Chance for England to eliminate their Ashes rival - Match Preview
10th Match, Group A - England v Australia
10th June, 10:30 local, 09:30 GMT, Edgbaston
The Ashes might be due to begin later this year but the rivalry between both England and Australia is set to resume in Birmingham on Saturday when they meet each other in the 10th game of the ICC Champions Trophy.
England are the only team to have confirmed their semi-final spot with wins over Bangladesh and New Zealand. A lot of credit should go to skipper Eoin Morgan and director of cricket Andrew Streauss for instilling the belief in a young squad after a World Cup debacle in 2015 where they were knocked out in the first round. However, since then, they went on to reach the final of the T20 World Cup where they lost to the eventual winners West Indies and now a confirmed place in the top four of the tournament.You can follow all the action at our Live Cricket Scores section and if you want a flutter, bet in play with a great offer from Bet Bright
On the other hand, Australia find themselves in a must win situation after finding themselves on either side of games without a result due to rain. In the game against New Zealand, Steven Smith admitted that they got lucky after they were restricted to 51 for three in a chase of 292 while in the game against Bangadesh, the World Champions were unfortunate as they fell four overs short for the game to have a result.
The equation is straightforward for Smith's men as they need a win on Saturday to make it to the semi-final. A loss or a tie or a no result will mean, Bangladesh will go through to the next round along with England.
Head to Head Record:
In the 136 games played between the two countries, Australia have won 80 matches while England emerged victorious on 51 occasions. In England it has been neck to neck with the home side winning 28 and lost 30 games.
They have met each other in Champions Trophy on four times previously with both the teams winning two games apiece.
Jason Roy's position is only one place that has come under scrutiny but assistant coach Paul Farbrace came in full support of the opening batsman which means they are likely to go with the same XI.
England: 1. Jason Roy, 2. Alex Hales, 3. Joe Root, 4. Eoin Morgan (captain), 5. Ben Stokes, 6. Jos Buttler, 7. Moeen Ali, 8. Liam Plunkett, 9. Adil Rashid, 10. Jake Ball, 11. Mark Wood.
Smith confirmed that hard-hitting Chris Lynn is in contention for Saturday's game.
Australia: 1. David Warner, 2. Aaron Finch, 3. Steven Smith (captain), 4. Chris Lynn, 5. Travis Head, 6. Glenn Maxwell, 7. Matthew Wade (wk), 8. Mitchell Starc, 9. Pat Cummins, 10. Adam Zampa, 11. Josh Hazlewood.
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