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Lord’s To Have Full Attendance In The 2nd England-Pakistan ODI

Lord’s Cricket Stadium, the venue of the 2nd ODI between England and Pakistan on July 10 will have a 100 per cent crowd in attendance. England will play a home international match in front of a full-capacity crowd in Lords for the first time since September 2019 next Saturday, after the second ODI against Pakistan at the iconic cricket stadium was included in the UK government’s Event Research Programme (ERP).

Lords will host a full-capacity ODI for the first time since the 2019 World Cup final Getty Images
Lord’s will host a full-capacity ODI for the first time since the 2019 World Cup final Getty Images

Lord’s Cricket Ground Have Been Granted Permission To Operate At 100 Percent Seating Capacity

Fans have started to return to international cricket in England over the last month, with around 17,000 fans attending the first three days of the second Test against New Zealand at Edgbaston and capacities of around 20-25% elsewhere, subject to government regulations.
England vs Pakistan Photo: @ICC Photo: @ICC
England vs Pakistan Photo: @ICC Photo: @ICC
ECB announced last week that limited-overs fixtures against Sri Lanka and Pakistan would be included in the ERP as England continues to work towards the total lifting of Covid-related restrictions, scheduled for July 19, after which Warwickshire announced that they would stage the third ODI against Pakistan in front of an 80% full Edgbaston.

“We have been in consultation with Public Health England and our local Safety Advisory Group on the arrangements for the match and we are pleased to confirm that we have been granted permission to operate at 100 percent seating capacity for this match, with the implementation of a number of risk reduction measures,” read an official statement, available on the website of Lord’s Cricket Ground.

Ticket-holders over the age of 11 will be required to provide either proof of a recent negative lateral flow test, proof of full vaccination, or proof of natural immunity via a positive PCR test result taken in the last 180 days.

When in the Lord’s ground, there will be no social distancing requirements and the rule of six will not apply in the restaurants and hospitality areas. Face coverings will be required to be worn when moving around the ground (‘mask on the move’) when using bars and food outlets for example.

Birmingham’s Edgbaston Stadium Will Operate At 80 Percent Capacity In The 3rd ODI Between England And Pakistan

Earlier, Birmingham’s Edgbaston Stadium was confirmed as part of the UK Government’s Events Research Programme (ERP) and it will operate at 80 per cent capacity for the upcoming One Day International (ODI) between England and Pakistan. Taking place on July 13 (Tuesday), Edgbaston will be able to accommodate around 19,000 fans, including under 16s, in the stadium bowl and hospitality lounges as part of the research study.

Edgbaston is known for its vibrant atmosphere
Edgbaston is known for its vibrant atmosphere Photograph: Wired Photos/Shutterstock

England will host Pakistan in a six-match limited-overs series starting July 08. Pakistan will take this tour as a dress rehearsal for the T20 World Cup later this year. The Men in Green will be touring England for a limited-overs series, comprising three ODIs and as many T20Is.

Edgbaston is known for its vibrant atmosphere and will be at 70% capacity when England play New Zealand. Photograph: Wired Photos/Shutterstock
Edgbaston is known for its vibrant atmosphere and will be at 70% capacity when England play New Zealand. Photograph: Wired Photos/Shutterstock
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Edgbaston Stadium Will Operate At 80 % Capacity For 3rd ODI Between England, Pakistan

Edgbaston Stadium at Birmingham has been confirmed as part of the UK Government’s Events Research Programme (ERP) and it will operate at 80 per cent capacity for the upcoming 3rd One Day International (ODI) between England and Pakistan.

The third ODI between England and Pakistan at Edgbaston Stadium next month will be permitted an 80 percent capacity crowd, in the latest steps of a government pilot scheme geared towards the return of full stadiums in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.

England vs Pakistan Photo: @ICC Photo: @ICC
England vs Pakistan Photo: @ICC Photo: @ICC

 

 

Edgbaston Stadium Will Witness The 3rd ODI Between England And Pakistan

The ODI match, a day-night contest on July 13, is set to be held in front of a 19,000 crowd, which would make it the best-attended cricket match in the UK since the start of the pandemic. Taking place on July 13 (Tuesday), Edgbaston Stadium will be able to accommodate around 19,000 fans, including under 16s, in the stadium bowl and hospitality lounges without social distancing as part of the research study.

