Australia will look to keep their winning momentum going against neighbours New Zealand when they go up against each other on June 29 (Saturday) at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. Meanwhile, the Aussies have already sealed the semifinal berth with two matches to go in the league stage.
Australia look to continue the winning run
The defending champions have looked dominant so far in the World Cup barring the game against India. While Aaron Finch and David Warner has led the batting, new ball bowlers Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins have lived up to the expectations. To top that, Jason Behrendorff’s five-wicket haul against England will give Australia the flexibility to rotate the players.
Aaron Finch & Co will look to continue to play the brand of cricket they have been playing so far and keep the winning streak going.
Here is the predicted playing XI of Australia for match 37 of the ICC World Cup 2019 against New Zealand at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London:
Skipper Aaron Finch has been in form for Australia and had led the side from the front. The swashbuckling opener will look to play another big knock against neighbours New Zealand and forge a good opening partnership with David Warner.
David Warner has been the highest run-scorer of the tournament and had led the batting of the Aussies. The southpaw has looked in magical touch, and if he gets going, New Zealand will have a really tough time at Lords.
Usman Khawaja has hit the strides in the game against Bangladesh after a poor start to the World Cup. The southpaw will hope to keep up his form as Australia look to keep the winning run going.
The former Australian skipper has made a solid comeback with useful contributions in the middle order. Smith has led the batting from the front if they have lost early wickets and rotated the strike to help the batters to follow, unleash a carnage in the final overs.
Glenn Maxwell has made useful contributions with the bat playing some quickfire knocks. Australia will want Maxwell to chip in with the ball as well in the middle overs to keep the opponent scoreboard under control.
Marcus Stoinis suffered a side strain; however, he has recovered and has returned to the playing XI. The all-rounder is yet to showcase his talent in the World Cup and will aim to hit the strides before the semifinals.
Alex Carey has been brilliant behind the stumps, but runs with the bat have dried up barring the game against India. Besides, he has had only limited opportunities with the bat and will want to contribute if any opportunities come his way.
Pat Cummins has done an excellent job with the ball and will only aim to continue doing the job he has been doing. His partnership with Mitchell Starc has been a crucial factor for Australia in this World Cup.
Mitchell Starc is currently the wicket-taker in this World Cup and has bowled with good pace and zeal. Starc will want to be at his best against neighbours New Zealand and keep the momentum before the semifinals.
Nathan Lyon was economical in the game against England; however, he will look to chip in some wickets against New Zealand which will keep Australia’s spin department in high stead.
Jason Behrendorff had an outstanding game against England derailing them claiming a five-wicket haul. The left-arm will look to keep up the excellent work and retain his place in the playing XI.