Can Australia Beat England In Semi Finals Despite Injury Concerns?
Defending champions Australia will take on hosts England in the second semi-final of the 2019 ICC World Cup scheduled to take place on 11 July. Although Australia has beat England in the playoff games, Australia injury concerns have meant bookmakers still have England as the favourites with odds of 1.66. Meanwhile, the Aussies go in as the underdogs with odds of 2.18.
Australia Injury Concerns Can Impact Outcome
The Aussies completely outplayed England during their playoff game on 25 June in Lord’s. Australia outplayed England in all departments of the game and won by a margin of 64 runs. The Australian captain Aaron Finch took charge of the game. This includes scoring a century that helped Australia post a first innings total of 285.
They would go on to quickly run through the famed England batting lineup and bowl them out for 221. Jason Behrendorff picked up 5 wickets and received great support from Mitchell Starc, who finished with 4 wickets. M Starc is currently the leading wicket taker in the ICC World Cup with 26 wickets . He will subsequently be eager to continue his wicket taking haul against England once again.
Nevertheless, Australia injury concerns mean that they will not be able to play the same side against England. Usman Khawaja is injured and now officially out of the World Cup. Marcus Stoinis is likely to play. However, there are concerns over his fitness and his ability to bowl a full quota of overs. M Starc has also been nursing a few niggles. The Australian’s will be hoping that he is 100 percent fit for the semi-finals. And also the finals, if they should get past England.
Despite Australia injury concerns, the team does have reinforcements ready as the Australian A team is currently touring England. Matthew Wade has been drafted into the side and Peter Handscomb is also ready to play. Australia will need to determine who will replace U Khawaja and if they are going to gamble on the fitness of M Stoinis.
England Will Go In With More Confidence
Australia beat England when opened Jason Roy was not playing due to an injury. Roy has since returned to the side and has struck a couple of half centuries. This has given his side the impetus they need.
England thrives on a good opening partnership. Roy and Bairstow have given the Poms a great platform at the top of the order. They will be looking to counter the left arm pace of M Starc and J Behrendorff at the start of the innings.
The one person who will be under a little pressure is the England captain, Eoin Morgan. There have been comments made on social media by ex-England players that he fears the short ball and backs away from the fast bowlers. Morgan knows the best way to answer his critics is to perform well with the bat and lead his side to victory.
When it comes to their bowling, England knows that they need to get David Warner and captain Aaron Finch out quickly. Warner has been in great form throughout the tournament. He is currently sitting in second place on the list of reading run scorers during the 2019 World Cup.
England will have to take a call on whether they continue to play Liam Plunkett or decide to back Moeen Ali as he strengthens the batting. The team that wins the toss will most likely look to bat first. As we have seen throughout this World Cup, the team batting first tends to go on to win more often than not!