Stuart Cain, Chief Executive at Edgbaston, in an official release said: “It is fantastic for sport in the West Midlands that so many cricket fans will be able to enjoy another blockbuster fixture in England versus Pakistan at Edgbaston.”

COVID-19: Edgbaston to host England-Pakistan ODI with 80 percent crowd capacity
COVID-19: Edgbaston to host England-Pakistan ODI with 80 percent crowd capacity

“The recent Test match gave us a fantastic opportunity to build a new model for large-scale sporting events and I am pleased to see elements of this first trial being carried forward for the Pakistan match. Technology played a big part in this and we will again focus on using this as a way of creating a safe environment whilst enhancing Edgbaston’s reputation as one of the best atmospheres in world cricket,” he added.

All attendees for the upcoming ODI will be required to show a negative COVID Lateral Flow Test result, which is necessary for anyone aged 11 years and older, or proof of two vaccinations (first and second dose) at least 14 days before the fixture to secure entry.

England will host Pakistan in a six-match limited-overs series starting July 08. Pakistan will take this tour as a dress rehearsal for the T20 World Cup later this year. The Men in Green will be touring England for a limited-overs series, comprising three ODIs and as many T20Is.

Edgbaston Successfully Hosted The 2nd Test Match Between England And New Zealand Which The Latter Won

Earlier, Edgbaston Stadium had successfully hosted the 2nd Test match between England and New Zealand, which the latter won and accommodated around 60,000 spectators (70 percent capacity) across four days with the same spectator entry requirements.

Edgbaston Stadium : Fans returned to the Edgbaston stands for the New Zealand Test PA Images via Getty Images
Edgbaston Stadium: Fans returned to the Edgbaston stands for the New Zealand Test PA Images via Getty Images

Tom Latham led the New Zealand team to a memorable 1-0 Test series triumph in the two-match series against hosts England, in the absence of injured Kane Williamson, which was their first in the UK since 1999.

Neil Wagner and Matt Henry took three wickets each as England was bundled out for 122 in the second innings, and in the end, New Zealand won the second Test on Day Four comfortably by eight wickets at Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham. NZ reclaimed the top spot in ICC Test rankings. Later they won the ICC WTC beating India in the final.

New Zealand had a first innings lead of 85 in the 2nd Test despite several of their key members being absent or battling injury. England’s another top order failure in the 2nd innings saw them win the 2nd Test after a draw in the 1st one.

New Zealand 388 (Young 82, Conway 80, Taylor 80, Broad 4-48) and 41 for 2 (Latham 23*) beat England 303 (Lawrence 81*, Burns 81, Boult 4-85) and 122 (Wood 29, Wagner 3-18, Henry 3-36) by eight wickets

Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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Nasser Hussain Feels England Made A Tactical Blunder By Not Including Spinner Jack Leach

Nasser Hussain believes England made a tactical blunder by not including left-arm spinner Jack Leach in the playing XI for the Edgbaston Test. According to the former England skipper, since the Edgbaston pitch is a flat one, the hosts needed variety to make an impression on the New Zealand batsmen without Kane Williamson.

Responding to England’s first-innings total of 303, New Zealand ended Day 2 of the second Test at 229 for 3. It could have been worse for England had Dan Lawrence not dismissed Will Young (82) just before stumps. Earlier, opener Devon Conway, the double centurion in his debut Test-the 1st Test vs England again thwarted the English attack, making a well-made 80.

Jack Leach Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian
Jack Leach Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

Nasser Hussain Wanted A Spiner At Edgbaston And Expressed Surprise At Jack Leach’s Omission

In his column for the Daily Mail, former England skipper turned commentator Nasser Hussain wrote that England needed a frontline spinner in the second Test to compete against a strong Kiwi batting line-up.

He explained:“I did not think that at Lord’s, where there is always something in for seamers. But whenever I have come to Edgbaston I’ve always wanted a spinner because of the conditions we’ve seen in this game. So I’d have found a way to get Jack Leach in the side. If he doesn’t play here, it’s difficult to see just where he will play Test cricket.”

