In the wake of enduring a shock defeat against Sri Lanka, England will hope to get their campaign back on track and take one stride towards the semi-finals when they face Australia in the ICC World Cup 2019 contest at the iconic Lord’s Stadium on Tuesday.
With four successes from six matches, England are as of now at the fourth spot in the ICC World Cup 2019 points table.
The hosts, who came into the tournament as overwhelming favourites to clinch the World Cup title, now find themselves in a spot of bother. Mathematically, England will need at least a couple of wins from their remaining three matches to get into the final four.
However, it will not be that easy for England. Here are their next three opponents- Australia (who lost just one match), India and New Zealand (the only two unbeaten teams in the tournament). England will have to pull their socks and consider what has been going wrong in their dugout that seem to lose a crucial match once in a while.
Here is another stat to make things seem worse for England – they haven’t been able to register a win against either of these teams at the World Cup stage in the last 27 years.
Notably, England had lost to Pakistan in a dramatic style before being beaten by Sri Lanka. However, in their other matches, they have registered dominating wins. England have been quite a mystery this tournament but they would need to make sense of their campaign before they take the field against Australia.
The pressure will definitely be on Eoin Morgan and team to turn out and play their aggressive and fearless brand of cricket which has revamped English cricket in the last couple of years. However, the unavailability of Jason Roy, who has been sidelined because of hamstring damage will add to England’s woes.
Australia, meanwhile, have been very clinical in their performances up until this point. They have won five out of their six matches and are stand second at the points tally. The batsmen have been in phenomenal form. Their bowlers, driven by Mitchell Starc, have had the option to pick wickets at critical moments of the match.
Marcus Stonis will join the team and will add immense balance to an Australian side which is looking to set their record straight against England. Interestingly, the Aussies have lost nine out of the last 10 matches played against England. But this World Cup clash is a new game of cricket where both the teams will believe that they can win.
The pressure is a bit more on England perhaps. But, with the stakes high for England, and Australia looking to continue their winning run, the sporting arena is sure to feast upon a classic contest from the Mecca of Cricket, Lord’s.
Live action begins from 3 pm (IST) onwards.
England: Eoin Morgan (C), 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.
Australia: Aaron Finch (C), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Alex Carey (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon