England vs Australia 2nd Ashes Test Highlights: Play abandoned on Day 1
England vs Australia 2nd Test Highlights: The resumption of the Ashes on Wednesday at Lord’s was put on hold because of rain. Australia dropped fast bowler James Pattinson from a 12-man squad, with Josh Hazlewood coming in as likely replacement. England’s Barbados-born fast bowler Jofra Archer will be making his Test debut when rain does allow play. Rain made play impossible on Wednesday and play was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
England have only twice won the Ashes after losing the opener — when all-rounder Ian Botham turned the 1981 series on its head with several superb solo efforts, and in the thrilling 2005 contest which they edged 2-1. Meanwhile, visitors Australia are eying their first away Ashes series win for 18 years.