England to Takedown Australia in Second World Cup Semi Final 2019
The unfortunate departure from England’s first round in the ICC World Cup 2015 edition prompted a complete rethink of its one-day approach to the internationals for a team that had long placed the success of the Trial above all others Considerations.
Australian coach Trevor Bayliss recruited with the aim of guiding his bid for a first World Cup title although Australia has already 5 titles to his name.
The transformation has been impressive, with England rising to number one in the ODI ranking under Eoin Morgan’s shrewd captaincy. His rise to the summit has been based on the score of the dynamic runs, with best opening pair of Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow at the helm. But the stakes for host England are higher than simply winning a match that would see them in a final against New Zealand on Lord’s Sunday.
It would be the first time since 2005 that a major home match of the Men of England would emerge behind a paywall of UK television, where cricket would have the opportunity to reconnect with a “lost” audience in their place of Birth. Australia, however, has never lost any of its previous seven World Cup semi-finals, although 20 years ago it drew with South Africa at Edgbaston before advancing to the final with a higher net run rate.
They had a psychological coup in the group stage when they defeated Ashes and competed with England for 64 runs in Lord’s last month. The superb left arm bowlers of Australia, Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc, shared nine wickets between them in a match where Australian captain Aaron Finch scored 100-runs after surviving a test opening for the fast-paced players of England.
However, Roy had disappeared with a torn hamstring and, since his return, England has won crucial victories over India and New Zealand that took them to the semi-finals.