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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, determined to recover from an upset loss to Sri Lanka last Friday.
The hosts England cricket team led by their captain Eoin Morgan has stressed that his top-ranked side expected to lose games, but the pressure on them to make the semifinals is rising, with games against the three strongest teams ahead:of five-time champion Australia, then two-time champion India, then 2015 finalist New Zealand. However, England hasn't beaten any of those teams at a World Cup in 27 years.
On the other hand, the Aussies Australia cricket team led by their star player Aaron Finch have been improving since its loss to India, having smothered chases by Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. All-rounder Marcus Stoinis and fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile are fit, and David Warner and Steve Smith have reintegrated successfully with lots of runs after their 12-month suspension.
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. 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.
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 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.
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 - in 1989 at Nottingham and in 2005 at the Lord's 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
England - Eoin Morgan (C), Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, James Vince, Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Liam Dawson, Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Liam Plunkett, Tom Curran
Australia - Aaron Finch (C), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey, Adam Zampa, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff, Kane Richardson
AUS vs ENG ICC World Cup 2019 2nd Semi-Final
Date and Time: 11 July, 3:00 PM IST.
Venue: Lord's, London
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.