ICC World Cup 2019: Joe Root Confident Of England Carrying Good Form Against Australia
England talisman batsman Joe Root is confident of his team carrying the good recent record against their arch-rivals Australia. The English team has won nine out of the 11 matches they have played against the Men in Yellow. Thus, England has dominated the Australian side in the last one year.
Meanwhile, the defending champions Australia had defeated England by 64 runs in the ongoing World Cup in the league stage. Hence, England would like to turn the tables when they will take on their nemesis at Edgbaston, Birmingham on 11th July in the second semifinal.
In fact, it should also be noted that Australia is back to its full strength after the return of Mitchell Starc, Steven Smith, David Warner and Pat Cummins. Australia has ticked the right boxes and they lost only two matches out of the nine to finish as the second best team of the league stage.
England had also defeated Australia by 5-0 when the latter had toured the former in 2018.
England is powerhouse in home conditions.
“If you look at the past 11 games against them we have won nine,” Root was quoted as saying by the ICC.
“These guys and this group over the last four years, their experience against Australia have been very positive and they have got a lot of success in the bank.
“I don’t see that as a big worry for this group, we will be drawing on that confidence that over a long period of time now we have been successful against Australia and we should take that into Thursday.”
Meanwhile, England had done a great job in the last two matches. It was two must win games for the hosts against India and New Zealand and they were able to tick the right boxes. However, Australia has all the experience of big matches and it is not going to be easy for England to defeat the mighty Aussies.
“I feel we are in a good place coming into it, I feel like the last two days have almost been like knockout cricket for us.
“We have been playing in a high-pressure environment for a while now and hopefully that will hold us in good stead going into this game.
“It doesn’t matter (who are the favourites). It comes down to who plays their best cricket on the day. If we play in the manner we have the last two games, we will be a very difficult side to play against.
England will take on their nemesis at Edgbaston, Birmingham on 11th July in the second semifinal.