Australia bat first in opposition to England

Australian captain Aaron Finch received the toss and elected to bat as his facet squares off in opposition to England within the second semifinal at Edgbaston on Thursday.

The previous foes battle it out in a match that may decide who will get to play New Zealand within the last on Sunday.

The defending champions have made only one change from their final outing, with Peter Handscomb changing the injured Usman Khawaja, with Steve Smith shifting up the order to a few, whereas England are unchanged.

The hosts skipper, Eoin Morgan was not perturbed at dropping the toss, saying his facet didn’t thoughts chasing.

“We’re not likely bothered, earlier than the World Cup we most popular to chase, so whoever performs the very best cricket will undergo,” Morgan stated on the toss.

Eoin Morgan

An England win means a model new champion will likely be topped when the competitors concludes on Sunday, as neither the hosts nor New Zealand – who stunned India to make the last two – have ever lifted the game’s most prestigious trophy.

For Australia, it’s an opportunity for them to reassert their dominance within the Cricket World Cup and transfer a step nearer in the direction of claiming the massive prize an unprecedented sixth time.

In line with coach Justin Langer, the Aussies know defending their title is not going to come simple, particularly with a hurdle as massive because the host nation.

 “I’ve maintained it from day one, England are going to be actually arduous to beat on this event. No matter what occurs, they are often very pleased with what they’ve achieved up to now 4 years. They’ve been the benchmark facet,” he stated within the lead-up to the semifinal.

Justin Langer

The Aussies will likely be determined to bounce again from the frustration of their final round-robin encounter, after they misplaced to South Africa at Previous Trafford on Saturday.

For England, there are not any points with regaining successful momentum, following the 2 wins on the bounce.

The host nation bounced again from a defeat in opposition to the exact same Aussies to beat India and New Zealand, and persevering with in that vein will likely be essential at this juncture.

Australia vs England groups

Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), David Warner, Steve Smith, Peter Handscombe, Marcus Stionis, Glen Maxwell, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon.

England: Johnny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Joss Buttler, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wooden. Protection Status