England vs Australia: The litmus test begins for Australia & England, as they look to, confirms their spots to the final four of the quadrennial tournament. England have played 6, won 4 & lost 2. The two defeats for England were against Pakistan & Sri Lanka, two sides who didn’t stand a chance to beat the might of England. Well, that happened. Shows how intriguing the atmosphere can become at the grandest stage of them all. The home team are on the verge of making it to the semis, but their next three fixtures are stern tests for the best side in the world. First up, they take on old rivals, Australia.
The World Cup has begun in earnest & the last 20 days will be extremely compelling as far as the top 4 spots are concerned. The English team have been dominant in the games they’ve won but when pushed against the wall, they’ve faltered. They’ve got the likes of Bangladesh & Pakistan hovering around & if England wobble, the table will be wide open.
ENGLAND’S WORLD CUP CAMPAIGN SO FAR
|South Africa||Won by 104 runs|
|Pakistan||Lost by 14 runs|
|Bangladesh||Won by 106 runs|
|West Indies||Won by 8 wickets|
|Afghanistan||Won by 150 runs|
|Sri Lanka||Lost by 20 runs|
Australia in World Cups deserves a reckoning in the annals of ODI history. The 5-time world champions were down & out until 2018, but have come out roaring. They’ve won 13 games this year & have lost only 3. Their superstars have stepped up & how. David Warner & Aaron Finch have done the majority of the damage. Mitchell Starc & Pat Cummins have been in scintillating form with the kookaburra in hand & their fielding like always has been top notch. Australia got the better of England in the warm-up game but that doesn’t make them the favourites. England, on the other hand, are the best team in ODIs & that doesn’t guarantee them 2 points. Both teams are finely balanced but the team with the best finishing will prove to be a handful to deal with.
AUSTRALIA IN WORLD CUP 2019
|Afghanistan||Won by 7 wickets|
|West Indies||Won by 15 runs|
|India||Lost by 36 runs|
|Pakistan||Won by 41 runs|
|Sri Lanka||Won by 87 runs|
|Bangladesh||Won by 48 runs|
The Kangaroos have defended well. Starc has been the pick of the bowlers for them. The left-arm pacer has picked 15 wickets & has been at his phenomenal best in the death overs. Who can demolish the “Starc Attack?” Probably the likes of Jos Buttler? Pat Cummins hasn’t been behind either. He’s picked 11 wickets so far & has conceded less than 5 runs per over. We’re certainly in for a thriller & this is without a doubt the dress rehearsal for the Ashes.
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When: 25th June 2019, Tuesday
Where: Lord’s, London
Kick-Off Time: 3:00 PM IST
Australia have clearly been the better team over the years but, post the 2015 WC, the tides have changed drastically. After the 2015 World Cup, the teams have met 16 times & England have won 12 of those encounters. Remember the 481 England scored? Guess against which team that was? Keep guessing!
|OVERALL||POST-2015 WC||IN WC|
|Matches Played||147||Matches Played||16||Matches Played||7|
At Lord’s, in ODIs, England have taken on Australia 14 times & have won only 5. Just saying!
A second scan was carried out on Jason Roy’s injury. Although an improvement was seen, Roy isn’t expected to make it to the playing XI. Considering his stellar record against the Aussies, Roy will be a massive miss. Mark Wood & Liam Plunkett battle for a spot but if Wood has no injury scares, he’s the favourite to start.
Adam Zampa has had an ordinary World Cup so far & he’ll be competing against Nathan Lyon for a spot. The rest of the squad will remain unchanged.
EXPECTED PLAYING XI
Jonny Bairstow, James Vince, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Liam Plunkett/Mark Wood, Adil Rashid
David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa/Nathan Lyon
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Eoin Morgan has played 51 games against the Aussies & averages 41.25. The left-handed batsman has scored 3 centuries against the Aussies & that makes him a player to watch out for. The skipper has smashed 124.42 runs every hundred deliveries & has smashed 22 sixes this World Cup. 6 more than the next best, Aaron Finch.
David Warner’s averages 89.40 in 2019. Against England, however, the southpaw averages a mere 32.11. David Warner will be up against Jofra Archer for the very first time & with the dynamic pacer in magnificent form, it’ll be a battle to watch out for. The “New” David Warner has learnt to curb his natural instincts & looks a much better player in the 50 over format. Watch out for this pocket-sized dynamite.
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