effectively set in stone for Lord’s. Cameron Bancroft will be handed another opportunity to perform alongside David Warner at the top, while Peter Siddle, who was a shock inclusion for the first Test will retain his spot.

Hazlewood has reportedly been performing well in training as well as in the recent tour match with Worcestershire, where he took 3-34 from 15 overs.

Josh Hazlewood is expected to be the big in for the second Test at Lord’s.
media_cameraJosh Hazlewood is expected to be the big in for the second Test at Lord’s.

Captain Tim Paine has opted against naming an XI on the eve of the clash in London, where the tourists’ search for a 2-0 lead starts on what is forecast to be a very wet Wednesday.

No side has ever come back from 2-0 down to win since Don Bradman’s Australia in the 1936-37 Ashes.

Paine had earlier suggested conditions, both overhead and underfoot, will determine who claims the final spot in the XI at Lord’s.

“We just want to have another quick look at the wicket. We know there’s a bit of weather around,” Paine told reporters.

“We’ll make a call on the conditions and what we think is going to be the best combination.

“But also knowing this is a big series and there’s going to be a lot of overs bowled, there’s a lot of cricket coming up.”

James Pattinson will be the unlucky one to miss out.
media_cameraJames Pattinson will be the unlucky one to miss out.

Paine predicted the home of cricket would offer both pace attacks more assistance than a slow deck in Birmingham, where Nathan Lyon spun his team to victory on the final day.

“Especially if it’s overcast. It looked to have a greener tinge than Edgbaston did — a similar wicket to maybe what we saw (In England’s recent Test) against Ireland,” Paine said.

“It looks similar to the nets, just to look at and feel, and the nets have been doing a little bit and spinning.”

Paine even suggested the unique 2.5-metre drop between the north and south ends of the oval could help shape the selection debate.

“A little bit, a couple of our bowlers have got very good records here,” he said.

“Whether that is just because the wicket offers a bit or the slope, I’m not sure.”

—With AAP

Originally published as Aussies to make brutal Ashes change

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