ICC Champions Trophy 2017 – England Vs Australia: England Predicted XI
Before the tournament commenced, if you were to question 10 people about which team would they place their bets on, 9 of them would have responded with England. The hosts have justified their tag of favourites in some style as, throughout the first couple of games, they have played a dominant and aggressive brand of cricket. While it was their effortless batting performance which won them the game against Bangladesh, their bowlers had a field day against the Blackcaps by successfully defending 311.
Ahead of the semi-final, Eoin Morgan’s men are bound to take on their arch-rivals Australia in the final group match. England and Australia come a long way and have a history of inflicting wounds upon each other. In the 2004 Champions Trophy semi-final, England had the better of Australia, while the Kangaroos returned the favour in 2009 at Centurion.
The likes of Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler have already spoken about the need to be ruthless against Australia and ensure that they return home; post the game. To do so, England will have to continue their run of dominance against the world champions.
The message sent by England in the previous game at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff was clear, as it resonated their prowess with the ball in home conditions. Termed mainly as a batting unit, the English seamers were absolutely perfect as they exploited the uneven nature of the surface to decimate New Zealand. Another strong performance from the seamers could mean red signs for the Australians.
Jason Roy’s form has been the biggest headache for England so far. The flamboyant opener has had underwhelming returns to his name right since the series against South Africa. In the two games so far, Roy has struggled and hasn’t looked like the usual free-flowing batsman he generally is. Despite having two extremely talented batsmen in the form of Sam Billings and Jonny Bairstow, England will persist with Roy. Skipper Morgan believes a lot in the opener’s ability and a big score against Australia would just justify that faith.
Considering the form of the English seamers, there doesn’t seem any need to make any changes. While there were questions over Jake Ball’s outings, the pacer responded in style by getting the Man of the Match against New Zealand. Mark Wood and Liam Plunkett too have been a rage for England till now.
England Predicted XI:
- J. Roy 2. A. Hales 3. J. Root 4. E. Morgan (c) 5. B. Stokes 6. M. Ali 7. J. Buttler (wk) 8. A. Rashid 9. L. Plunkett 10. J. Ball 11. M. Wood
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