Australia vs England, 2nd Semi-Final

Australia vs England, 2nd Semi-Final, 2nd Semi-Final: The mini Ashes-rivalry is set to take place for the second time in the 2019 World Cup.

Australia vs England, 2nd Semi-Final Team News:

Probable XI: Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steve Smith, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff, Natham Lyon

Probable XI: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Jofra Archer, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid

Match Details

Australia vs England, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, 2nd Semi-final

11th July 2019, 3:00 PM IST

Edgbaston, Birmingham

Pitch Report

A fresh wicket with loads of runs is on offer this Thursday with the pitch expected to slow down as the match progresses. Unfortunately, rain is on the cards which could force the match to be shortened and provide extra help for the seamers.

Fantasy Tips and Suggestions

Wicket-keeper: Jos Buttler is the preferred wicket-keeper for this game with the Englishman looking to tee off against the Australians in the death overs. Both Alex Carey and Peter Handscomb are credible options as well which could strengthen their case as the second wicket-keeping option.

Batsmen: Joe Root and Steven Smith are must have players for this game given their reputation as two of the best in the business. One of David Warner or Aaron Finch would suffice from the Australian roster while Jonny Bairstow’s form over the past week or so makes him a worthwhile option at the top of the English batting order.

Allrounders: While Ben Stokes’ reputation as the best fast bowling allrounder in the business warranties a place in the side, Glenn Maxwell is a decent option to complement the English all-rounder in the fantasy team. Maxwell has only scored 155 runs but has scored them in just 95 balls, making him a dangerous option on Thursday.

Bowlers: With the balance of the side kept in mind, the likes of Jason Behrendorff and Liam Plunkett are picked in the side with both of them in good form as well. Behrendorff should bank on his memories of picking his only fifer against the English at Lord’s as he looks to instigate another English collapse on Thursday while two of Pat Cummins, Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes should be picked in the fantasy team.

Captain: In the 2015 semi-final, Steve Smith put in a sensational performance with the bat as he led the Australians to the final. Another such performance is in order from the former Australian captain while the likes of Ben Stokes and Joe Root are also viable alternatives for captaincy.

Fantasy Suggestion #1: Jos Buttler, Steve Smith, Aaron Finch, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Glenn Maxwell, Jason Behrendorff, Pat Cummins, Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett. Captain: Steve Smith, Vice-Captain: Ben Stokes

Fantasy Suggestion #2: Jos Buttler, Peter Handscomb, Steve Smith, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Jofra Archer, Pat Cummins and Adil Rashid. Captain: Steve Smith, Vice-Captain: Ben Stokes

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