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Defending champion Australia will face England in the second semi-final of ICC World Cup 2019. India prepares to face New Zealand in the first World Cup 2019 semi-finals.

AFP Sport takes a look at five players to see in the last three remaining games of world cup 2019 final.

Players-to-watch-semi-finals-cricmela

Tough Warner

David Warner has returned even stronger after a ban on manipulating the ball and has not been affected by the hostile reception he has received from British crowds along with his partner Steve Smith.

Warner scored an efficient 89, not in his first international outing after his one-year suspension to lead Australia to an inaugural World Cup victory against Afghanistan.

That was just the pitching pad for the prolific scorers in the left-handed starter’s league-stage home match when he hit three hundred, including dominant 166-runs against Bangladesh.

Warner, further driven by the birth of his third child in London, will be a feared man in the eighth round, with his ability to take the game away from opponents in the blink of an eye.

Lethal Starc

Mitchell Starc has hit opposition hitters with speed and precision, taking 26 wickets in nine league games to lead the record of bowlers by a certain distance.

Compared to the great bowler Wasim Akram in Pakistan, the left arm quickly returned figures 5-26 in his team’s loss in New Zealand.

His insatiable Yorker who defeated England’s batsman Ben Stokes left many stunned, and fans called him the “tournament ball of ICC World Cup 2019.”

Former England captain Graham Gooch calls him as a match-winning bowler after his 4-wickets in the win against its rivals England. After beating England in that game Australia confirms its place in the semi-finals.

Mastermind Williamson

New Zealand Skipper Kane Williamson has led from the front and hit two hundred for the 2015 World Cup finalists. Williamson’s old-school batting style and elegant style make him stand out in an era of big muscle punches.

The captain, who averages more than 47 in 147 international matches in a day, achieved his highest score in ODI history of 148 against the West Indies and was rated “genius” by former England captain Michael Vaughan.

Williamson has the difficult task of lifting the Black Caps after three consecutive losses but has the guts and ability to make a difference.

Aggressive Bairstow

“He likes a little fire in his belly” is how England captain Eoin Morgan described Jonny Bairstow after the first match crashed into a crucial match of the century against India at Edgbaston.

Former captain Michael Vaughan had dug into Bairstow on social media after the batter said people were expecting England to fail at the World Cup after his stumbles.

But Bairstow channeled his anger to spectacular effect, adding another ton against New Zealand as England certainly did so.

He looked like a man on a mission when he tamed New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult and Tim Southee, and Australia won’t feel comfortable until he’s out of the way.

Enthused Sharma

Rohit Sharma has managed to excel even in an Indian batting order that features Captain Virat Kohli as the undisputed alpha male.

The opening batsman has struck five centuries at the World Cup to propel his team’s campaign for its third title.

Sharma, whose hitting range is combined with his capability to score quickly makes him so dangerous layer, top at the World Cup top scorer so far with 647 runs from eight league games in a surprising average of more than 92.

Sharma, the only batsmen who have marked three international double centuries in one day international, is a man on a mission and will take some stops.

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