England vs. Australia CWC19 semifinal in Birmingham
2019-07-11 at 13:22
The oldest cricketing rivals England and Australia will lock-horns in the second semi-final of the 2019 ICC World Cup at Edgbaston this afternoon.
The winner of the game, slated to get underway at 1500 Sri Lanka time, will meet New Zealand in the finals on Sunday.
Australia could have avoided facing England by winning its last match against South Africa, however, a spirited performance from the Proteas allowed them to bow out with a win.
England won its last two round-robin matches to qualify for the semi-final. Australia has not won an ODI at Edgbaston since 1993. It also lost against England in Birmingham in the Champions Trophy 2017.
The Aussies, though, are five-time World Cup winners and know better than any other team how to lift their game for the crunch situations.
The injuries have continued to plague the Australians as Usman Khawaja and Marcus Stoinis join the injured list alongside Shaun Marsh. Matthew Wade, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Handscomb have joined the squad for the remained of Australia’s World Cup campaign.
David Warner has 638 runs to his name while Aaron Finch has scored 507 runs so far in the tournament.
Wicket-keeper Alex Carey has notched up 329 runs.
Mitchell Starc is the leading wicket-taker of the tournament by a long distance. Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff, and a combination of Maxwell-Marsh for the fifth bowler should provide Australia with a lot of ammunition to come hard at England.
After fumbling its way through the group stages, England has finally managed to make it to the semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2019. Now, it stands just two good matches away from re-writing cricket history.
No England side has ever won the cricket world cup although and it is after 1992 that any England side has managed to reach the semi-final.
England has a very good record at Edgbaston during the tournament and the pitch should be flat and allow the English batsmen to play freely and the boundaries are also big enough to give their power hitters an advantage.
England was the top-ranked team coming into the tournament and has been very good in the ICC World Cup 2019 on its good days. Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Eoin Morgan, and Jos Buttler have all made big scores so far in the World Cup.
England’s batting is stronger than that of Australia’s with more depth and power at its disposal. Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, and Liam Plunkett are almost sure to be in the playing eleven for England. Archer and Wood have 18 and 17 wickets to their name respectively.
Both of them will end up with more wickets than any other England bowler in a previous World Cup campaign.
The previous record at Edgbaston suggests that batting first is the right way but the overhead conditions may favor bowling. Rain interruptions are expected during the match although the hope is that we should be able to get a full 50 over match in.
The pitch at Birmingham has been good for batting before slowing up later on in the game. The same kind of surface, perhaps, one that is better for batting than in previous matches is expected.
The game will get underway at 1500 Sri Lanka time, if weather permits.