Australia vs England Predictions – Cricket World Cup

Prateik K
By: Prateik K
Australia vs England Semi Final
Australia vs England, Cricket World Cup Semi Final, Edgbaston, Birmingham

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World Cup Squad Comparison

Australia

Australia will face England at Edgbaston in the 2nd semi-final of the World Cup 2019. They finished the league stage with 7 wins and 2 losses, ending up on 2nd place in the points table. Usman Khawaja was injured in the last match and has been ruled out of the World Cup. Marcus Stoinis also pulled a side strain in the match against South Africa and there is uncertainty over his fitness for now. Matthew Wade will be called in as a replacement for Usman Khawaja in the squad, while Mitchell Marsh would cover for Marcus Stoinis, if the latter isn’t fit for the semi-final.

Matthew Wade has delivered some amazing performances in the ODIs for Australia A recently and is in fine touch. While David Warner has amassed 638 runs at an average of 79.75 in this tournament so far. He is a reliable batsmen in the Australian batting order, and at the Edgbaston pitch, which will be a batting friendly track, Warner will be very crucial. Glenn Maxwell would enjoy hitting sixes over the shorter boundary at this venue, though his struggle with the short pitched ball is at the peak. Alex Carey has delivered some crucial batting performances in the middle and built important partnerships for his side. He can be a match winner and given the nature of the pitch and ground dimensions, he could flourish towards the end of the Australia innings allowing the side to end up with a big score.

Mitchell Starc is the top bowler of the tournament with 26 wickets and along with Jason Behrendorff has a big role to play in the powerplay. However, as India and South Africa figured out, playing out the Aussie pacers in the powerplay and going after other bowlers in the middle overs is the key. It is easy to score runs at this ground, and Aaron Finch would need a tight bowing plan in case his frontline bowlers fail to pick wickets and England top order builds a long partnership. He relies a lot on Starc to give them a breakthrough, break partnerships, and that might turn out to be costly. Nathan Lyon can be targeted by English batsmen to be hit over the shorter boundary for sixes.

England

England seemed to be losing the plot with 2 consecutive losses, but have just pulled themselves back in time. With 2 back to back wins over India and New Zealand they’ve gained momentum and look confident going into the semi-final. Jonny Bairstow is in good touch and so is his opening partner Jason Roy. The pair had built a 160-runs partnership at this venue against India. Bairstow has scored 2 consecutive hundreds in the last 2 matches including one at Edgbaston.

England has a strong batting line-up with Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler coming in at number 5 and 6. Ben Stokes has been consistent and scored a fifty in his last appearance at this ground. Eoin Morgan needs to get back in form and score runs at number 4. His batting position demands the batsman to stay in for long and build partnerships and he would be keen on that. The bowlers did really well defending 337 against India as they bowled in the right areas making it difficult for Indian batsmen to hit sixes. Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett along with Jofra Archer can get them breakthroughs and early wickets to unsettle the Aussies.

Our Prediction for Australia vs England

England are favourites to win this match

Australia definitely has the fighting spirit and their lower batting order never gives up in a chase as was seen in the last match. The attitude of the two teams makes this contest a thriller of a match. A batting friendly track, teams with in-form batsmen at the top, big hitters in the middle and pacers with bouncers and yorkers call for an exciting game of cricket.

Toss will play an important role and if team that wins and opts to bat first will have the advantage. A score of 320+ on this ground, though gettable, may seem just enough in high intensity and pressure game like the World-Cup semi-final. England hasn’t lost an ODI at this venue since 2014, while Australia hasn’t won one since 1993.

Prateik K
By: Prateik K

A Data Engineer by trade, Prateik has coupled two things he loves the most - Cricket and Data. When he is not playing cricket, he is pulling data insights from current and past cricket matches, building predictive models, writing predictions and betting tips. An armchair activist, Prateik spends his free time reading philosophy and nagging people about climate change.

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