England will look to settle the score when they go up against arch-rivals Australia in the second semifinals of the ICC World Cup 2019 on July 11 (Thursday) at Edgbaston in Birmingham. The defending champions had got the better of the host when they met each other in the league stage of the tournament.
England have looked settled coming into the semis on back of two wins against sides like India and New Zealand. The return of Jason Roy at the top of the batting-order has got their combination going, and Eoin Morgan & Co won’t tinker with the winning XI. The bowlers will have to be at their best against a top-class Australian batting unit to restrict them to a low score and rally behind their batters to keep England’s hope of winning their first World Cup alive.
Here is the predicted playing XI of England for the second semifinal of the ICC World Cup 2019 against Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham:
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Jason Roy’s return from injury has changed the face of England’s batting. He has batted fearlessly at the top to give his side a swashbuckling start alongside Jonny Bairstow.
Jonny Bairstow has been in the form of his life scoring two back-to-back centuries against India and New Zealand. The opener will wish to keep up the excellent form going as England look to beat Australia and make it to the final.
Joe Root has held the innings tight and is one of the crucial stakeholders of their batting. The ever-reliant Root will hope to keep the scoreboard ticking and play a big knock against the arch-rivals.
Eoin Morgan has led this side brilliantly from the front in the last few years. He will hope to come out with his team stronger and continue doing what he has been doing since their ouster from the 2015 World Cup. Besides, he has been in form with the bat as well which will only strengthen their batting.
Ben Stokes is one of the best limited-overs all-rounders in the business currently. He has chipped in with useful contributions with both bat and ball when the chips were down to lead England to the glory.
Jos Buttler has blown hot and cold in this World Cup, but the devastating batsman can demolish any bowling attack on a given day. He will hope to be at his best against Australia and knock out the defending champions from the tournament.
Chris Woakes has been in form with the ball picking early wickets with the new ball. Besides, the all-rounder can also chip in with few runs at the end, which will add value to the England side.
Adil Rashid has played a significant role in this set-up in the last few years. His ability to sneak in a few wickets in the middle overs has given the top-ranked ODI side an edge in this format.
Jofra Archer has lived upto the expectations in this World Cup despite struggling with injuries. He has bowl fast and swung the ball and will hope to be at his best against Australia and take his team to the finals.
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Mark Wood came to the World Cup with the worst average among the bowlers picking only a handful of wickets in the last two years. But he has transformed himself and had an excellent World Cup so far and will only look to keep up the superb work.