After the power-pack battle of first semi-final round, it is now time for a one-on-one brawl between defending champions Australia and hosting team England at Edgbaston Stadium on Thursday. Both the arch-rivals will either go hard or go home. The match between the two title favourite teams will get started from 3 pm (IST) and is going to broadcast live on Star Sports networks.
Aaron Finch vs Chris Woakes
The star skipper of Australian Cricket team Aaron Finch is currently reigning on the peak in his unique batting style and so is England’s fast bowler Chris Woakes. In their upcoming ‘now or never’ battle, both the players will put their best efforts to lead their respective squads to the biggest victory. When on one side, Finch will be eying on establish an excellent score in front of England, Woakes will be looking forward to dismiss as many as Australian cricketers with his deadliest bowling spell.
Liam Plunkett vs David Warner
The experienced Australian batsman David Warner is all set to play his career-best innings in the upcoming semi-final battle. Undoubtedly, this match would be no less than a battleground for Warner as he is going to prove himself one more time after coming back in the squad this year. On the other side, 34-year-old talented pacer of England, Liam Plunkett is hoping to finish the game of Australian veterans by taking crucial wickets. Though Plunkett might not have received many chances to show his prowess but in this game, he will not spare any opportunity to dismiss the opponents with destructive deliveries.
Mitchell Starc vs Joe Root
World-class pacer Mitchell Starc who has already been named among the top four cricketers of ICC World Cup 2019, is ready to go hard on English cricketers. Starc could be seen in his supreme form and it is almost impossible to save wicket against the classic bowler. While on the other hand, Joe Root is also looking forward to give neck-to-neck competition to Starc with his amazing batting skills. Root has scored the highest number of runs for England so far in the ongoing tournament. It will be crucial for both the players to go big in today’s match. Notably, the mini clash between the two will be worth-watch for fans.
It will be interesting to see who will move one step closer to its destination. Whether Australian champions will repeat the history again after beating New Zealand in World Cup finals or England will create the history after winning their maiden World cup title.
England’s probable playing XI: Eoin Morgan (Skipper), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (Wicket-keeper), Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, and Mark Wood
Australia’s probable playing XI: Aaron Finch (Skipper), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (Wicket-Keeper), Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, and David Warner