Who Will Win Australia vs England Semi-Final, ICC CWC 2019?
Australia faced a 10-run defeat against South Africa in their final round-robin match, and as a result of that loss, they will now face hosts England in the second semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The match will be played on July 11 at the Edgbaston in Birmingham with live telecast scheduled to begin at 10:30 AM local time.
ENG vs AUS, ICC CWC 2019: Where to watch/Live streaming
TV channels: Star Sports, Star Cricket, Fox Sports, Sky Sports, Ten Sports, SuperSport, OSN Sports Cricket HD, Gazi TV
Live Streaming: Bet365, Hotstar, Foxtel Go, Sky Go, Now TV, OSN Play
ENG vs AUS Weather Report
The weather forecast does not look too good with intermittent showers expected on Thursday. Temperature will be between 19 and 22 degrees Celsius while humidity will be around 65%. However, it may not rain at all on Friday (reserve day) and the Sun might make its way out.
What if Eng vs Aus Semi-Final is Rained out?
Since rain has been forecast for Thursday, there is a chance that the match may not be completed on that day. In such a scenario, the match will continue the following day from where it was left off on Thursday. Although there is not much rain expected on Friday, but in case the weather plays spoilsport again and the match could not be completed, then Australia who finished one place above England on the points table will progress to play the Sunday's final.
ENG vs AUS Pitch Condition
300+ has been scored thrice in the last two matches at Edgbaston which shows how good this pitch has been for batting recently. Batsmen will look to target the short boundary on one side of the ground. The pitch is likely to favor pace bowlers more than spinners.
ENG vs AUS Toss Prediction
Five of the last eight one-day internationals played at this ground have been won by the side batting first. But since there is a good chance of rain interruptions, the DLS equation may come into play which is why the toss-winning team is likely to bowl first.
Read on for team previews, betting odds, betting tips and predictions for Australia vs England semi-final, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019...
England Team News & Playing 11
ENG Team News
Unlike Australia, England do not have any injury issues to deal with ahead of this semi-final clash as all their players seem to be physically fit. They have fielded the same group of eleven in their last two matches, and since they have won both of those, we don 't expect them to disturb their winning combination. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow will open the England innings while Joe Root will bat at number three. Jos Buttler has been used as a floater in this tournament, and if need be, the wicketkeeper may again be sent ahead of Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes.
ENG Key Players
Jonny Bairstow: The opener has shown excellent form with the bat in this tournament, scoring 462 runs and averaging over 50. He is coming on the back of two consecutive centuries - 111 versus India followed by 106 versus New Zealand - and will be eyeing another big one on Thursday.
Ben Stokes: England's star all-rounder has cracked four half-centuries in the World Cup 2019, the most recent of which came against India at Birmingham. He has also taken seven wickets in the tournament. Stokes scored 89 and took 1-29 against Australia last month at the Lord's and he will look to replicate that performance.
Jofra Archer: The pacer has been the team's best bowler in this World Cup and is amongst the top ten wicket-takers. He has picked 17 wickets and his economy rate of 4.78 is one of the best in the tournament. Archer returned outstanding figures of 1-17 from seven overs last time out against New Zealand.
ENG Recent Form
England thrashed New Zealand by 119 runs at Chester-le-Street in their final league game to advance to the semi-finals. With 12 points, they finished third on the CWC 2019 points table having won six and lost three out of their nine matches. The hosts have been impressive with the bat in their last two games, scoring 337 versus India and 305 versus New Zealand. Against the Kiwis, their bowlers put up a clinical show as they bowled them out for just 186 in 45 overs.
England’s Road to Semi-Finals
England started their CWC 2019 campaign with a comfortable 104-run victory over South Africa in the tournament opener at London but were left stunned by Pakistan in their next game at Nottingham as they went down by 14 runs. The hosts then roared back with dominant wins in their next three fixtures - against Bangladesh by 106 runs, West Indies by 8 wickets and Afghanistan by 150 runs.
England lost all their momentum thereafter as they suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka before going down to Australia by 64 runs at the Lord's. Back-to-back losses made their following encounter against India a must-win for them and they held their nerve to eke out a nervy 31-run victory in the end. The home team then took that confidence into their final round-robin game and brushed aside New Zealand by 119 runs to finish third on the points table with 12 points.
