Last Update on: August 19th, 2019 at 05:42 pm
The second semifinal of the ICC World Cup 2019 will see arch-rivals England and Australia go up against each other on July 11 (Thursday) at Edgbaston in Birmingham. The hosts will look to settle the scores after their defeat against the defending champions in the group stages.
That defeat against South Africa in the last group match has forced Australia to look at potential changes. Peter Handscomb, who came into the side as a replacement for the injured Shaun Marsh will make his World Cup debut. They will be mulling over the injury of Marcus Stoinis who suffered the side strain in the last game. But the all-rounder returned to training, which is a positive sign for the five-times world champions. Australia’s dominating performance at Lord’s, where they beat England by 64 runs in the group stages is still fresh in everyone’s minds, and they will look to repeat the same at Edgbaston to keep their hopes alive for the sixth World Cup trophy.
On the other hand, England have won their last two matches convincingly against India and New Zealand and are confident before their semifinal match. The return of Jason Roy at the top of England’s batting has bolstered their combination once again. Jonny Bairstow’s brilliant run and Ben Stokes’ form with the bat will keep the top-ranked ODI team in high stead as they look for revenge in the semifinal. The onus, however, will be on the bowlers once again to produce a match-winning effort to rout Australia out of the tournament.
Date and Venue: England vs Australia, July 11 (Thursday), 3:00 PM IST, at Edgbaston in Birmingham
An exciting encounter was on display when England and Australia went against each other at the Lord’s. The Aussies secured a 64-run win over the host to strengthen their dominance in the World Cup. But time has flown since then, and England have picked up the momentum at the right time just before the business end of the tournament.
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The semifinal game is a different ball game altogether , and with supporters behind them, England look to beat Australia and progress through to the finals and set up a date with either India or New Zealand on July 14.