With sixteen group stage matches remaining in the 2019 Cricket World Cup, we will see a battle between hosts and title favourites England and five-time champions Australia.
Both teams find themselves sitting pretty within the top four of the table courtesy their consistent displays so far.
England have won four and lost two (to Pakistan and Sri Lanka) and are currently fourth in the table. Australia, on the other hand are sitting second, having lost only to India in six matches.
Both sides are playing their seventh match and will be eager to register a morale-boosting win from what should be a cracking encounter.
England (Probable XI): Jonny Bairstow, James Vince, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (WK), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.
Australia (Probable XI): David Warner, Aaron Finch (C), Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (WK), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa.
Joe Root vs Mitchell Starc
Joe Root is currently one of the best batsmen in international cricket. The technically adept man from Yorkshire has a dogged mentality about him, and is capable of carrying the host nation on his broad shoulders.
The ICC ODI Number 7 ranked batsman is the mainstay of the England lineup and hence his country anticipates consistently brilliant displays from Root in the nation’s quest to lift the World Cup for the first time in its history.
Root is a prolific batsman and has an enviable record of having amassed as much as 5724 runs from 137 matches. This comes at a phenomenal average of 52.04 and a good strike rate of 87.55.
Mitchell Starc has been wreaking havoc in this tournament and has been instrumental in Australia’s success. Aaron Finch would be relying on the New South Welshman pacer’s ability again.
With 160 wickets and an economy of 5, the left-arm quick averages a paltry 21.34 in ODI cricket. With these figures, Starc will definitely be a key factor for his team in this tournament.
This battle has the potential of being the blockbuster kind, and we feel that Root might have a slight edge on the Lord’s wicket.
Jofra Archer vs David Warner
Jofra Archer has burst into the international scene with some fiery bowling performances off late. The Barbadian pacer was in the West Indies Under-19 team, and has been rather successful in reining in the batsmen since being a part of the English framework.
He has already taken the tournament by storm with his blazing spells in this edition.
Archer has eighteen wickets already from a mere nine matches at an excellent average of 20.94. The economy rate of 4.91 is not bad, either.
David Warner has truly set England ablaze and has been vital for Australia so far, post his return to international cricket.
Warner has 4790 runs in 112 matches to his credit. He has an average of 45.19 and an excellent strike rate of 95.61 in ODI cricket.
The battle between Archer and Warner is billed to be an intriguing one.
Warner has been in red hot form so far, but so has Archer. The Australian is slightly uncomfortable against deliveries that rise quickly into the body; something totally down Archer’s alley.
Hence, we expect Archer to come up trumps in this particular contest.
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Considering the team chemistry and form of the Australians pitted against the uncertainty that clouds the Englishmen, the men in yellow are firm favourites.
But, if England are to beat Australia, Eoin Morgan’s men will have to bring their A-game at Lord’s. However, Team Cricwizz predicts that Australia would be today’s winners.
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