Ashes 2013: England select same squad for Lord's Test

 

Second Test: England v Australia

  • Venue: Lord's, London
  • Date: 18-22 July
  • Start time: 11:00 BST

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England have chosen an unchanged 13-man squad for the second Test against Australia at Lord's, which starts on Thursday.

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I cannot see Steven Finn retaining his place at Lord's

Jonathan Agnew Cricket correspondent

Captain Alastair Cook's side won the opening contest of the Ashes series at Trent Bridge by 14 runs in a thrilling finish on Sunday.

Paceman Steven Finn struggled for form in Nottingham but Lord's is his home ground and that may work in his favour.

If Finn is dropped, Tim Bresnan or Graham Onions could replace him.

England selection chief Geoff Miller said the Trent Bridge Test - the first of five - was "a fantastic start to the Test series with both sides showing a huge amount of skill and determination".

He added: "I would like to congratulate England on showing a great deal of composure to win by 14 runs. I have no doubt that the rest of the series will be equally compelling.

"We have selected the same squad for the Lord's Test as this continues to provide options for Alastair Cook and [coach] Andy Flower."

Finn's place has come under most scrutiny, with the 24-year-old Middlesex paceman struggling for control at Trent Bridge.

The Ashes: England v Australia

July

10-14 1st Test, Trent Bridge - England win by 14 runs

18-22 2nd Test, Lord's

August

1-5 3rd Test, Old Trafford

9-13 4th Test, Chester-le-Street

21-25 5th Test, The Oval

The 6ft 7in fast bowler took two wickets at Trent Bridge in 25 overs at a cost of 117 runs.

He was brought in to the attack during the final day as Australia closed in on their target of 311 but was smashed for 24 runs in two overs.

"The Middlesex man is a bowler short on confidence and Australia know it," said BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew in his column.

"In the manner of a pride of lions picking off an old wildebeest from the back of the pack, Australia attacked Finn because they could see he was struggling.

"I cannot see Finn retaining his place at Lord's, which is a shame because it is his home ground and he actually bowls quite well there.

"The best thing for him to do now is to go back to his county, take some wickets and get his confidence back."

England squad: Alastair Cook (Essex, capt), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire), Kevin Pietersen (Surrey), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Matt Prior (Sussex, wk), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire), Steven Finn (Middlesex), James Anderson (Lancashire), Graham Onions (Durham).