Nasser Hussain expressed his surprise at England’s bowling line-up, pointing out that managing director Ashley Giles (a left-arm spinner during his playing days) and spin coach Jeetan Patel should have known better. The former skipper added that part-time spinner Joe Root cannot be considered as England’s main spinner.

Nasser Hussain (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Nasser Hussain (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

He wrote: “Yes, Joe Root is a good off-spinner but it is an indictment on the slow bowling options in our country if he is now considered England’s best spin option. He is already England’s captain and best batsman, so it’s asking a lot for him to shoulder the spin load too. It’s an area of our game where we continue to struggle.”

“Perhaps England’s thinking is connected with two left-armers in the New Zealand attack, in Trent Boult and Neil Wagner, and the fact Stuart Broad is doing a lot of his bowling from round the wicket. That will create rough outside the right-hander’s off-stump for Root. But just look at the weather. It’s going to be very hot for the last three days, and it’s going to get harder for an all-seam attack.”

Devon Conway, who cemented his place in the side with 200 on debut in the series opener at Lord’s, produced another valuable, though not chance-less, innings of 80. And, while he would have been disappointed not to press on to triple figures again, a gutsy 82 from Will Young – in the side as a replacement for injured captain Kane Williamson – mitigated the damage.
Stuart Broad bowled superbly for his 2 for 22 from 15 overs, including six maidens, but he was the only England bowler to reap any reward for his considerable efforts – until Will Young’s dismissal by part-time off-spinner Dan Lawrence on the last ball of the day.

Nasser Hussain: Stuart Broad Was The Pick Of The England Pace Attack

Even though England could only claim three wickets on a tough Day 2, Nasser Hussain felt that the pacers did a reasonable job. He picked Stuart Broad (2/22) as the best of the lot. Stuart Broad went past Courtney Walsh (520) on the list of leading Test wicket-takers on Friday.

Praising England’s faster men, Nasser Hussain wrote: “That’s not to say England’s seamers didn’t bowl well — even though Olly Stone struggled to maintain control as the day went on — and there was much more swing on offer once they persuaded the umpires to change the ball. The old one was doing nothing. Broad was the pick of the attack. “

England's Stuart Broad. (Photo by Jon Super / POOL / AFP)
England’s Stuart Broad. (Photo by Jon Super / POOL / AFP)

“His new-ball spell was exceptional and he was excellent after tea when he got that changed ball. Perhaps seeing sides struggle against the Dukes’ ball in England has made us expect wickets to come much more cheaply than this. But Test cricket is tough and that’s why you need proper variety in every attack.”

Resuming the day on 258 for 7, England was all out for 303 in 101 overs. Left-arm pacer Trent Boult claimed 4 for 85 for New Zealand. The Kiwis lost Tom Latham (6) early, but the 80s from Devon Conway and Will Young gave the visitors the upper hand.

New Zealand 229 for 3 (Conway 80, Young 82, Taylor 46*, Broad 2-22) trail England 303 (Lawrence 81*, Burns 81, Boult 4-85) by 74 runs at Stumps on Day 2

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Ashes 2019: David Warner Shows Empty Trouser Pockets to Raucous Edgbaston Crowd

Steven Smith has been at the forefront to deliver of Australia with other batsmen struggling to score runs for the visitors in the ongoing Ashes series. Meanwhile, David Warner bore the brunt of unruly Edgbaston crowd alongside Cameron Bancroft as well as Smith.

The trio had made a return to the Test fold after servicing sanctions in the wake up of Cape Town ball-tampering scandal.

Meanwhile, Warner had returned to the Test fold after a prolonged gap of over 16 months. Although, Warner had failed to leave an impact with the bat.

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Earlier, the senior campaigners had made a return to the international fold during the recently-held ICC World Cup 2019. The duo had played a significant role for Australia. However, the Kangaroos had lost to hosts England in the second World Cup semi-final.

Meanwhile, Warner didn’t found it easy on the field as well. The unruly crowd had taunted him, which also saw English fans chanting, ‘He has got sandpaper in his hands”. However, the southpaw had responded to the relentless English crowd by showing his trouser pockets while wearing a smile on his face.

