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England are in know doubt what is expected of us in Ashes second Test

The England team has been left in absolutely no doubt what is expected of us this week.

A big reaction and a relentless push for the win that will level the series.

The defeat at Edgbaston has gone and been swept under the carpet and our captain Joe Root has been strong and clear on how we go about things at Lord’s.

We’re desperate to make this series 1-1 and we’re going to come hard at them. No-one will be taking a backwards step.

That is what Joe has been talking about this week. We do not take a backwards step against these guys and we stand firm together.

The way Joe addressed the team at the start of this week was in a different way to how he normally does which shows how much this means to him and to all of us.

We saw another side to him with the way he said what he said. He was forthright and more passionate with his words, which was quite refreshing and good to see.

It showed he’s not feeling any nerves or doubts about what he wants from us and he reinforced that we drive forward and don’t let Australia get on top.

He wants a reaction from us. We need to respond to the first game, hit back hard and let the Aussies know they are in one heck of a battle in this series.

Everyone follows him and listens to him and wants to perform for him so it was great to get that energy from him and that strong leadership that he brings.

Australia know what we’re capable of doing to them. We had them 122-8 in Birmingham and it shows that we have what it takes to put them under pressure.

They would have been in the changing room feeling on the back foot and hoping someone would get them out of trouble and that is what Steve Smith was able to do.

Sometimes you have to hold your hands up and say it took one of the best players in the world to play out of his skin to get them into a position from where they could go on and win the match, but that doesn’t happen all the time.

There is no anxiety about being 1-0 down this week because we know we can turn them over. We know they are beatable and we know how to play against them.

The night before the first day felt like the night before the first World Cup game. There were a few nerves around and a lot of anticipation for what was to come.

That is all normal and understandable but we’ve got through that now and we’re into the series and we will be better for it.

You’re going to be down when you don’t win games. Losing is the worst feeling in sport but it is a new game and you can’t take the result of the last match into this one, you have to start again and this is our chance to strike back.

Losing Jimmy Anderson inside the first hour of the game wasn’t ideal, and he felt pretty bad about it, but these things happen and no-one felt that way about Jimmy, he has given so much to the team and we hope to have him back soon.

We could have Jofra Archer making his debut this week though and it would be another step forward for him in the game, but we can’t expect too much of him.

Test cricket is the pinnacle of the sport and it is the hardest form of the game so there are no guarantees for anyone including Jofra.

We’re just expecting him to run in hard and show that same aggression and skill that he did in the World Cup and if the performances come along with that then great, but if not, that’s okay too.

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