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The Ashes: Usman Khawaja and Ryan Harris to start at Lord's

Ed Cowan and Usman Khawaja

Usman Khawaja and Ryan Harris are to come into the Australia side for the second Ashes Test at Lord's, according to reports down under.

The Australia media has claimed Khawaja, whose last Test appearance came 19 months ago, will replace the out of sorts Ed Cowan, while Harris will get the nod ahead of Mitchell Starc.

Cowan was dismissed for a first-ball duck during the first innings of the first Test at Trent Bridge, while the 31-year-old managed just 14 in the second innings.

And it appears new coach Darren Lehmann has opted to strengthen the top of the order with the inclusion of Khawaja following the 14-run loss in Nottingham.

Khawaja has appeared in six Tests since making his debut in the 2011 Ashes, scoring 263 runs at an average of 29.22. His last appearance came against New Zealand - although he was due to play against India last year before he was suspended as part of the 'homework-gate' incident.

Starc had finished with match figures of 5-135 at Trent Bridge but he appears to have paid the price for a lack of accuracy at times.

Harris, 33, has taken 47 wickets in 12 Tests - with his ability to swing the ball seemingly earning him his chance.