There was much speculation that the under-performing Steve Finn would be replaced but the England selectors have stuck to their guns.
Australia will no doubt be buoyed by the news after the Baggy Greens were able to target the England paceman on a slow dry wicket at Lord’s.
However it remains to be seen whether Finn will make the starting XI.
Many pundits expect all-rounder Tim Bresnan to come in for the Lord’s test, because whilst like Finn, he can be expensive, he has a knack of playing well under pressure and is a genuine force with the willow.
Australia too have their selection dilemmas, chief among which will be whether to retain 19-year-old first test star, Ashton Agar.
Their first innings top-scorer bowled well but might the Aussie selectors be keen to opt for Nathan Hauritz with a view to securing more wickets, given the existing strength of Australia’s tail.
“It was a fantastic start to the Investec Test series, with both sides showing a huge amount of skill and determination,” said England selector Geoff Miller.
“I would like to congratulate England on showing a great deal of composure to win by 14 runs.”
England scraped home in an enthralling first test by just 14 runs after a final wicket stand by Brad Haddin and James Pattinson threatened to provide the Aussies with a monumental win.
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