Australia vs. England
|Date & Time||Tuesday June 25, 2019, 5:30 AM (EDT)|
England -138 / Australia +110
In the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, England will play against Australia at Lord’s in London.
England suffered a shock defeat in their previous match as they lost to Sri Lanka. It was an unexpected result for England and the team will hope to bounce back strongly from that defeat.
The batting was particularly poor from England as they only managed 212 runs. Ben Stokes played an unbeaten inning of 82 but he received no support from the other batsmen. Chasing 233 was never supposed to be a tough task for England but the batsmen failed to score runs on a slow pitch and that will be a worrying trend for the team.
As far as the bowling was concerned, England were very good. Jofra Archer and Mark Wood were very good as both bowlers took 3 wickets each. Adil Rashid also took 2 wickets which will please the England camp since the leg spinner is vital to the success of the team.
England have been the best team in ODI cricket over the past 24 months and they will be confident in their ability to bounce back from the defeat against Sri Lanka.
On the other side of the coin, Australia defeated Bangladesh in their previous match. Australia currently have 10 points from 6 games.
It was a dominant batting display by Australia as David Warner scored an impressive 166 to lead the team to a total of 381. Usman Khawaja (81) and Aaron Finch (53) both contributed to the total also. The total Australia posted was always going to be enough for the team to win the match but the bowling was poor and that will cause some concerns.
Nathan Coulter-Nile and Adam Zampa have been very poor throughout this tournament and that has meant that most teams have been able to score big. Australia conceded 333 runs with most bowlers having poor days. Considering England’s batting unit, Australia must bowl well if they wish to compete.
Lord’s has not hosted many games in this tournament the pitch is expected to have some grass which could assist the pace bowler. Other than the grass, this pitch should be good for batting.
England and Australia have an old rivalry so this should be a big occasion for both teams. As far as predicting a winner is concerned, I am going to pick England. England have been are the better team and I see their loss to Sri Lanka as nothing of concern. The likes of Archer, Root, Morgan, and Wood have been outstanding over the past few months and I see England being too strong for Australia in this match.