After two washed out games, Australia’s fate in the Champions Trophy comes down to one game.
A win would almost guarantee the Aussies a spot in the next round. Whereas England have already booked themselves a place in the knockout phase of the tournament
Steve Smith’s men have had mixed performances in their first two games. They welcomed the rain against New Zealand, however, were wishing it would stay away a few days later in their match with Bangladesh.
Much of the conversation leading up to this game has been about the possible inclusion of Chris Lynn. He was not selected in either of the first two games, however showed in the iPL he is in good form. Henriques could be the man in trouble of retaining his spot
The bowling attack is likely to stay the same for the Aussies, with Starc, Hazlewood, Cummins, and Zampa performing well. Travis Head also gave some important overs in their clash against Bangladesh.
The pressure will be on the Aussie bowlers, with England’s batting lineup looking to be in some red-hot form. Two scores of above 300 have meant the hosts are looking like the team to beat in the tournament.
If it were not the old enemy, there could be thoughts of the opposition having little to play for as they have already done enough to progress. However when it comes to Australia vs. England, nothing comes easy.
Australia’s batting hasn’t really had a big opportunity to perform. Darren Lehmann will be hoping a lack of time at the crease doesn’t hurt his side. Warner, and Smith will always be key players, but Aaron Finch also has the potential to take a game away from the opposition, and has done so in England before.
If Australia can knock over England’s top order then they will put themselves in a good position. However, if their bowlers offer up what they did against New Zealand, this could be the last game of a very disappointing and anticlimactic Champions Trophy for Australia.