Battle resumes

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Australia will be greeted by blazing sunshine and a venue where they lost only once last century when they arrive at Lord’s on Thursday for the second Ashes Test against England determined to level the five-match series.
Britain is engulfed in a heat wave which is forecast to last throughout the match and conditions for the first Test at Trent Bridge were reminiscent of the Indian sub-continent.
After heroic last-wicket stands in each innings, Australia eventually lost by 14 runs on Sunday. But they will be buoyed by the resilience and resource they showed at the midpoint of a horrible year in which they have been beaten 4-0 in India and failed to advance past the first round of the Champions Trophy.
The touring side’s cause was hardly advanced with news on Tuesday that their former South African coach Mickey Arthur, who was sacked 16 days before the Trent Bridge Test, had alleged he was the victim of discrimination and was demanding reinstatement or $3.6 million compensation.
Despite the narrow margin in Notti-ngham, England were ultimately deserved winners and James Anderson at the height of his powers produced the decisive deliveries of the game to account for two of his 10 wickets.
Anderson removed captain Michael Clarke in the first innings with the perfect delivery, a ball which swung late into the batsman then evaded the outside edge to hit the top of the off-stump.
The second key wicket was the final ball of the match which vice-captain Brad Haddin, whose gritty 71 had threatened to snatch victory from England’s grasp, edged to Matt Prior.
Australia will relish the sun and the surroundings at the home of world cricket. To recover from one-down and regain the Ashes, though, their top-order batting must fire and Usman Khawaja may come in at number three to replace the out-of-form Ed Cowan.
“He had a tough game,” said new coach Darren Lehmann. “We’ve told Ed how we want him to play and how we want him to bat. That certainly hasn’t changed from when he first came into the side.
“He’ll be disappointed with the shots. So are we.
“We’ve certainly got to bat better as a top order, that’s probably the key. We’re going to bowl very well and we know we can control their batters. It’s a matter of making more runs.”
Thereafter life was more difficult. He took no more wickets, conceded 117 from his 25 overs and was entrusted with only two overs on the final day which went for 25 runs as Haddin decided he was the bowler he could attack.

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