Warner faced the music at Edgbaston:

David Warner, Cameron Bancroft
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In response, the Birmingham crowd had laughed and applauded Warner for his generous act.

Earlier, he had also shown his hands to the boisterous English crowd who kept on booing Warner, who was stationed at the boundary ropes.

As the chants got louder, Warner further kept on accepting when he has been welcomed for.

In the ongoing first Test of the Ashes campaign, Smith is nearing tenth Ashes hundred and second consecutive ton on his comeback.

Batting first, Australia post 284 in the first innings with Smith scoring 144. In response, England scored 374 with Rory Burns slamming a maiden Ashes hundred.

Meanwhile, in second innings Smith has again shouldered the responsibility. He has played remarkable innings to keep the visitors in the hunt on a relatively pretty difficult Edgbaston surface.

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The right-handed batsman scored 144-ball unbeaten 98 with Australia 231 for four in their second innings. Thus, at lunch on day four of the Edgbaston Test, Australia are leading England by 141 in their second essay.

Here’s a video of David Warner:

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Steve Smith, Virat Kohli
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Ashes 2019: Boos Doesn’t Bother Me – Steven Smith on Raucous Edgbaston Crowd

Australian batsman Steven Smith has made a bold statement at Edgbaston during the ongoing Ashes 2019 campaign. He conceded that booing doesn’t bother him following the jeering from Edgbaston crowd on Thursday (August 1). Meanwhile, when crying masks grabbed headlines, the raucous Edgbaston crowd further made things miserable for the Aussie star.

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While playing the first Ashes Test in Birmingham, Australian trio including David Warner and Cameron Bancroft had to face booing from a section of English fans.

Smith’s redemption at Edgbaston:

Virender Sehwag, Steven Smith
Steven Smith (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

However, with Smith returning to the Test fold following the 12-month ban for the ball-tampering saga in Cape Town which took place in March 2018, Smith had backed himself to slam a fine hundred against England to win hearts once again on the cricketing field.

“It [crowd booing] doesn’t bother me to be perfectly honest, I know I’ve got the support of the guys in the room and for me that’s all that really matters,” Smith told in a press conference.

When Australia were reeling at 122 for eight, Smith had taken the onus on his shoulders. He went on to record his overall 24th Test ton apart from scoring his ninth Ashes century.

From 122 for the loss of eight wickets, Smith had registered crucial 88 and 74 run-stands for the 10th and No. 11 respectively.

Thus, with the cameos of Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon, Smith had helped Australia to reach 284.

Earlier, Australian skipper Tim Paine won the toss. However, the English bowlers had kept things tight with Stuart Broad ending up on claiming a five-wicket haul.

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The right-handed batsman had registered 144 to help Aussies following a batting collapse. Smith has been hailed as a hero for his resilient knock against the Three Lions.

Smith kisses badge post 24th hundred:

Steven Smith
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In response, Smith had responded with his bat by playing some delightful strokes which eventually reflected as if Smith hadn’t left the field for a prolonged gap.

Interestingly, we Smith played a trademark shot on the bowling of Ben Stokes, the crowd had applauded him for reaching the triple-figure mark.

“They went berserk on the balcony when I got to a hundred and just looking up at them really sent shivers down my spine. It’s been a long time coming, getting another Test hundred. And it was a huge moment and I’m lost for words. I don’t really know what to say at the moment,” Smith added.

Meanwhile, Smith had shown grit on his return. Now, many expect runs will galore from his bat in the ongoing traditional Ashes series.

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Ashes 2019: England’s Playing XI for the Edgbaston Test

On the eve of the first Ashes Test, England skipper Joe Root had revealed the Three Lions’ playing XI for the Ashes 2019 opener. The Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham will host the game between hosts England and Australia on August 1st (Thursday).

However, the part of World Cup-winning player Jofra Archer has missed out to partake in the final XI.

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Interestingly, the veteran fast bowler James Anderson had cleared the fitness test to make it to the Edgbaston Test. Anderson had already missed the One-off Test against Ireland at Lord’s. Anderson suffered a calf injury during the county leg for Lancashire.

