Eoin Morgan’s side is trying to get their World Cup campaign back on track after being defeated by Sri Lanka. Now, the tournament favorite team, England would be facing their arch-rivals Australia at the Lord’s Stadium on Tuesday.
The reigning champions, Australia is in fine form, after winning five out of the six games. The only match that they lost is their record defeat in the hands of arch rival India. On the other hand, England seems to be a bit out of form after their second defeat at the pool phase in the hands of the Lankans. In spite of losing their last match, England still remains as the most favored team to remain in the top four spot and obviously a berth for the semis.
On a modest pitch, Morgan’s team faced a modest target of 233. However, the team collapsed after scoring 212 runs. Hence, doubt remains on the capability of England to bat in a condition that’s not ideal for shot-making. Cricket experts stated that their main problem which they faced against Sri Lanka was Moeen Ali’s dumb moments. After Moeen Ali tried to recreate his last shot, he only added another fall of wicket for his team.
England’s problems have been aggravated by the absence of Jason Roy from their last two matches, with a torn hamstring alarming to sideline the in-form opener from the Australia clash as well. However, former players like Vaughan bemoaned England’s lack of nous against Sri Lanka, Jos Buttler stated the problem was there but were not aggressive enough.
In contrast, Australia has been encouraged by the productive opening partnership between Captain Aaron Finch and David Warner. Mitchell Starc is the joint-leading wicket-taker in this tournament and his tally of 15 puts him level with fellow pacemen Jofra Archer (England) and Mohammad Amir (Pakistan). Australia’s bowling is going to be decisive. Allan Border, Australia’s captain stated that if Australia can hold their ground against the attack and put pressure back on England, it would change the game.
The match between the two great teams is going to be an exciting one. Anyone can win the match.