A journey of England and Australia in the world cup 2019 is quite interesting, England struggled to get the spot while Australia made it easily.
Australia, a very good looking side has faced defeat recently in the last league match against South Africa, which might have affected their confidence before moving to semi final against favourite England side. After return of David Warner and Steve Smith, the team looked very balanced where David is playing a tournament of his life. He is second highest run scorer in the tournament. Australia has started well against Afghanistan and West Indies in their first two matches, but when they played against India, their weakness revealed. They reunited and moved on with wins over Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, England and New Zealand immediately after this loss. They got their second defeat of the tournament in the last league match. Australia’s bowling, batting and fielding, all the departments look very promising to meet England second time in the tournament.
England has started world cup with most favorites where everyone was thinking no one can beat them in their home ground. Their batting was the strength and that’s where they always loved to chase. Winning the first match against South Africa with the high margin of 104 runs, showed England’s intention to move forward in the race of semis but in the very second match they had to taste defeat from Pakistan by 14 runs which has raised many question on the side. They had the answers of all the questions with the back to back win against Bangladesh, West Indies and Afghanistan before they faced biggest upset of the World cup 2019 by losing to Sri Lankan side. This game has opened up chances for many teams to be alive in the semi final race. With the low confidence, England lost against Australia as well by a good margin of 64 runs. Many comments started on social media and different media houses about struggling England side who were fighting to get spot in the semis that time. They came back well against India and New Zealand in the following matches to gain the confidence back and confirm their berth in the semi final.
As both the sides already played against each other in the league match, they know what needs to be improved during the big game. England got their opening pair back who have built big partnership against India and New Zealand while their bowling has improved a lot which also got a great support from fielding. Australia is struggling a bit with the injury concerns of Khawaja and Stoinis but they can not be ignored when they are defending the World Cup title and some senior players like Warner and Starc are in the form of their life.
It will be interesting to see which team handles the pressure well and England is able to take revenge of their defeat in league match to enter World Cup 2019 final at the home ground or not.