Preview- England hold the edge against Australia in the battle of old rivals
Australia and England both have just lost one game each till now in the ICC World Cup 2019 and are sitting at the top two in the points table as of 21st June 2019. While England lost against Pakistan, Australia lost their match against India. Both the teams have looked good, but England has been firm and clinical barring that slip against Pakistan.
Since Australia and England share such a rich rivalry, their World Cup 2019 game at Lord’s would be much anticipated by fans. England will be holding the clear edge in this one – they are in stunning form, are playing at home and have beaten Australia five times in the last 5 ODIs between the two sides.
England’s batting unit has been the best in the tournament so far with Joe Root (367 runs in 5 innings), Eoin Morgan (249 runs in 4 innings), Jos Buttler (187 runs in 4 innings) and Jonny Barstow (218 runs in 5 innings) being in terrific form. The injury to opener Jason Roy, right after his 153 against Bangladesh, has hurt England. But their batting unit is still solid to take on Australia.
England’s bowling has been decent, with Joffra Archer (12 wickets in 5 innings) being the shining light followed by Mark Wood (9 wickets in 4 innings). The others would have to be much better against an Australian batting side that is peaking.
Australia’s batting too is finding a great form with David Warner (447 runs in 6 innings) becoming the leading scorer of the tournament. His opening partner and captain Aaron Finch (396 runs in 6 innings) has been terrific too, and the duo would like to assert themselves early against England. The others who can make an impact in this great batting lineup are Steve Smith and Glen Maxwell, who is fresh off a rampant 10-ball 32 against Bangladesh. Usman Khawaja too made a crisp 89 in Australia’s last game against Bangladesh and would be eager to continue his form.
Australia’s bowling hasn’t been excellent and ended up conceding 333 runs against Bangladesh recently. Mitchell Starc (15 wickets in 6 innings) and Pat Cummins (11 wickets in 6 innings) would have to do the majority of the bulk work against England too. The others like Nathan Coulter-Nile and Kane Richardson have been expensive, and England might attack them.
Pitch Conditions and England vs Australia Prediction:
The pitch at Lord’s generally is good for batting and has something in it for the bowlers too. This will be the second game of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 to be played here, and one can expect a full house given the buzz around the game.
The team batting first should get close to 300 at least given the batting might of both the teams. Anything above that can also be expected if the pitch becomes flat in the middle stages. While Australia is peaking at the right time, they still have a few issues to sort out. England, meanwhile, looks very strong from all sides and should be winning this game. However, one can expect a close contest as both the teams would be fighting it out till the very end.