The iconic ‘Ashes’ rivalry will once again make the headlines in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy 2017 as hosts England square off against perennial rivals Australia in the final game of Group A at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
Two-time winners Australia find themselves in an unfamiliar territory after both of their first two matches were washed out due to rain, thereby making this encounter a knock-out for the Kangaroos. Another washout might complicate the things for Steven Smith’s men as they have to keep an eye on the other match between New Zealand and Bangladesh. Hence, a full match is the primary necessity for the Aussies, who are desperately in search of a win.
After a mediocre show against New Zealand, Australian bowlers were back on song against Bangladesh, but the batsmen are yet to have a proper outing in the middle. The middle order comprising of Head, Maxwell and Wade are yet to face any match balls, something which will surely worry Smith going into this crunch game. In the batting department, Smith and Warner looked at complete ease against the ‘Tigers’ before rain at the worst time possible robbed them of a win.
Erstwhile, with an all-win record England have already qualified for the semi-finals. While a win in this match will guarantee a top spot, a loss may see them finish at the second rung. The hosts have been the most impressive and balanced side so far in the competition, with substantial contributions coming from all three departments. Jason Roy’s string of poor scores is the only cause of concern in an otherwise strong English batting display, who have racked up eleven 300+ totals in their past 13 matches while batting first. Nevertheless, Morgan & Co. would eye nothing less than a win which will boost their confidence ahead of the semis.
On that backdrop, we take a look at the probable XI from England-Australia match:
|Jason Roy||David Warner|
|Alex Hales||Aaron Finch|
|Joe Root||Steven Smith (C)|
|Eoin Morgan (C)||Moises Henriques|
|Ben Stokes||Glenn Maxwell|
|Jos Buttler (Wk)||Travis Head|
|Moeen Ali||Mathew Wade (Wk)|
|Adil Rashid||Mitchell Starc|
|Liam Plunkett||Pat Cummins|
|Mark Wood||Adam Zampa|
|Jake Ball||Josh Hazlewood|