Ashes 2013: England stick with same squad for second Test
Hosts name same squad that emerged with a dramatic victory in the opening match
England today predictably stuck with a winning squad for the second Investec Ashes Test at Lord's.
Alastair Cook's team hung on yesterday for a famous 14-run win in a titanic first Test at Trent Bridge, and the selectors this morning confirmed the same 13 to pick from when the second starts at HQ on Thursday.
Cook and coach Andy Flower will then have tougher decisions to make about whether to again give Steven Finn the nod as their third seamer ahead of either Tim Bresnan or Graham Onions.
Finn struggled in Nottingham, where man of the match James Anderson led the home attack brilliantly and was rewarded with 10 wickets.
Announcing today's unchanged squad, national selector Geoff Miller congratulated Cook's England on the "composure" they demonstrated to keep Australia at bay on the final day.
"It was a fantastic start to the Investec Test series, with both sides showing a huge amount of skill and determination," he said.
"I would like to congratulate England on showing a great deal of composure to win by 14 runs."
Miller is expecting more of the same from both sides in the remaining four Tests.
"I have no doubt that the rest of the series will be equally compelling," he added.
"We have selected the same squad for the Lord's Test, because this continues to provide options for Alastair Cook and Andy Flower."0
England squad (v Australia at Lord's in the second Investec Test, starting on July 18):
AN Cook (capt), JE Root, IJL Trott, KP Pietersen, IR Bell, JM Bairstow, MJ Prior (wkt), TT Bresnan, SCJ Broad, GP Swann, JM Anderson, G Onions, ST Finn.
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