Australia left out James Pattinson and replaced him with left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc for the 2nd Ashes Test against England starting at Lord’s on August 14.
Mitchell Starc was the top wicket-taker in the 2019 Cricket World Cup but did not play the 1st Test at Edgbaston because he was recovering from a knee injury. Pattinson picked 2 wickets in the match but scored a crucial 47 not out in the second innings as Australia won by 251 runs.
As part of coach Justin Langer’s rotation policy, Australia have brought in Mitchell Starc to the 12-member squad for the Lord’s Test but Fox Sports reported Josh Hazlewood would make it to the playing XI ahead of Mitchell Starc.
BREAKING: Australia’s XII for the Lord’s Test:
Tim Paine (c/wk), David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood #Ashes
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That means Australia would make only 1 change to the XI which played in Edgbaston – Hazlewood in for Pattinson.
There were no other changes to the team.
Cameron Bancroft, who played his first Test since the ball-tampering scandal, will once again open with David Warner. Both men failed to make an impact and would be eager to get going at Lord’s.
Steve Smith made a sensational return to the Test team with twin hundreds at Edgbaston and he would be eager to carry on from where he left off.
Meanwhile, Justin Langer said he expects David Warner to get a big one at Lord’s while saying that he likes it when big players miss out and then step up and deliver.
“I like it when great players miss out,” cricket.com.au quoted Langer as saying when asked about Warner’s output at Edgbaston.
“It means statistically they’ll probably get some pretty soon, so hopefully it’s this Test.
“They’re great players for a reason and he’s got that look in his eye,” Langer added.
Australia’s 12-man squad for Lord’s Test:
Cameron Bancroft, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Travis Head (vice-captain), Matthew Wade, Tim Paine (captain and wicketkeeper), Pat Cummins, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc