15 Jun 2020, 03:36 pm By Neha Sinha
AUS vs ENG 2nd Semi-Final Preview ICC World Cup 2019: The hosts England will be eyeing on their first World Cup Final against the defending champions


  • Australia finished 2nd behind India after their 10-run loss to South Africa on Saturday
  • Australia will face England in the 2nd semi-final of World Cup 2019
  • It doesn't get much bigger than Australia-England in an ICC World Cup semi-final - Finch


ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 - The hosts England cricket team will play defending champion Australia cricket team at Lord's on Tuesday in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The Ashes series not far away, the winner England cricket team will gain a psychological advantage on the Aussies. The two teams faced each other twice, once in a warm-up game and then in the league stages, both of which were won by Australia. Losing Usman Khawaja is a big blow, but in Peter Handscomb, they have a form batsman who actually should have been in the squad. This shows the depth of the unit.

 England cricket team is a quite brilliant side led by their star player Eoin Morgan that's regained significant momentum with the two successive wins over India and New Zealand. The bowling, though still a bit dodgy, has seen a boost with Jofra Archer's inclusion. Batting still remains their major weapon and the only change they might think about is regarding Moeen Ali for Liam Plunkett.

On the other hand, Despite the loss to South Africa, the fight shown in the run chase till the very end shows the mental space that Australian cricket team shown in at present. All the ghosts of 2018 seem a thing of the past now. The bowling unit has got a better dimension with the addition of Jason Behrendorff who has relished the new ball spells while Nathan Lyon has given enough control with his off breaks. With Mitchell Starc running riots, Pat Cummins' slight dip in form of late has gone unnoticed. He is a big game player though and should be alright.

Pitch report: The track looks like green, spongy pace and bounce. Lord?s pitch is always good for batting and bowling as well as the large boundaries should help the spinners bowl with freedom as well. So, both teams are looking forward to these seaming conditions.

Head-to-Head in World Cups: 6-2 in the favour of the Aussies Australian cricket team.

Overall 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 while 3 matches have no result.

England Probable XI: James Vince, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(C), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(WK), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid
Australia Probable XI: Aaron Finch(C), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey(WK), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa

Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa (Standby players: Matthew Wade, Mitchell Marsh)
England: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

Match Prediction:
Australia has 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. So, we can say that Eoin Morgan and his team-mates 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 against the Aussies.

Match details:
AUS vs ENG ICC World Cup 2019 2nd Semi-Final
Date and Time: 11 July, 3:00 PM IST.
Venue: Lord's, London