ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Semi-Final – Australia vs England Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Australia vs England taking place? Thursday 11th July – 10:30 (UK)

Where is Australia vs England taking place? Edgbaston, Birmingham

What is the expected weather for Australia vs England? 21-22c with a small chance of rain throughout the day which may affect play

What television channel is Australia vs England on in the UK? Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream Australia vs England? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match live on Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for Australia vs England? Tickets can still be purchased for this match via Stubhub!

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting: Australia beat England by 64 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

AUSTRALIA

Coach: Justin Langer

Captain: Aaron Finch

  • Australia lost their final group game against South Africa on Saturday as they fell ten runs short chasing a total of 325/6 so that could see doubts creep in having failed when batting second combined with injuries to Usman Khawaja and Marcus Stoinis compounding matters.

  • Khawaja has been ruled out for the remainder of the World Cup while Stoinis is an injury doubt with his side strain for this game so Matthew Wade and Mitchell Marsh have been called up on standby while they have Peter Handscombe to come in for Khawaja in the team after he joined up last week for the injured Shaun Marsh.

  • The absence of Khawaja will likely lead to skipper Steve Smith move up to number three in the batting order, but the potential loss of Stoinis would be arguably a greater issue which may see them contemplate bringing Nathan Coulter-Nile in as a fifth frontline bowler.

ENGLAND

Coach: Trevor Bayliss

Captain: Eoin Morgan

  • England return to Edgbaston where they have a good record in ODI matches having won 23 of their 39 matches played at the venue including the key victory over India there almost two weeks ago which set them back on track after two previous defeats.

  • Following their victories against India and New Zealand, they will surely name an unchanged side here once again which means Liam Plunkett will retain his place ahead of Moeen Ali thanks to his superb bowling in the middle overs which has been key throughout this tournament.

  • The key once again for England will be on a strong opening partnership as they will look to Roy and Bairstow to set the platform for a good start whether they bat first or second, although skipper Eoin Morgan will likely want to bat first if they win the toss at Edgbaston.

THE PREDICTION

There is little to choose between these two sides although it is England who will take heart from the recent head-to-head record having won ten of the last 12 meetings between the two teams. That said, Australia have already beaten them in this tournament as they comfortably won by 64 runs at Lords. The key to that win was Finch and Warner’s excellent opening stand but England could not count on Jason Roy in that game and his inclusion here could make the difference for them. Usman Khawaja misses out here and potentially Stoinis so Australia are slightly weakened but one would expect their key men to step up once again. Unquestionably both teams will want to bat first and put a strong total on the board and it could simply come down to which team wins the toss. Finch, Warner and Starc may just give Australia the edge but if they are not at their match-winning best, England can win this game. A tough call but the team batting first has to be favoured here.