LITESPORT WEVE GOT MORE AussiessweatoverLeefitnessasHogg Englandtheverdict ANDREW STRAUSS (captain) Won the toss, scored a tone-setting hundred on day one and ultimately timed his declaration to perfection. Verdict: 8/10 ALASTAIR COOK Now has 20 fifties but just nine centuries. He deserved a ton in the first innings but again fell short. Clung to telling catches. Verdict: 7/10 RAVI BOPARA Thebig worry in Englandsbatting order-- helooks glazed accordingtoNasserHussain andmight be shunted downtheorder. Verdict: 4/10 KEVIN PIETERSEN A dodgy Achilles looks likely to prevent KP from proving the adage form is temporary class is permanent true in this series. Verdict: 5/10 PAUL COLLINGWOOD The Aussie bowlers dont seem to have worked out a plan to penetrate his doughty defence - long may it continue. Verdict: 8/10 MATT PRIOR Thrilling counter-attacking cameo on Saturday evening and no costly mistakes behind the pegs. Keep it up Matty! Verdict: 7/10 ANDREW FLINTOFF England minus Fred doesnt bear thinking about. Hopefully, we wont have to contemplate that until 24 August. Verdict: 9/10 STUART BROAD IF you dont move the ball off the pitch or through the air you are going to struggle to take wickets at this level, even at 90mph. Verdict: 5/10 GRAEME SWANN Monty Panesar might as well put his feet up for the rest of the summer after Swann proved his big game credentials yesterday. Verdict: 7/10 JAMES ANDERSON Wouldnt say boo to a goose away from the field of play but has turned into Englands Mr Nasty with a new cherry in his hand. Verdict: 8/10 GRAHAM ONIONS Did a more than competent job as Englands fourth seamer but didnt bowl yesterday -- is he keeping Harmys seat warm? Verdict: 6/10 AUSTRALIA will assess fast bowler Brett Lees fitness over the coming days amid doubts he will be available for the third Test. Lee, 32, has missed the first two Tests of the npower series and has yet to bowl a ball since being diagnosed with his side injury. The Australians will make a judgment on whether they can thrust him into the tour match against Northamptonshire, starting on Friday, in the next 48 hours. Their attack at Lords lacked a pace spearhead but they are erring on the side of caution ahead of next weeks Edgbaston Test. We will see how we go, said coach Tim Nielsen. We are progressing him. The positive thing is that in a tour game we do have the flexibility on how much we can bowl him or how much we dont bowl him. He hasnt bowled yet, so we just have to sit with the medical staff over the next few days and chat: we are going to have to be really careful about rushing him back. But former Test bowler Rodney Hogg is in no doubt how much Lee is being missed as he launched a blistering attack on the current Australian Test side. Hogg said: They have probably picked the worst balanced squad in the history of the Ashes no reserve opening batsmen, no specialist batsmen for the middle order, no leg spinner, an off-spinner and a part-time off- spinner. Theyve picked five fantastic fast bowlers, but unfortunately Brett Lee is injured at the moment and one of the fast bowlers isnt performing to his capabilities. Hogg believes the pressure onWanted: injured bowler Brett Lee is desperately missed BY DAVID DIBBLE Flowers sure we can win minusour starmen BY JAMES GOLDMAN HEAD coach Andy Flower believes Englands Ashes hopes wont die should either Andrew Flintoff or Kevin Pietersen fail to make it through the series. Flintoffsheroiceffortswiththeball at Lords yesterday ensured England will head to Edgbaston in nine days time 1-0 up in this already epic renewal of Anglo Aussie rivalry. Buthavingbowledtenoversstraight at Lords his battered body is not guaranteed to have recovered by the t i m e h o s t i l i t i e s r e s u m e i n Birmingham. Pietersen (below), meanwhile, with his dodgy Achilles is of even greater concern considering, unlike Flintoff, his form has been adversely affected by his injury. But Flower is confident that even without the services of Englands two genuine worldclassstars,hehas enough talent at his disposal to ensure t he A she s a re reclaimed. He said: With- out a doubt, we could do it with- out them, said Flower. I have alwaysbelievedwe c o u l d w i n t h e series. If Andrew Flintoff is out of the side, of course its a blow. But weve got a few fast bowlers waitinginthewingswhoweknow can be very successful in interna- tional cricket. We want Flintoff in our side, but if his body isnt up to it, there are other guys who can do a good job for us. The guys are confident, but we will havetocontinueto playgoodcricket.We are playing the No1 side in the world, we know they will regroup and come back strongly at us. Wealsohavetoregroupthisfollow- ing week, and be ready to hit them hard at Edgbaston. Pietersen will see a specialist this week to determine the severity of his injury, but he is believed to be losing his battle to be fit for the game. 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