We’re only one Ashes Evaluation deep this summer, and England are already staring down the barrel: Australia look more powerful in most sections, and should Joe Root’s guys succumb to the older foe at Lord’s–a ground where they have constantly fought –then they can kiss the urn goodbye. Even the Edgbaston Test was a worrying wake-up call; England were outperformed using the ball (particularly from the spinning department) and outperformed by Australia’s allegedly shaky top-order. England have just beaten Australia double in Lord’s in Test matches because 1934, and although I would love to dive right into why England can defy history, conquer Australia and claw themselves back to the show, it’s looking like the weather will have the last laugh. Wednesday (the opening day) resembles a whole washout, since does Saturday, while Friday’s prediction is hit-and-miss at best. Naturally, I have no doubt England are capable of losing to Australia in 2 weeks (just consider how they achieved against Ireland for big parts of the suit ), but considering the quantity of rain forecast, it is hard to pass up 16/11 to a draw. Just two of Root’s matches as England skipper have ended in draws–emphasizing the cut-and-thrust character of this current aspect –but I’d expect to find a different come Sunday. My very initial player-based suggestion will be for Mitchell Starc to be top Australian bowler in their first innings. Starc was not selected for the very first Test–a good move considering the outcome –but the Aussies are still seeking to embrace a horses-for-courses strategy this particular series, meaning Starc’s selection for this match is a no-brainer. In little over 54 overs bowled at the Home of Cricket in all formats, the Aussie left-armer has promised 12 scalps; Starc is a master exponent of the Lord’s incline, bringing the ball into right-handed batsmen seeking to snare them LBW, and considering five of England’s best seven right-handers, that suggestion has plenty of promise. The 29-year-old ran riot against England at Lord’s in the World Cup, and that I could envisage a similar situation this time around. Priced in a monstrous 3/1, I’ve Chris Woakes as best England bowler. There is one simple reason behind this: Woakes has obtained 24 Test wickets at Lord’s in an average of 9.75. Those amounts are absolutely sensational. Conditions will likely prefer the seamers, so of course Stuart Broad is a significant player in this market (90 wickets @27.22 at Lord’s) although Jofra Archer would be the greatest wildcard, however 3/1 is far too big a price for Woakes inside this second Exam.