LONDON (Sporting Alert) — England reached 80 for three at lunch on the first day of the second Ashes Test match against Australia at Lord’s on Thursday.

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Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell are the batsmen currently not out on 34 and 23, respectively at lunch time after England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and decided to bat.

Cook was trapped leg before wicket for 12 runs were the score was on 18, while his opening partner Joe Root made six, before he too was given out lbw.

Kevin Pietersen lasted four balls before he went for just two with England at that time down three for 28.

Pace bowler Ryan Harris, getting a call up to starting team, took two wickets, while Shane Watson has taken the other.

Earlier, pace bowler Steven Finn was replaced by Tim Bresnan in the one change to the England side that won the first test at Trent Bridge by 14 runs last Sunday.

Australia, in the meantime, made two changed to their team with Usman Khawaja being recalled for Ed Cowan Harris ahead taking hte place of Mitchell Starc.


England – Alastair Cook (captain), Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson.

Australia – Shane Watson, Chris Rogers, Usman Khawaja, Phillip Hughes, Michael Clarke (captain), Steve Smith, Brad Haddin, Ashton Agar, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Ryan Harris.

Umpires: Marais Erasmus (South Africa) and Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) (Editing by John O’Brien)


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