Two bitter rivals go head to head for a place in the final against New Zealand. Australia have not lost to England in a knock-out game since 1992, with England not winning a single knock-out game since. Taking recent trends into consideration, England have ten in ten at Edgbaston since 2014 but Australia have not won on that ground since 2001. Australia have a 6-0 record in World Cup semi-finals.
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Head to Head England vs Australia (In WCs):-
Australia lead England 6-2
England will stick to their new-found recipe for success by benching Moeen Ali and playing an extra pacer in Liam Plunkett. They were lucky to win the toss and bat first against India and New Zealand, but they have shown a reluctance to chase. The openers Roy and Bairstow will look to get England off to a flier, allowing the middle order to play comfortably.
Australia were dealt a blow when Usman Khawaja was ruled out due to injury. His replacement Peter Handscomb will slot straight into the line-up, possibly at #4, meaning Steve Smith will bat at 3. Marcus Stoinis had a good hit in the nets and looks to be fully fit.
England:- Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Jofra Archer
Australia:- Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Steve Smith, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon
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Pitch and Conditions In England vs Australia :-
This game will be played on a relatively unused strip. There will be no short boundaries, meaning that bowlers can bowl short without the fear of being hit with ease. The pitch has some grass but is not too friendly to spinners.
The weather forecast predicts some rain during the match hours. There is a reserve day just in case.
After their success against spin during the India game, Australia will not use spin early to the openers. England have shown weaknesses to left arm seamers and in Starc and Behrendorff, Australia have two lefties who can wreak havoc.
Both teams have prolific opening pairs, meaning that the short-comings of the middle order are extensively masked. Apart from Carey for Australia and Stokes for England, no middle order player has been consistent. But on the big stage, the platform is set for the likes of Glenn Maxwell and Jos Buttler to shine with a special innings.
Peter Handscomb averages a decent 52 at #4 and is a very good player of spin. He has the ability to go big in the death if needed.
The match will hinge on how both teams’ new ball bowlers bowl to the openers. Smith and Root will look to anchor the innings, allowing the explosive batsmen around them to finish strongly.
Expect this historical clash to provide a game you will never forget. The stakes of a semi-final, combined with a dash of history and centuries of rivalry, you don’t want to miss this blockbuster match.Home » cricket world cup 2019 » England vs Australia Preview
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