ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: The Defending champions Australia take on ICC World Cup 2019 hosts England today at Lord's in London. England cricket team led by Eoin Morgan are all set to be clashed with Aaron Finch's Australia cricket team in the 32nd game. The five-time World champions Aussies are at the 2nd place with just one loss against Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team.They have won five out of their six games and are currently placed at the second position in the points table. The batsmen, especially their openers, have been in top form and their bowlers, led by their pace attack Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins have been able to pick wickets at crucial junctures of the games.
On the other hand, a shock defeat against Sri Lanka, England cricket team will look to get back on winning track and take one step closer towards the semi-finals when they face arch-rivals Australia cricket team. The hosts England cricket team led by their star player Eoin Morgan are at 4th spot in the points table at present. England are eager to win their first title which is at their home soil, Morgan and Co. will have to win at least two out of their remaining three games to seal a place in the semi-final. England cricket team did a fantastic job so far in this edition of WC, feeling the pressure of winning the World title at home. This marquee event at the home of cricket (Lords) is the perfect opportunity for Aussies to smash England's hopes of making to the last four of the ICC World Cup 2019.
Pitch report: The pitch at Lord's looks like grassy, spongy with pace and bounce which help the batsmen of both sides as it was a good batting surface. Teams batting first have won three of the last four games at Lord's, which makes the toss crucial for this game.
Weather forecast: The forecast will remain humid throughout the day. There will be intervals of clouds and sun with heavy and thundery showers might came due to a delayed start will be possible.
Head to head in World Cups: 5-2 in the favour of the Australia cricket team.
Jason Roy who got injured against West Indies will miss the match against Sri Lanka. He is replaced with James Vince in the previous match. So England cricket team playing with the same line-up.
While, Australia cricket team made two changes (i.e. Nathan Lyon and Jason Behrendorff comes in place off Adam Zampa and Nathan Coulter-Nile) for today's game against England.
Predictions: As looking at their world cup history, we can say that Australia cricket team have an upper hand in the upcoming fixtures. However, the winning probability tells us that England who have a higher chance of winning with 55% as compared to Australia's 45%.
Players to watch out for
Jos Buttler (England) - The wicket-keeper batsman has the ability to any match himself with his extraordinary batting skills. Buttler, who scored a match-winning 110* in his last outing against Australia, will once again be an important player for the hosts, against in-form Australian bowling line-up.
Aaron Finch (Australia) - The Aussies captain has been leading from the front in this tournament, scored 396 runs in six innings so far in the WC. Finch, who set a classical century with a brilliant 135 knock against England in ICC World Cup 2015, will once again look to play a long innings today.
Australia Playing XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), , Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff
England Playing XI: James Vince, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood
England - James Vince, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Liam Plunkett, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson
Australia - David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey(w), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Shaun Marsh, Kane Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon