England vs. Australia
|Date & Time||Tuesday June 25, 2019, 5:30 AM (EDT)|
England 1.73 Australia 2.10
England face Australia at Lord’s on Tuesday with both sides in a strong position to qualify for the semi-finals of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. With just three group matches left, England sit 4thin the table with eight points and Australia have ten points in 2ndplace.
England are slight favorites to win but both teams are relatively evenly matched and anything can happen when these two nations go head to head. This is one of the oldest and fiercest rivalries in world cricket and it’s guaranteed to be a thrilling encounter.
Australia come into the match after a 48-run win over Bangladesh. They posted 381/5 from their 50 overs and Bangladesh could only manage 333/8 in reply. David Warner top scored with a sublime 166 and in turn made the highest individual score at the tournament so far; over taking his team mate Aaron Finch’s 153.
Warner now sits at the top of the run-scoring charts with 447 tournament runs to his name. Fellow Aussies Aaron Finch and Steve Smith also feature in the top 10 and their batting line-up has been in excellent form through the competition.
The Australian bowlers have also been very impressive. Mitchell Starc has 15 wickets to name at this year’s World Cup and would love to add to his tally against rivals England. Pat Cummins has taken 11 wickets so far and the likes of Marcus Stoinis, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Adam Zampa have all chipped in with important wickets along the way.
On the other hand, England’s last match ended in a shock defeat to Sri Lanka. They eventually lost by just 20 runs and will be desperate to get back to winning ways against Australia. Despite Ben Stoke’s 82 from 89 and another half century from Joe Root, their efforts weren’t enough to get their team over the line. Pacemen Jofra Archer and Mark Wood both claimed three wickets each whilst Adil Rashid finished with figures of 2/45.
Joe Root and Eoin Morgan both feature in the top run-scorers charts for the tournament. Root sits 3rdwith 424 and Morgan is 7thwith 270 runs to his name. Morgan broke all sorts of records against Afghanistan and he will be looking to rekindle that form against Australia on Tuesday.
Jofra Archer is having a fantastic debut World Cup and sits at the top of the wicket-taking charts (15). His pace and variety of deliveries make him a threat to any team. Mark Wood has also been impressive and has 12 tournament wickets to his name.
England will be looking to bounce back from their defeat against Sri Lanka and will certainly be fired up for the match against Australia. It’s hard to see them performing so poorly again and despite Australia’s strength, England have a much more balanced side and I fancy them to beat Australia in what will be a thrilling match.