England were sent on the backfoot on the opening day of the second Ashes Test at Lords after loosing three wickets in quick succession. Australian pacers sent English openers with their disciplined bowling and mounted pressure on the hosts.
England, opted to bat first after winning the toss, were struggling 80/3 in the 26 after losing three important wickets of openers Alastair Cook (12), Joe Root (6) and middle order batter Kevin Pietersen (2) on a hot day at Lords.
England’s most bankable middle order players Jonathan Trott (34*) and Ian Bell (23*) are at the crease and trying to remove the side from early blows.
England are going one up in the series after winning a thrilling first test against Australia.
Changing Australia’s bowling line-up left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc was dropped in favour of right-arm swing bowler Ryan Harris.
On England side fast bowler Steven Finn was replaced by all-rounder Tim Bresnan.
England is looking forward to win the Ashes for the third straight series.
(With inputs from agencies)