On the other hand, a Test match old Jason Roy will open the innings with Rory Burns. Also, Joe Denly is yet to prove his credentials in the traditional format of the game. It will be interestingly to see how hosts top-order batsman would go against Australian speedsters.

Joe Root shoulders responsibility for the bigger Test:

Joe Root
Joe Root. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Root will bat at No. 3 to provide stability in the batting order.

Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler are back into the playing XI after resting for the Ireland Test. The duo had played a major role for England at the ICC World Cup 2019.

Furthermore, Jonny Bairstow will don gloves for England, who has also received backing from AB de Villiers. The Proteas veteran has put forth his prediction that Bairstow will be the top scorer during the Ashes 2019 campaign.

Also, Moeen Ali will be the lone spin-bowling all-rounder. The pace battery will be comprised of Anderson, Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad respectively. Recently, Woakes had played a remarkable role for England against Ireland. He had claimed best bowling figures of six for 17 at Lord’s Cricket Stadium in London on day three of the four-day Test.

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Despite England having home advantage, many believe it’s going to be an enticing Test series between the two arch-rivals.

Ashes 2019: Here is England’s playing XI for the Edgbaston Test:

Rory Burns, Jason Roy, Joe Root (c), Joe Denly, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson

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Justin Langer Concedes David Warner is Fit for Ashes Opener

Australian senior opening batsman, David Warner has been declared 100 per cent fit for the Ashes 2019 opener at the Edgbaston in Birmingham.

Australian head coach Justin Langer had revealed it to the media ahead of their Ashes campaign in the United Kingdom (UK). The southpaw had injured his thigh after being hit by Michael Neser.

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The medicos had attended the explosive batsman after inside-edge landed onto his thigh.

David Warner to play Ashes opener:

David Warner
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After receiving a blow on his thigh on Monday, the 32-year-old Warner made his appearance in nets inside 24 hours. It also saw Langer expressing satisfaction on seeing Warner hitting the ball well in nets.

“He got a little bruise [from being] hit on the leg yesterday, he’s a bit stiff this morning but he will be 100 per cent ready to go,” Langer said on Warner’s recovery in a press conference.

The Ashes Test will commence from Thursday (August 1) when Tim Paine-led side will take on hosts led by Joe Root.

While briefing the media, Langer reiterated that Warner is keen to partake in the series opener.

“He’s fine. He would not miss this for anything in the world, I reckon. He can’t wait. He’s that excited [for an] an Ashes Test match,” Langer added.

Since March 2018, following the ball-tampering saga at Cape Town in South Africa, Warner will don the whites for the first time after a little over a 16-month gap.

Steve Waugh as a mentor:

Ashes 2017-18, Steve Waugh, Alastair Cook, Challenge, Vaunted Pace Attack, Micthell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Australia,
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Also, Steve Waugh is in the UK. He is serving as the mentor for Australia for the traditional series. Langer further stated that Waugh is in the change room so it won’t see anyone relaxing in between. He also added that Warner will come out to bat. Besides, Langer had made a tongue-in-cheek comment that ‘Tugga’ will expel him from the change room if it does not happen in the first place.

“Steve Waugh’s in the changing room so a few little bruises every now and again…there’s no way he’s not walking out to bat. Tugga would probably kick him out the door, I reckon. He’s fine,” Langer said.

Since 2011, Warner had played 74 Tests for Australia. He had amassed 6363 runs at an average of 48.2. Also, he had managed to slam 21 tons and 29 half-centuries in the multi-day format.

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ICC World Cup 2019: England vs Australia, Edgbaston – England’s Predicted Playing XI

Hosts England will take on Australia at the Edgbaston in the much-awaited second semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2019 on Thursday (July 11). Of late, The Three Lions boasts about a brilliant record against the Aussies in the One-day Internationals. To talk about England’s predicted playing XI, skipper Eoin Morgan won’t like to tinker much with the side.

With England banking on Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow at the top, Australia will be aiming to witness David Warner going berserk in Birmingham. Meanwhile, it would be interesting how

England will go against a side which is unbeaten in the history of World Cup semis.

