England vs Australia: Attacking batsmen vs aggressive bowlers

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    Australia finds themselves in a dire situation. Now that their match against Bangladesh is washed out, they need to win their last match to stay in Champions Trophy further rounds.

    Australia was supposed to be one of the favourites heading into the tournament. But rain on both the occasions has cost them dearly, more so in the second ODI against Bangladesh.

    After 83-1 in the 16th over chasing 182, Australia would have fancied their chances to win by a bigger margin. But now all three teams are in with an equal chance of getting through.

    This should get Australia fretting over their next match against spectacular England side. But Australia has lot of positives to take from the match against Bangladesh.

    Firstly they restricted a side which scored 305 in its last game to 181, thanks largely to 95 from Tamim Iqbal, even he was given a lifeline and few shots were very streaky.

    Pat Cummins who had a pretty ordinary match against New Zealand impressed this match with his pace, which racked up to 152kph.

    It was disciplined display from young quickie after scattering display from his previous encounter.

    The last time when England faced Australia, Pat Cummins was a man of the series with 12 wickets in five matches at 19. He operated at start and death, while whenever his captain called him to break the partnership he responded very positively.

    England will be wary of him.

    Mitch Starc too came back to his former self, after his fiery spell where he picked up four quick wickets including that of the well-set Iqbal to wrap up the innings to a meagre total.

    Travis Head and Adam Zampa impressed too in the outing. Zampa hasn’t been treated well by selectors but he justified the faith in captain by picking up crucial wickets yesterday.

    Head came up with miserly spell yesterday too solidify his place in starting XI next match.

    Combining that with Josh Hazlewood’s brilliant form, Starc and Cummins steaming in, and Australia’s bowling looks sorted.

    It’s Australia batting which has not been tested yet, but the experience of playing in a big match in knockouts does give Australia an edge. And when you have likes of Dave Warner, Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell and Steve Smith in your line-up, you do fancy your chances.

    All in all, we await a spectacular contest between Australia versus England. England in their backyard and owing to good batting form will be favourite – but never discount the might of the Australia in the big-match situation.

    We could be in for a surprise!

    England will play fearless and fantastic cricket but Australia could just edge them out

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    The Crowd Says (14)

    • June 7th 2017 @ 7:27pm
      Nev said | June 7th 2017 @ 7:27pm | ! Report

      It’s going to be another rain affected day

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        June 7th 2017 @ 8:10pm
        Saurabh said | June 7th 2017 @ 8:10pm | ! Report

        An Australian fan you would want Rain to stay away as much as possible

    • June 8th 2017 @ 8:55am
      Bobbo7 said | June 8th 2017 @ 8:55am | ! Report

      If it is a washout and NZ beat Bangladesh, does that mean England and NZ go through?

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        June 10th 2017 @ 3:40pm
        Saurabh said | June 10th 2017 @ 3:40pm | ! Report

        NZ are out,Ban win. Now it’s a do or die game for Australia.

        • June 10th 2017 @ 5:28pm
          Republican said | June 10th 2017 @ 5:28pm | ! Report

          …….I will be pleased either way, Oz of Bangladesh…….

    • June 8th 2017 @ 8:58am
      Bobbo7 said | June 8th 2017 @ 8:58am | ! Report

      On the game, if England turn up to play I think they will win. They bat deep.

      Australia rely heavily on the top 3 and if they fail then I can’t see them making enough runs. A steady player like George Bailey is missing.

      That said, if England see it as a dead rubber, I suspect Australia will win on effort alone.

      • June 8th 2017 @ 12:13pm
        James said | June 8th 2017 @ 12:13pm | ! Report

        England wont see it as a dead rubber, they will see it as a way to knock Australia out. Whoever wins will have tried their best to win.

    • June 8th 2017 @ 2:02pm
      Scorp said | June 8th 2017 @ 2:02pm | ! Report

      Australia bat to no.10 Englands batting is over rated, until they win a big tournament

      • June 8th 2017 @ 2:36pm
        Bobbo7 said | June 8th 2017 @ 2:36pm | ! Report

        While players like Starc and Cummins can hold a bat, Australia’s 3-6 are a bit wobbly for mine. If they get a good start they will contribute but you would not want to be 50-3.

        Especially outside of Australia. Finch is very hit and miss.Warner is steady but he can be an all or nothing player.

        Smith is a gun but after Smith no one really inspires that much confidence – there is proven no Bailey or Hussey to anchor an innings if there is a bad start.

        England are a far stronger line up. You have Smith / Root cancelling each other out and from 3-6 England are a lot more reliable

      • June 8th 2017 @ 3:00pm
        George said | June 8th 2017 @ 3:00pm | ! Report

        They have passed 300 something like 25 times since the last World Cup.

        • June 8th 2017 @ 7:44pm
          James said | June 8th 2017 @ 7:44pm | ! Report

          Which could be commendable but as you havnt also said how many times they havnt and we dont know how good the opposition was and how many of those games were played in England its almost useless information.

      • June 10th 2017 @ 5:30pm
        Republican said | June 10th 2017 @ 5:30pm | ! Report

        ……..Mother Albion know the conditions and have the cattle to take full advantage of these.
        I also reckon confidence will play a major role in the outcome of this game where England are feeling positive, especially laying at home, while we are underdone and not at all confident at this stage of the tournament. England will be psychologically in command, so I expect them to win in a canter………

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      June 10th 2017 @ 11:49pm
      Saurabh said | June 10th 2017 @ 11:49pm | ! Report

      Tough luck Jason Roy!! When tings don’t go your way, it all seems to go downhill.One gem of a guy, deserves to be backed, but given the occasion of CT semis will he?If India happens to face England ,Roy & England will fancy it’s chances.

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