Alastair Cook: Australia still favourites for the Ashes

England captain Alastair Cook believes Australia remain favourites to claim the Ashes urn despite England taking a 1-0 lead in Cardiff.

The Three Lions won the first Test by 169 runs and face Australia in the second Test at Lord’s, which begins on Thursday (July 16).

Cook said: “Australia are still probably favourites, they’ve only got to retain, I suppose.

“But series are not played on paper, it’s what people deliver. And it’s always nice to be underdogs isn’t it?”

And with a similar surface expected at Lord’s to what we saw in Cardiff, Cook is expecting an entertaining encounter.

He added: “Normally a Test wicket here is a pretty good wicket. We are in England and I don’t think it will be travelling through like Perth.”

Australia captain Michael Clarke said: “I think it will be a little bit tacky to start and seam around early so it will be difficult to bat on. But it does look like a pretty good wicket. Generally at Lord’s, once the sun comes out, it is a good wicket to bat on.”

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