Cricket World Cup: England vs Australia
Venue: Lord’s, London
Date: Tuesday, 25 June 2019
England face Australia on Tuesday as both teams line up for their seventh game of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. It is a mouthwatering encounter because of both the history between the two nations and the way that the standings are set at this point in the group stage.
England were rolling along nicely until their last match when they were shocked by Sri Lanka. The host nation just couldn’t get their bats going as they were bowled out for 212 while chasing Sri Lanka’s target of 232/9. The result leaves England on eight points and clinging to the final spot in the semi-final picture as the group stage winds down. The hosts need a win here to create breathing space between themselves, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.
Australia are in a better position than England as they sit second on the ladder with 10 points after six games. The Australian’s have been winning without wowing anyone, and without making their home press happy, but a record of five wins and just one defeat is impressive. Their only defeat in the CWC to date came against India, though back to back matches coming up against England and New Zealand will really test their tournament winning credentials.
The big injury news pre-match is that England’s Jason Roy will not make it back for the game against Australia. Roy is facing a second scan on his torn hamstring, with the hope being that he can be risked against India on Sunday if England can’t get the job done against Australia and the India match becomes one where their semi-final hopes are firmly on the line.
James Vince, Roy’s replacement, has been less than effective in his two World Cup starts. The Hampshire batsman has been lost for 26 (Afghanistan) and 14 (Sri Lanka) before falling. He needs a big game against Australia to prove his selection was right for the team.
Australia may still look disjointed in their batting, it still doesn’t appear like Aaron Finch’s squad know what their best order is, but they have found a way to claw through and win five of their six games. If peaking at the right time matters, then it is Australia who have undoubtedly come into winning, if not individual, form over the last 12 months.
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England Top Bowler – Jofra Archer 2.50
Archer has been the best England bowler so far this tournament and it has been his ability to take wickets that has allowed the England batsmen to go after the ball. He has 15 wickets so far this tournament and he will be the best England bowler on show again as he goes after David Warner and the rest of the Aussie lineup.
Australia Top Bowler – Mitchell Starc 2.00
England plays a high-risk, high-reward brand of cricket where bowlers can either routinely get smashed or they can take wickets in bunches. Starc takes a wicket every 14 balls in the last 10 overs of a match over the course of his career, earning him the ‘death bowler’ tag as he squeezes the life out of an opponent. The paceman is good money to be the best Aussie bowler on show here.
In a weird way, it would have been much better for Australia here if England had beaten Sri Lanka last time out. This is a team that rebounds from defeats well and the last time they lost two games in a row at home was back in 2015 against an Australian side that won the World Cup that year. Expect England to put in a big performance with their World Cup hopes ever s slightly in the balance here.