Published: Wed, August 14, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Buttler upbeat Archer can ignite England Ashes bid

Buttler upbeat Archer can ignite England Ashes bid

The Aussie brand hit back with adverts referencing their win: "Vegemite tastes like a come-from-behind victory by 251 runs". The famous board commemorate players who score a century, take 5 wickets in a single innings, or take 10 wickets in a match in either a Test match or ODI.

Given the new ball on day one Cummins didn't get it right as he was trying to find the "tempo" of Test cricket.

The second Ashes Test kicks off this Wednesday night from Lord's at 8pm. He's got unbelievable skills with the white ball, but talking to him he prefers bowling with the red one.

"I think mixed into that the excitement and the nerves of first spell in Ashes over here". I was pretty pumped up and felt probably by the lunch session I was into my work and pretty happy how I was going. "I did all the rehab - the only thing I didn't do was play a match but there's Twenty20 going on at the minute and there's no games to play". "I feel 100 per cent".

JACK LEACH says he has "nothing to lose" after being called up for the second Ashes Test against Australia at Lord's and insists he is not just there to focus on Steve Smith.

The reminder when it happened brought a fairly big smile to his face too. "As soon as he went down I felt like there was a real opportunity in the second innings to try and get some overs into their bowlers and bat well - luckily we did". Langer said he wished Pat Cummins could play all games, but said it depended on his workload.

"It was really special".

Much can change in three days but for what it was worth Justin Langer felt the wicket looked "flat" when he looked yesterday.

"I'd like to keep that pace up (it only took 21 Tests) I don't think I will".

His opening partner Cameron Bancroft, who is under pressure after making just 15 runs in his return to Test cricket at Birmingham, didn't train having turned out in the tour game against Worcestershire last week.

Like Archer, this will be a first Test at Lord's for Cummins, who is unassumingly assuming the role of Australia's leading man. Most grounds it's the first thing to look at but here, there's so much else to admire and love about being here.

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