It will be a high-voltage affair when defending champions Australia goes up against the top-ranked ODI side England in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 on June 25 (Tuesday) at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. While the Aussies are currently at 10 points, the hosts suffered two defeats to occupy the fourth spot with eight points.
Australia will have a little edge over England
Australia will be high on confidence after their exceptional show from their openers – Aaron Finch and David Warner. The bowling has also been in good stead with strike bowlers – Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins among the wickets. The presence of all-rounders Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis – returned from injury in the last game, will add balance to the side. However, the middle-order is yet to face a stiff challenge, and an all-round England attack will look to target that at Lord’s.
On the other hand, England will be coming to this match from the back of a stunning defeat against Sri Lanka. The hosts, who came into the tournament as the favourites, now enter the toughest phase of their World Cup with three difficult matches, starting with the one against Australia, needing a win. To add to their woes is the unavailability of Jason Roy, who has been sidelined due to a hamstring injury. The top-ranked ODI side will have to pull up their socks and play the cricket they have been playing in the last four years to beat the defending champions.
Date and Venue: England vs Australia, June 25 (Tuesday) at 3:00 PM IST, at Lord’s in London
Australia will be coming to this game ahead in the head to head count with 81 wins to England’s 61. However, the hosts have had the edge over the Aussies in recent times, having won nine of the last ten games against them. Stakes will be high for England and Australia as they look to continue their dominance in the World Cup. An exciting encounter is on the cards for the fans on Tuesday.
Despite the five times World Champions going down against the host in recent times, they have a habit of bringing out their best in tough situations which will give them a slight edge at the start of the game.