The game that everyone has been waiting for in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup is upon us! England will face off against Australia this Tuesday night as one of the best rivalries in all of cricket gets another mammoth instalment!
We take a look at the game in full and give our betting tips below!
Tuesday 7.30pm (AEST) Lord’s
England currently sit in fourth place on the round robin table with a 4-2 record through their opening six games. They suffered a surprising defeat to Sri Lanka in their last game by just 20 runs to slide a few spots down the table. Bowling first, England restricted their opponents to just 232 off their 50 overs, a total they would have felt they were a certainty to chase down.
England went on to lose their two openers for just 14 combined runs and lost steady wickets throughout the innings to be all out for just 212. Joe Root was impressive once again with 57 off 89 while Ben Stokes scored 82 off 89 to give England a slight chance.
Root has been the lynchpin for the English batting line-up throughout their first six games but has really struggled against the Australian bowling line-up in the past. His ODI career average of 52.03 drops to just 27.85 in 23 ODI matches against Australia and he has made just two fifties in his last nine games against the Aussies.
Australia will have had a full four days off come game time since their last clash against Bangladesh on Thursday night. The Aussie batting line-up was on song in the win as the opening partnership of Aaron Finch and David Warner notched up yet another 100 run partnership. Warner went on to score a massive 166 off just 147 balls including 14 fours and 5 sixes while Usman Khawaja was also fantastic with 89 off 72.
With the resurgence of Khawaja, it’s hard to falter any of the batsmen in the Australian top five at the moment. Steve Smith has been arguably the best of the bunch with consistent scores throughout the tournament, Glen Maxwell has chipped in with valuable cameos late in the innings while both Aaron Finch and David Warner have both scored hundreds.
Mitch Starc continues to be the dominant force in the Australian bowling line-up and currently leads the tournament in total wickets with 15, alongside Mohammad Amir and Jofra Archer. However, its Pat Cummins who we think could have a real impact on this game, particularly against the top three of England. Johnny Bairstow, James Vince and Joe Root have all had real trouble with raw pace attacking the pads in the past, something that Cummins does better than anyone in the world.
What a tough game to call. Even at the best of times an ODI between these two great rivals can toss up a weird result, but current form of the squads should make the contest even more close. England came into the tournament as hot favourites and while they have been dominant for the most part, they have also shown their vulnerability at stages. On the other hand, Australia has barely put a foot wrong, although they are yet to play some of the better teams (on paper) in the competition in the likes of England, New Zealand and South Africa.
Australia were thoroughly outplayed when they came up against the might of India earlier in the tournament as their bowling attack failed to fire. England have a batting line-up capable of doing similar damage if they can build confidence. The match will be just the second played at the famous Lord’s Cricket Ground this tournament, the first of which resulted in a Pakistan win over South Africa in a game that favoured the quick bowlers.
If the pitch favours the paceman again, we have to give the slight advantage to the Australian’s. Starc is arguably the best paceman in the world at the moment and Cummins has given the English real troubles in the past. The Aussies also won’t be too concerned by Jofra Archer, who they have seen plenty of in the Big Bash over the last few seasons.
Back the value here and take the Aussies to win and put the English media into that inevitable state of frenzy entering the business end of the tournament.
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