A Do or Die situation for Australia: Match Preview

Following two draw matches against New Zealand and Bangladesh, Australia are facing a do or die situation against England. If this match is bound to be washed out, Australian campaign will be completed at the champions trophy. They have only played a single complete match against Sri Lanka which was the warm up game of the tournament. Their next match is against England at Edgbaston where not even a single game have not without being affected by rain. The forecast for the day is rain in the morning and in the evening, and if the prediction goes on right there would be enough time for the complete match. Situation in the group A is simple, England is through to the semi finals and if Australia wins the match they are through too but if game is washed out or Australia losses it than Bangladesh will march forward to semis. England on the other hand would love to continue their winning momentum and would love to eliminate their oldest foes.

What: England vs Australia, 10th June, Champions trophy, 15:00 IST

Where: Edgbaston, Birmingham

What to expect: there is overcast condition and rain will affect the game, picth will have pace and bounce and would be good for batting.

Form Guide:

Australia: LLWWW

England: WWLWW

Team Preview:

England: they are unlikely to make any changes in the playing XI, Jason Roy struggling form is backed up by the team management. Jake Ball resistance won him the man of the match in the last match.

Probable XI: 1 Jason Roy, 2 Alex Hales, 3 Joe Root, 4 Eoin Morgan (capt), 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Adil Rashid, 9 Liam Plunkett, 10 Mark Wood, 11 Jake Ball.

Australia: having not played any completed match, Australia are yet to access their complete lineup. Chris Lynn might have the chance to be in the playing XI but it is not fixed whose spot he will be in.

Probable XI: 1 David Warner, 2 Aaron Finch, 3 Steven Smith (capt), 4 Moises Henriques, 5 Glenn Maxwell, 6 Travis Head, 7 Matthew Wade (wk), 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Pat Cummins, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazlewood.

Players in the Spotlight:

Liam Plunkett: in the last one year, Liam Plunkett have taken 43 wickets. The highest in one day international, his four fer against Bangladesh in the first match shows the form he is in. He will be the key factor against Australia.

Adam Zampa: he looked in good bowling streak against Bangladesh and took hold of few important Bangladeshi wickets. Spin is always a concern for England and Adam Zampa could well be in the Spotlight to perform better.

Match Prediction: a do or die situation for Australia might get them the game but it would be hard to get past the in form England batsman.


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