Man of the Match: CR Woakes
England and Australia face off in mouth-watering World Cup semi-final
Our Prediction is England to win the Match!
Australia and England will battle it out for a place in the finals of 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup at Edgbaston Cricket Ground on Thursday. In their previous game, Host England comfortably brushed aside New Zealand to set up a semifinal clash with Australia. Both the teams will be looking to produce their best cricket in this all-important tie.
Aaron Finch and co. have played good cricket in this year’s competition and managed to secure their place in the semifinals after managing to secure 14 points in 9 matches. Eoin Morgan’s side just managed to sneak through to the semis after notching dominant victories over England and New Zealand.
Defending Champions will be looking to make changes to their playing XI after injuries to Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade. In this match, the team management will be once again depending on in-form pugnacious opener David Warner, who is currently Australia’s leading run-scorer this year with 638 runs in 9 matches at an average of 79.75. Warner will certainly be eyeing a big score against England in this semifinal game.
His opening partner Aaron Finch has produced impressive numbers with the bat so far in this World Cup with 507 runs in 8 matches at an average of 56.33. Finch did not score any runs in the previous game played against South Africa at Manchester.
Wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey has been in scintillating form in the format and has scored 329 runs from 8 games so far in this World Cup. He will be keen to get runs in this game for Australia in this game.
In the bowling department, the dependency will be on left-arm quick Mitchell Starc to provide breakthroughs at regular intervals. Starc is Australia’s most successful bowler so far in this ICC Cricket World Cup with 26 wickets in 9 outings at an average of 16.62. Pat Cummins and Jason Behrendorff also have picked up crucial breakthroughs for the side with the new-ball.
Aaron Finch (captain), Alex Carey (wk), David Warner, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff, Mitchell Starc.
Aaron Finch, Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins, Alex Carey, Peter Handscomb, Mitchell Starc, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Jason Behrendorff, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner
On the other hand, England produced a comprehensive 119-run win over New Zealand, courtesy sublime batting performance from Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy. The side led by Eoin Morgan will be looking to put in clinical performance with bat and ball to secure their place in the finals of Cricket World Cup.
In the batting department, the team has been heavily relying on in-form opener Jonny Bairstow, who has scored 462 runs in 9 matches at an average of 51.33. Bairstow has notched up back-to-back centuries to help England secure their place in the semifinals of the competition.
England’s premier batsman Joe Root has topped the batting charts so far in this World Cup with 500 runs at an average of 62.50. Root will be looking to produce something special with the bat in this big clash against Ashes rivals Australia. Swashbuckling opener Jason Roy has looked in fluent touch with the bat and scored 341 runs in five matches at an average of 68.20.
England Captain Eoin Morgan and all-rounder Ben Stokes have chipped in with crucial scores for the side in this World Cup. The experienced duo will need to raise their game and deliver clinical performance with the bat in this World Cup.
In the bowling department, the team management will be once against depending on pace bowler Jofra Archer, who has claimed 17 wickets in 9 matches. He is being well-supported by pace bowler Mark Wood, who has claimed 16 wickets in 9 matches
Eoin Morgan (captain), Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood, Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes.
|J Chioke Archer||7.0||1||17||1||2.43|
|J Chioke Archer||7.0||1||17||1||2.43|
Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Liam Plunkett, Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Mark Wood, AU Rashid, Eoin Morgan, Jofra Chioke Archer, Ben Stokes, CR Woakes
The wicket prepared for the game will be decent for batting. The surface played pretty well in the previous two games played at this venue. The quick bowlers will need to work hard to take wickets on this pitch. The weather forecast for the game on light rain with a gentle breeze.
Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham is going to host second semifinal game between England and Australia. The home side will take heart from the fact they have won their last four matches played at this venue. Overall in World Cups, Australia has an excellent record over England.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bowl first and restrict the opposition to a modest total. The quick bowlers might get some help from the surface.
England will be outright favorites to win their semifinal game against Australia. The host nation has certainly raised their game and notched up back-to-back victories against quality teams like India and New Zealand. The top-order has shown excellent form in the last couple of games for England. Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root have shown consistency with the bat in this World Cup.
On the other hand, Australia has suffered a setback of sorts with injuries to Usman Khuwaja and Marcus Stoinis. World Champions will need to raise their game with bat and ball to beat in-form England in this contest. Expect England to beat Australia in this semifinal game at Birmingham.