Scott Pryde for The Roar.com.au, Australia
Australia broke an almost two-decade-long curse in the opening Ashes Test, and will now move to a happy hunting ground at the home of cricket as they look to make it two-nil against England.
A win at Edgbaston was the unexpected result for Australia, breaking a losing streak at the venue across all formats that went all the way back to 2001.
Given Tim Paine’s men only need a drawn series to retain the urn, the pressure and onus to play aggressive cricket now switches to England. At a bare minimum, they must win two of the remaining four Tests, but if Australia wins at Lord’s, they would need to win the next three.
England have only won seven of 36 Tests against Australia at Lord’s though, so everything is pointing to this series getting away from them rapidly.
While the argument could be made that, really, the only difference between the sides in the first Test was the incredible Steve Smith and the toss, there was a lot more to it than that.
But they are fragile. Their run chase in Edgbaston was abysmal against a turning ball, and their first innings crumbled as well, only made to look respectable by a Rory Burns century, Joe Root half-century, and runs from the bowlers at the end.