Root awaits the resurgence of England, as Paine looks forward to the 'special' Lord

LONDON: England captain Joe Root he is adamant his side will come back strong as they seek to tie level in the deadly spoils .

Root's men head to the second Test in Of the lord starting on Wednesday 1-0 down in a five-match series following a 251-run hammering by Australia at Edgbaston last week and knowing another defeat would leave their hopes of regaining the deadly spoils hanging by a thread.

"Last week will have hurt everyone," Root told reporters at Of the lord on Tuesday. "Everyone will be absolutely desperate to go and win this week and I expect nothing less.

We really support each other to act and become strong. We have shown that we do it again and again when we have been defeated, especially at home. And I expect a great response from the boys.

The Yorkshire batter also said England will have to think again about how to fire Australian hitter Steve Smith, who practically won the first Test with one hand with 144 and 142 innings.

In the second entry, we tried to chase things a bit, Root said.

Maybe we try to be a little too aggressive from the beginning, let it in. So I think we will approach things a little differently.

Wednesday's game will see Smith and Tim Paine , who assumed the position of captain of Australia after the former was stripped of leadership after the South African ball manipulation issue in 2018, on the ground where both made their debut in the Test against Pakistan in 2010.

For Paine it has been a nine-year wait to return to the cricket house.

I'm excited to play international cricket again and have a second chance, said the 34-year-old wicketkeeper.

Having the captaincy is also a great honor. It is certainly something I did not want or expect, but now that I am doing the job, I am enjoying it a lot.

Almost a decade later, Paine does not remember much of a test debut that Australia won by 150 races.

I remember a lot of nerves. I don't remember a lot of the day ... Ricky Ponting gave me my hat and Steve (Smith), but I don't remember a word of what he said.

Having made my Test debut here, that terrain will always be special, but for it to be here, it is a special terrain for all cricket players, he added.

"We're rapt to be here, we love playing cricket at Of the lord ."

Australia have a fine record at Of the lord , having won 17 -- including that win over Pakistan and another over South Africa in 1912 -- and lost only seven of the 38 Tests they have played there since 1884.

An 18th win will all but ensure that Paine's Australians retain the deadly spoils .

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