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England and Australia likely to make changes in second Ashes Test
The Ashes series always brings out the best out of Australia and England, and this intensity was evident in the first Test match between the two sides - with England winning the closely-fought match by 14 runs at Trent Bridge. The second Test match at Lord's that begins today is likely to see changes in team make-up. Psychologically, England has the upper hand but the Aussies will be more motivated as they need to level the series.

In spite of the English team putting up a good show in the first Test, there might be some changes in the English line-up. The tall seamer Steve Finn could be left out and the well-built all-rounder Tim Bresnan roped in. In the previous Test match, Finn managed just two scalps. But the batting order is expected to remain the same with Pietersen and Ian Bell looking in good touch. Jonathan Trott and Cook, who might not have impressed with the bat in the first Test, will remain a major threat as they have been England's batting pillars.

With the Lord's pitch expected to be sluggish, the role of slow bowlers could become crucial. On this front, England may not be that lucky, and have just Graeme Swann in their ranks as their premier spinner, but Root could well come handy if the pitch assists the spinners later on.

After Australia's defeat, their thinktank is also likely to make changes in the final 11. The Australian batsmen were not able to convert their starts into big scores, which was their main problem. Players such as Shane Watson and Michael Clarke need to up their game and lead the team from the front as senior batsmen while taking responsibility for the team. With the pitch likely to be on the slower side, Australia might go for another spinner alongside Ashton Agar, who was the hero of the match for Australia in his debut Test scoring 98 runs in the first innings and taking two wickets in the second.

Irrespective of the players that finally make the final 11 in the important second Test match, one thing is certain - we will probably witness yet another close encounter in the engrossing Ashes series. If the first Test is anything to go by, one can expect, weather barring, high-voltage drama, entertainment, great cricket, controveries and nerve-wracking moments in the second Test match.

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