Match No. 36 of the Cricket World Cup 2023 will see England and Australia lock horns to write another chapter in the history of their rivalry. Australia would like to win this game and take another step toward the semi-finals.
Languishing at the bottom of the table, England would love to play the party poopers – there can be no bigger motivation for them to salvage some pride.
With scores of 163, 104, and 81 in his last three games, David Warner is set to score another big one.
The betting tip is...
David Warner to score 50+
After facing defeats in their first two games of the tournament, against India and South Africa, the Aussies registered four wins on the trot - against Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Netherlands, and New Zealand.
They proved that the initial couple of games were minor hiccups and they are very much in the reckoning to win the cup. Cummins & Co. would love to continue their run by handing the English another big defeat.
Along with Glenn Maxwell, who will miss the game due to a minor accident at a golf course, Australia will also miss the services of Mitch Marsh as he is scheduled to fly back home for personal reasons and miss the tournament for an indefinite period.
With Glenn Maxwell and Mitch Marsh ruled out, Marcus Stoinis and Cameron Green are likely to make their return to the Playing 11.
Predicted Lineup: Travis Head, David Warner, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Cameron Green, Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
The reigning world champions have been a pale shadow of their former self. They have won just one game in the tournament, against Bangladesh, and are now staring at their fifth straight loss.
They have hardly clicked as a unit and have left a lot to be desired in all departments. Buttler & Co. have tried all kinds of team combinations, but nothing has worked for them. Everyone from the fans and the pundits has expressed shock over the Englishmen’s performance.
However, if there’s one thing that can reignite their spark, it’s the urge to defeat their arch-rivals. With the bowling coming good against hosts India, England would want their batsmen to finally step up and do the job.
England have given a chance to every player in their 15-member squad and have done continuous chop and changes. However, the Playing 11 of the last game comparatively looked more settled than the rest.
Predicted Lineup: Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (capt/wk), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.
Considering the form both the teams are in and the head-to-head record of the last five ODIs - 4:1 in Australia’s favour, we predict a win for Australia.
They know the English are struggling and are bound to come hard at them. It’ll be interesting to see if Buttler and his team can put up a fight or make another meek surrender.