England unchanged for Lord's clash

15 July 2013 04:17:40 EST

England have named an unchanged 13-man squad for the second Test against Australia at Lord's, which gets underway on Thursday.

Alastair Cook's side edged home by 14 runs to win the first Test at Trent Bridge on Sunday and have kept faith with the players who eventually got the job done in Nottingham.

However, seamer Steven Finn's place is under threat, with Tim Bresnan and Graham Onions pressing for a spot in the final XI.

England are 1/1 to win at Lord's and take a 2-0 series lead, while they are 1/1 to have to settle for a draw at the Home of Cricket, with Australia 1/1 to secure victory and level the series at 1-1.

National selector Geoff Miller believes that the 13-man party offers plenty of options for England, while he also expects the rest of the series to be gripping throughout.

He said: "It was a fantastic start to the Test series, with both sides showing a huge amount of skill and determination.

"I would like to congratulate England on showing a great deal of composure to win by 14 runs. I have no doubt that the rest of the series will be equally compelling.

"We have selected the same squad for the Lord's Test as this continues to provide options for Alastair Cook and (coach) Andy Flower."

Squad: Alastair Cook (capt), Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn, James Anderson, Graham Onions.

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