World Cup 2019: Australia vs England semi-final – which is the favourite team?
New Delhi : Australia will be facing England in the second semi-final game of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on Thursday at Edgbaston, Birmingham.
England have been in top form since last two games by beating India and New Zealand in the league matches, qualifying for the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time after 1992.
Talking about the league match, Australia had defeated England by 64 runs. In that game, Aaron Finch scored a century and Jason Behrendorff led from the front, picking up a five-wicket haul as England's batting order crumbled against Australia's bowling unit.
Another positive about the Australian team is that they have immense experience of playing the semi-final games as compared to England. The defending champions and five-time World Cup winners will know exactly how to tackle the pressure of a knockout game while England could be troubled by the weight of expectations from their home fans.
In another addition, the Australian openers are in top form. David Warner is also second in the table of leading run-scorers of the World Cup, just behind Rohit Sharma. Warner has 638 runs from nine matches at an average of 79.75 while Aaron Finch has also looked solid at the top with 507 runs, averaging 56.33.
Apart from batting, Australian bowler Mitchell Starc has also impressed with his wicket taking skills. While Starc has gone about his demolition job, he has received support from the likes of Jason Behrendorff, Pat Cummins and in the spin department, Nathan Lyon.
Talking about England, the host side has some issues in their middle order which has failed many times to convert good start into big scores.
Also, the teams that have batted first, have won most of the matches in this tournament and one could expect the team winning the toss to bat first.
In recent times, the England bowling unit has leaked runs while bowling first and if the Australian batsmen do hit their straps early on, the home fans could be in for a disappointing show from their home side.
Australia remains the favourites for the game.