Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions - ICC Cricket World Cup - Australia v England 2nd semi-final - PrePlay
The second semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be played between Australia and England at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
England's recent dominance over Australia in ODIs had no effect on their group stage encounter as Australia managed a decent total of 285 on the back of a century from skipper Aaron Finch. England crumbled under scoreboard pressure and some brilliant bowling from Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc, who shared nine wickets among them, ensured that Australia strolled to an easy 64-run win.
In what comes as a big setback for Australia, Usman Khawaja has been ruled out of the World Cup due to a hamstring injury and Matthew Wade will take his place. This follows the arm injury of Shaun Marsh.
Marcus Stoinis is also not 100% fit and Mitchell Marsh has been kept on standby. This will further increase headaches for the Aussies as the absence of Stoinis will change the entire complexion of the team. They would then have to drop either of Jason Behrendorff or Nathan Lyon, both of whom have been bowling brilliantly.
The most likely scenario is that they will bring in Matthew Wade, who has been in terrific form, straight into the final XI to bat at number 4 in place of Usman Khawaja. England will play with an unchanged XI.
In a total of 148 ODIs played between the two teams, England have won 61, while Australia have won 82.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Australia- David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steven Smith, Matthew Wade, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon
England- Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Team Scores Batting first – Australia 280+, England 330+
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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