So England taking on mighty Aussies in the second semi-final clash at Edgbaston today. It is pretty expected clash even before the tournament begins considering the form of the current players. England has suffered two major defeats against Australia and Sri Lanka but comes back strongly against India and New Zealand during the crucial stages of the tournament. Overall England is a well-balanced unit considering their current form of players. Jason Roy’s return from injury is helping them a lot and form their other batsmen like Bairstow, Root, Morgan, and Strokes has been fruitful. Their bowling also looking solid but the form of their premier spinner Adil Rashid is a quite worrying factor but Liam Plunkett’s ability to pick wickets at middle order has been the trump card for England. If they can able to perform up to their potential they can clearly emerge victoriously.
Australia on another hand has improved massively over the last year. With the arrival of Stevan Smith and David Warner, their batting order boosted a lot. With their batsmen peaking at right juncture of the match and their bowlers are taking at regular intervals makes them a dangerous threat. Overall their ability to win big tournaments making the match more interesting. Usman Khawaja’s injury is definitely a worrying factor but he is replaced by a man who has got all the skills similar to Usman. Yes, peter handsome has got all the ability to fill the Usman Khawaja’s shoes. As far as their bowling is concerned Mitchel Starc has been in sublime form along with Jason Behnrendorff and Cummins.
Both the teams are having a long-standing rivalry over the years and that is clearly reflecting in world cups also. Both the teams have faced against each other in 8 occasions and Aussies are clearly dominating by winning six out of them. We also witnessed Australia winning comprehensively against the English side in group stages of this world cup also. English side also won two games but they have to toil hard and also have to hold their nerve to earn a victory against the mighty Aussie side.
Expected playing XI:
Eoin Morgan (c), Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, and Mark Wood.
Aaron Finch(C), David Warner, Steve Smith, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey(WK), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behnrendorff, and Nathan Lyon.
Players to watch out for:
Jason Roy has been in sublime form throughout the tournament. Despite suffering from an injury he came back strongly against India and New Zealand. So he will look to repeat the same performance against Australia today which will help his team to pull off a victory against might Aussies today.
One of the best all-rounders in world cricket at the moment ben strokes is also in sublime form throughout the tournament. He has delivered with both bat and ball when the team needs it. England will look at him to repeat the same performance that will help them to emerge victoriously.
Australia’s prolific run-scorer has not failed when the team requires him most. He along with captain finch forged a deliberate partnership that helps them to seal victory through the tournament and he will look to repeat the same against tournament favorites England.
Mitchel Starc is a perfect definition for a strike bowler. He will look to take early wickets and in the middle orders which will checkmate the English batsmen. His performance is vital for Aussies to emerge victoriously.
Get Cricket Betting Tips Free Both the teams will thrive hard for victory but the English side has slight upper hand due to home advantage and balance of the squad.