England Predicted Playing 11
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Australia Team News & Playing 11
AUS Team News
Australia have been struck hard by a couple of injury blows. Top-order batsman Usman Khawaja has been ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup due to the hamstring injury he had picked up while batting in the previous match against South Africa. The Aussies are likely to draft Peter Handscomb into the playing eleven. Marcus Stoinis suffered a side strain in that game and is doubtful for the Thursday's semi-final. Mitchell Marsh has been named as cover and the all-rounder could be slotted into the line-up straight away in case Stoinis fails to regain complete fitness in time.
AUS Key Players
David Warner: The left-handed opening batsman has been in sensational form since the IPL. He is currently the second-leading run-getter in the tournament with 638 runs which includes three hundreds and as many fifties. His scores in the last four matches read 166, 53, 16 and 122.
Alex Carey: With 329 runs in eight innings, the wicketkeeper is averaging 65.80 and has an impressive strike-rate of 113.44. He has three fifties to his name, two of which were hit in the last two games - 71 against Australia and 85 against South Africa.
Mitchell Starc: The fast bowler is topping the wickets charts of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with 26 wickets at an economy of 5.18. He has notched a couple of four-wicket hauls and as many fifers. After returning 4-43 against England, Starc bagged 5-26 against New Zealand before taking 2-59 in the last match against South Africa.
AUS Recent Form
Australia have finished second on the CWC 2019 leaderboard with seven wins and two losses from their nine league matches. They went into their last game against South Africa at Manchester on the back of five consecutive wins but their winning run came to an end with a 10-run defeat. Their only other defeat in this World Cup came against India last month by 36 runs at the Kennington Oval in London. The Aussies did not have a great game with the ball last time as they allowed the Proteas to rack up a big score of 325 which was always going to be a tough ask on a slowing surface.
Australia’s Road to Semi-Finals
Australia faced Afghanistan - the weakest of all the teams in this World Cup - in their campaign opener and as was expected, it proved to be a walk in the park for them as they emerged victors by seven wickets. Next, they found themselves up against a tougher opponent in West Indies at Nottingham where they secured a hard-fought win by 15 runs. The Aussies then faced their first defeat of the tournament, losing to India by 36 runs at London.
But the loss did not deter Australia and they bounced back strongly to win their next five matches on the trot - beating Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, England and New Zealand en route to their semi-final qualification. By that time, they had become the first team in the tournament to have ensured a spot in the knockout round. The Aussies, however, could not extend their winning run further as they ran into a resurgent South Africa in their last league-stage game. Their hopes of finishing at the top of the table were dashed as they lost by 10 runs and ended up second on the leaderboard with 14 points.
Australia Predicted Playing 11
David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Steven Smith, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis/Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon
England vs Australia Head to Head
Australia and England have played 145 completed one-day internationals against each other with the scoreline 82-61 in favor of the former. The two teams have been involved in a tie twice - in 1989 at Nottingham and in 2005 at the Lord's.
Australia have won 12 of their last 15 ODI encounters against England. The latter, however, registered a comfortable 64-run victory when the two teams met recently at the Lord's in the round-robin stage of the ongoing World Cup.
Australia have faced England nine times at the Edgbaston in the game's 50-over format with the hosts emerging victorious on six occasions. The two countries last played an ODI here at the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy where Australia secured a convincing 40-run win.
Eng vs Aus Head-to-Head in World Cups
Australia boast a very strong record against England in terms of head-to-head count in World Cups. The two teams have played eight matches against each other with the former winning six of those including the most recently played four.
Australia and England have met just once in a World Cup semi-final - when they faced each other for the very first time in the tournament way back in 1975 at Leeds. The Aussies went on to win that match by four wickets.
England's two wins against Australia in World Cups came in 1979 at the Lord's by six wickets and then in 1992 at Sydney by eight wickets.
England vs Australia Prediction
Australia have been one of the most consistent teams in this World Cup and they have lost just two out of their nine round-robin fixtures. They dominated England a couple of weeks ago at the Lord's and that will give them a big psychological edge heading into this high-pressure game. The home team, however, has a good record at this venue and has won its last four ODIs here. The Aussies, on the other hand, have faced defeats the last three times they have played here in the 50-over format - all against England. Eoin Morgan and his troops have a much better understanding of the pitch and conditions and we expect them to avenge their defeat from last time and seal their spot in the finals.
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