Australia vs. England
|Date & Time||Thursday July 11, 2019, 5:30 AM (EDT)|
England -138 / Australia +110
Australia and England will play at Edgbaston in the second semifinal of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.
England managed to win their way out of trouble as they finished third in the group stage. England finished the league stage with 12 points having won 6 games.
In their previous outing, England defeated New Zealand by 119 runs.
Jonny Bairstow was outstanding with the bat for England as the opener scored 106 off only 99 balls. Jason Roy also batted very well as he scored 60 of 61 balls. The middle order failed for England but that should not be a big concern since the likes of Morgan and Stokes are in good form.
The bowling was very impressive from England as they took all 10 New Zealand wickets for only186 runs. Mark Wood led the bowling with 3 wickets which Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer both took a wicket each. The fielding was outstanding from England as they dismissed both Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor with runouts.
England are playing well and the team seem to have found their confidence again following wins over India and New Zealand.
Looking at Australia, the team suffered a shock defeat in the previous round of games as they were beaten by South Africa. The loss meant that Australia finished second in the group behind India.
Australia had a very poor game against South Africa as they were beaten by 10 runs. The bowlers were very expensive with Cummins, Starc and Behrendorff all going at over 6 runs per over.
The batting was also poor from Australia although David Warner and Alex Carey both played very well to give the team a chance of winning the match. Australia also picked up some concerns with injury as Usman Khawaja and Marcus Stoinis both look unlikely to play in this match. Two major injuries for a semifinal match will make life very difficult for Australia.
The pitch at Edgbaston is usually very flat and good for batting. There is usually no swing at Edgbaston which should aid England and hamper Australia. Edgbaston is known to be a fortress for England.
Australia looking very dominant prior to their game against South Africa but the tide seems to have turned for the reigning champions. With major injuries hampering the team, Australia may find it tough. England look very dominant and the team are playing on one of their strongest grounds. With all that in mind, I see England winning this game and securing a spot in the final.