Here’s England’s predicted playing XI for the semi-final against Australia:

Jason Roy:

Jason Roy, England, ICC World Cup 2019, Headingley
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Since Jason Roy has made a comeback, England line-up has looked more threatening, to say the least.

Roy is an explosive batsman, who on his day could decimate any high-quality bowling attack. Following a brilliant start in the final league stage game, he would be itching to make it count in the semis.

Jonny Bairstow:

Jonny Bairstow
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Jonny Bairstow has been exceptional with the bat in hand. The quick learner of the game, Bairstow has slammed a fine ton in the previous match against New Zealand.

Equally, he would like to come good in a pulsating contest between bat and ball in Edgbaston.

Joe Root:

Joe Root
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The backbone of English batting line-up Joe Root might not have a good record against Australia, but he is altogether a player to watch out for in the crucial game.

Root has the onus on his shoulders to deliver in the middle overs.

Jos Buttler:

Jos Buttler
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Jos Buttler is a pure entertainer of the white-ball cricket. Buttler had shown what he could do in the middle overs.

Known for his power-hitting, Buttler is equally good at rotating the strike which playing an imperative role in the top-flight cricket.

Eoin Morgan:

Eoin Morgan
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The southpaw in the form of skipper Eoin Morgan needs to show more promise early on. Morgan, who had played some courageous knocks in the ongoing tourney.

Morgan has a major task on his shoulders.

Ben Stokes:

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The prominent all-rounder Ben Stokes had played a couple of brilliant innings at the fag end of the innings. Overall, Stokes would be crucial with the ball as well in Birmingham.

Stokes could turn game on his head.

Chris Woakes:

Chris Woakes
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Chris Woakes is crucial for England with the new ball. He has ten scalps to his name. Also, Woakes ability to strike at the lower order adds much to the Three Lions.

Woakes has a major role to play with the ball.

Liam Plunkett:

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Liam Plunkett has featured in five matches, and he has done an exceptional job by bagging eight wickets. Plunkett’s ability to roll hands on the ball has given a tough time to the batters.

Also, he is handy with the bat as well.

Adil Rashid:

Adil Rashid
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The prominent English leg-spinner Adil Rashid had a mixed run in the tournament so far. Rashid had snared eight wickets in nine matches.

Also, the Edgbaston wicket will assist the spinners given to the nature of the surface.

Jofra Archer:

Jofra Archer
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The speedster Jofra Archer is the leading wicket-taker for England. Archer, who clocks at 90 miles, has bagged 17 scalps in nine matches.

He is known for using slower ones well. Thus, he would be crucial against Australia.

Mark Wood:

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The exciting speedster Mark Wood has been in remarkable form. He has 16 wickets under his belt. Also, in the league stage fixtures, Wood had stemmed the run flow apart from picking wickets at regular intervals.

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ICC World Cup 2019: Graeme Swann Lashes Out at Nathan Lyon

In the second semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2019, hosts England are set to face Australia on Thursday (July 11). The two top-notch teams have already lined-up some prominent faces in the set-up. While speaking ahead of the game, former English off-spinner Graeme Swann has further lambasted Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon for his recent comments.

Recently, the senior Australia spinner Lyon maintained Australia will make it to the final of the World Cup by beating England in the semis.

Lyon remarked that Australia has ‘nothing to lose’.

“They have been the No. 1 team for a couple of years now. They should be going into this World Cup as favourites. It’s all on them. It’s their World Cup to lose if you ask me. We have got nothing to lose, only got stuff to gain. That’s the exciting thing about it,” Lyon had said earlier.

Earlier, in the league stage fixture, Australia had thrashed the Three Lions by 64 runs. Thus, they finished as the second-best team after India in the league fixtures of the World Cup.

Also, former England cricketer Swann believes England as a team has done a good job despite losing three matches in league fixtures.

Meanwhile, Kangaroos would want to replicate their show in the semis against England. Earlier, Joe Root maintained that England will be firm for the all-important clash as they Lyon’s comments won’t be a distraction.

Meanwhile, apart from the verbal battle, Australia had faced a heat due to the injuries to their crucial players ahead of the semis.

