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CWC Semi-Final 2019: Australia to Face England

Australia face England in the second semi-final of the 2019 World Cup, having already got the better of England in their previous encounter.

Australia come into the semi-finals not in the best of states. They lost their final match against South Africa, which means they will not be a hundred percent confident coming into tomorrow’s match.

What’s worse is that they have lost two players to injury. Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja have both been ruled out of the tournament and have been replaced by Matthew Wade and Peter Handscomb.

This is not the most ideal situation for Justin Langer and his men, who would have liked to maintain their winning combination.

They have now been forced to change their line-up, which could alter the dynamic of the game.

In this game, we will analyse Australia’s chances with a changed squad and a renewed batting line-up.

The Opening Pair
The top order of Aaron Finch and David Warner have been in sublime form, with their recent dun with the bat the reason why Australia have come so far and scored big runs.

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Both the openers have scored 150+ runs in a single game.

Warner has scored over 600 runs and sits only behind Rohit Sharma in the highest run scorer list in this tournament.

After choosing not to participate in the recent edition of the IPL, Finch has instead worked on his batting technique and it has reaped rewards for the aggressive opener, as he has scored over 500 runs in this World Cup alone, continuing where he left off in the series against Pakistan.

These two have considerable experience batting together and were part of their 2015 World Cup winning opening duo. Warner has been in exemplary form.

The bad news for the other teams is that Warner is not even close to his explosive best. If that happens, teams are in for a surprise, as we all are aware of Warner’s hitting prowess.

Finch has had a magnificent 2019 himself and has also really evolved as a captain. Michael Vaughan has added that according to him, Finch is the best captain of the World Cup, owing largely to his understanding of the game, and his stoic mindset which is reminiscent of MS Dhoni’s 2011 World Cup triumph.

The Middle Order
The middle order is the Achilles heel of the Australian side, with injuries making the situation more worrisome than ever. Oratntly

Steve Smith will probably now bat at number three after the injury to Usman Khawaja.

This might prove to be a blessing in disguise as Steve Smith is more comfortable in the number three position and has often played out of position in this World Cup so far.

His form with the bat has not been great in the last three games, but there is no doubting his class, One need not go much farther than the 2015 World Cup semi-final against India where he scored a hundred.

Smith is a big match player, and the semi-final is as big a match as it gets. If Warner and Finch get going, Smith is the perfect player to come in next and solidify the innings.

MOHALI, INDIA – MARCH 10: Peter Handscomb of Australia celebrates scoring his century during game four of the One Day International series between India and Australia at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium on March 10, 2019 in Mohali, India. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Smith is a big match player, and the semi-final is as big a match as it gets. If Warner and Finch get going, Smith is the perfect player to come in next and solidify the innings.

Coach Justin Langer has confirmed that Peter Handscomb will play his first ever World Cup game tomorrow.

He was part of the Australian A squad who travelled to England and has scored 197 runs at a healthy average. More importantly, he played a crucial part in ensuring that Australia came back to win the series against India and whitewash Pakistan.

Langer acknowledged that Handscomb was brutally unlucky to miss out, but here is the chance. He is the perfect number four Australia need.

He is a good player of spin, and can rotate the strike. He, along with Smith, provides much needed stability to the Australian middle order, and his inclusion will certainly be useful if Australia end up chasing against England.

Alex Carey has been the revelation of the tournament so far. He has been extremely effective lower down the order and almost put his team over the line against South Africa.

alex carey cricket world cup 2019

Some have suggested that he bat higher up in the order, due to his finesse and class, and the fact that he seems so clam under pressure.

With Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis supporting him, Australia have a solid back end batting attack which can lift Australia from a sub-par 270 score to a competitive 340 odd score.

The Bowling Attack
The bowling is undoubtedly the strength of this Aussie team led by the fearful duo Mitchell Starc and Jason Benrendorff with the new ball.

Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins Cricket World Cup 2019

Both are extremely potent with not only the new ball but also with their unique knack to take wickets both during the middle overs as well as at the death.

Starc has already taken a whopping 26 wickets this World Cup, and in Behnrendorff, he has found a partner in crime.

In the previous game against England, Benhrendorff claimed five wickets as he ran through the England batting unit, Cummins has been a revelation this past year, having won the Allan Border Medal for Australian Player of the Year, and he seems to be getting better and better.

The good news for Australia is that both Cummins and Starc are among the wickets in this World Cup. Starc himself was the leading wicket taker in the 2015 WC and will be looking to maintain his record.

The remaining two bowling slots are shared between leg spinner Nathan Lyon and medium pacer Marcus Stoinis.

Lyon has been a welcome addition to the side, bringing his wealth of experience and class to the side. He bowls a miserly line and picks up wickets at the right intervals.

Stoinis and Maxwell have the duty to complete the remaining ten overs between them.

One cannot certainly write Australia off, as they are after all five time winners and the reigning champions. Our prediction is that Australia will win this match.

So who is gonna win this match? Let us know your predictions.

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