I would encourage you, if you haven’t already, to read the preview piece by the Leg Glance and the new Ashes Panel (below). They shouldn’t be lost below a thread on the first day’s play at Lord’s.
For my own reminder, I know I am four centuries behind on Century Watch, but will have a bit of breathing space after this match to catch up a little,
But this game now takes precedence and the series will pivot on this. We look to have good weather set for the game, so a result is probably on the cards. A win for England and the series takes on a surprising complexion, a win for Australia and it is game on. The latter, in my view, looks unlikely. This squad is showing all the distress signals we were seeing from England in 2013/14. Injuries, rifts, personal issues (I know this is more coincidental than causal) and things just not going to plan. This is a huge match.