England has made a smart and strategic move by recalling Worcestershire fast bowler Josh Tongue for the second Ashes Test against Australia at Lord’s. This decision comes after Moeen Ali, the spinning sensation, injured his spinning finger. Tongue’s inclusion is the only change made by England, following their defeat in the first Test at Edgbaston.
The 25-year-old Tongue, who recently made his Test debut against Ireland, showcased his skills on a slow pitch at Lord’s, taking an impressive 5-66 in the second innings of the match. His performance was instrumental in England’s 10-wicket victory. This experience has surely given him the confidence to step up and contribute to the team’s success in the Ashes series.
Tongue’s selection ahead of Mark Wood, Chris Foakes, and Matthew Potts demonstrates England’s belief in his abilities. Despite Wood being England’s fastest bowler, Tongue’s form and recent success make him the preferred choice. This decision also establishes an all-seam attack for England in the second Test.
England coach Brendon McCullum has expressed his confidence in Moeen Ali’s return, should he fully recover from his finger injury. Ali has shown promising signs during training, affirming his readiness to take the field. However, in case Ali is unable to play, Joe Root will step in with his part-time off-breaks to support the seam attack led by James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Ollie Robinson, and Tongue.
Looking at the Australian team, former cricketer Mark Taylor believes paceman Mitchell Starc may be the only potential change. Taylor anticipates that the pitch at Lord’s will have more grass, offering more pace and carry compared to Edgbaston. With Australia coming off a close victory in the first Test, they will have confidence going into the second match.
In conclusion, the inclusion of Josh Tongue in the England squad and the potential change of Mitchell Starc in the Australian team adds an extra layer of excitement and anticipation to the upcoming Ashes Test at Lord’s. Cricket fans can catch all the action live and for free on 9Now, with full highlights and exclusive replays available for those who miss out.
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