However, with David Warner going all guns blazing, Mitchell Starc, on the other hand, is breathing fire. Aaron Finch is somewhat in good stead before they will battle it out in Birmingham.

On the other side, England has done a terrific job by making good use of their players. Until last month, England were the No. 1 ODI ranked team before India replaced them following a magnificent run at the ODI showpiece.

It’s the most blatant panic call from Nathan Lyon: Graeme Swann

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While echoing the comments of Root, Swann maintained it’s nothing, but it is visible that Australia is under pressure.

“Nathan Lyon has said England are the team ‘under pressure’ going into this one. And that his side will relish their underdog status. Come off it, Nathan. I’m no psychologist but I think that’s the most blatant panic call I’ve ever heard. ‘Nathan is prone to this kind of bluster so pay no attention. When a player says the pressure is on the opposition, it’s a sure sign their own team are feeling the pressure,” Swann told Betfair.

Swann admitted the fact that England had done exceedingly well apart from the occasional failures in the league stage fixtures.

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ICC World Cup 2019: Australia vs England, Edgbaston – Australia’s Predicted Playing XI

Australia is set to face hosts England in the second semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2019, at the Edgbaston in Birmingham on Thursday (July 11). Despite being marred by injuries, Australia had some quality players waiting in the wings with Matthew Wade and Mitchell Marsh already being called up as a cover.

So far, Australia is yet to lose a semi-final in the ODI showpiece. It’s going to be an enticing clash in a couple of days time.

Here’s Australia’s predicted XI for the second semi-final against England:

David Warner:

David Warner
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David Warner has been in incredible form. He has amassed 638 runs in nine matches at an average of 79.75.

The southpaw would be crucial for Aussies in the semi-final clash at Edgbaston. He would be eyeing for a rollicking start.

Aaron Finch:

Aaron Finch
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Aaron Finch has led from the front. He has scored the bulk of the runs for his team. Finch has backed his team by scoring at the brisk pace.

In nine innings Finch has slammed 507 runs at an average of 56.33.

Steven Smith:

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Steven Smith has a mixed show at the World Cup. The backbone of Australian batting line-up Smith has 294 runs to his name in nine matches.

All in all, the right-handed batsman is a big match player.

Matthew Wade:

Matthew Wade
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The Hobart-born 31-year-old left-handed batsman, Matthew Wade, has enough experience on his back. In 94 ODIs, Wade has 1777 runs to his name. He also has ten half-centuries and a ton to his name.

Wade is known for his establishing role in the middle overs.

Glenn Maxwell:

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So far, Glenn Maxwell had a below average tournament. He has 155 runs to his name in nine innings.

However, given his ability to change the complexion of the game, Maxwell altogether becomes a threat in such crunch moments of the game.

Alex Carey:

Alex Carey
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Alex Carey has been exceptional with his knock, in the previous game, he has played fighting innings to keep Australia afloat in the high-scoring game.

Carey is also known for changing his gears, and he has been handy at the fag end of innings,

Mitchell Marsh:

The 27-year-old all-rounder Mitchell Marsh could get a straightaway game. With his average reading 35.7 in 53 ODIs, Marsh is known for going after the bowlers, as well.

The right-handed batsman Marsh is capable of stitching partnerships in the middle overs.

Pat Cummins:

Pat Cummins, India vs Australia 2019, ICC World Cup 2019
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Speedster Pat Cummins had done significantly well for his team. Cummins, who not only stemmed the run flow in the middle overs, further went on to pick wickets at the regular intervals. He has 13 wickets to his name.

Mitchell Starc:

Mitchell Starc
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Mitchell Starc is in some red-hot form. The only game he went wicketless came against India. The left-arm paceman has bagged two five-wicket hauls and as many four-wicket hauls.

Starc is the leading wicket-taker of the competition with 26 scalps under his belt.

Jason Behrendorff:

Jason Behrendorff
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The promising youngster Jason Behrendorff has featured in four matches. He has nine wickets to his name.

Behrendorff would be crucial for Australia in the initial overs.

Nathan Lyon:

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The premium off-spinner Nathan Lyon has three wickets under his name in as many games. Lyon has a wealth of experience. He could give a tough time to the Three Lions.

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