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In the second and last semi-final battle of ICC World Cup 2019, two title favourite teams England and Australia are going to take on each other at Edgbaston Stadium on Thursday. Both the squads have played a total of nine matches in the ongoing tournament so far. Currently, Australia is reigning at the second position in the World Cup standings with total 14 points while England is holding the third spot in the current standings with total 12 points.

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Five-time World Cup lifters, as well as defending champions Aussies,  are looking forward to clinching the sixth trophy of ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup this year. Second-ranked Australia is just one step away from its destination as Kangaroos have already reached the semi-final round against hosting team England. Aussies came across the final-four round after performing exceptionally well throughout the tournament. The Champions started their grand cricket cup campaign with two back-to-back victories against Afghanistan and West Indies respectively. Though in their third match against men in blues, Aaron Finch-led squad faced its first speed breaker as they lost by 36 runs at ‘The Oval stadium’. Though this won’t stop Australian squad from winning as they bounced back in the fourth battle against Pakistan where they scored 307 runs and defeated the green army by 41 runs. With this clinical victory, Australia came back on its track and sealed the fifth game also with 87-run victory over Sri Lanka. Finch and team then clinched three more consecutive victories against Bangladesh, England and New Zealand respectively. In their last group-stage encounter against Proteas, the Australian squad again faced a disappointing phase as they lost by just 10 runs at Old Trafford Cricket Ground. Though the defeat hardly affected the champions as they already booked their spot in semifinals.

On the other hand, England had a mixed season this year in ICC World Cup 2019 as the English cricketers have seen many ups and downs in the ongoing tournament.  After having a great start against South Africa at ‘The Oval’ stadium, England seemed to look very much confident about their strengths but just in their second match, English cricketers lost by just 14 runs against Pakistan. Though in their third match against Bangladesh, England fought back and won the game by 106 runs. The winning-streak then continued in the fourth match also where Morgan-led squad defeated the hapless West Indies at Rose Bowl Cricket Ground stadium with an amazing eight-wicket win. In their fifth match, England won by 150 runs against Afghanistan while in the sixth game hosts again fall short by just 20 runs against Sri Lanka at Headingley cricket stadium. Their seventh game against Australia also proved unlucky for the hosts as they lost by  64 runs at Lord’s Cricket Stadium. In their last two matches against India and New Zealand, Morgan’s troops again back in form and clinched the games with successive wins.

Head-on-head records

Both Australia and England have played total eight matches against each other in World Cup fixtures so far. Out of these eight matches, Australia had won total six matches while England came out with only two victories in the biggest cricket tournament. The highest total posted by Australian cricket squad against England in World Cup clashes so far is 342 runs whereas the highest score posted by England against Aussies is 247 runs so far. As per their One Day International records, both the teams have faced each other total 147 times out of which Australia clinched 81 matches while England had won only 61 and rest of the five matches got no results.

Weather Forecast

Weather played the spoilsport in the very first semi-final battle between India and New Zealand and now when it comes to the second semi-final round between Australia and England bad weather conditions are again going to be the biggest obstacle. There are certain chances of heavy raining at Edgbaston on Thursday due to which the play between both the Australians and England squad could be interrupted.

Live Coverage 

The much-awaited semifinal battle of ICC World Cup 2019 between the defending champions Australia and the hosts of the season England will get started from 3 pm (IST)  and is going to broadcast at Star Sports Networks. The live coverage of the game between Australia and South Africa will be available on Star Sports 1 HD,  Star Sports 1 with English Commentary and on Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD with Hindi Commentary. While the online live streaming of the game will be available on Hotstar application.

Squads

Australia: Aaron Finch (Skipper), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (Wicket-Keeper), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, and Adam Zampa

England: Eoin Morgan (Skipper), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes, and Mark Wood

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