ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2019
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Australia – Justin Langer made the intriguing move of confirming Peter Handscomb will “definitely play”, just as it looked like he was going to play it cute. That will see him as a direct replacement for Khawaja. There is also a suggestion Wade could get a go, perhaps at number three, at the expense of Glenn Maxwell, who has not fired with the bat. Finch backed his mate and spoke of him in glowing terms, particular his value with ball and in the field. It seems there may be further discussions into the evening around that particular selection. But otherwise, lefties and all, they are set.
Hello and welcome to the live blog of the second ICC Cricket World Cup semifinal between England and Australia. It’s England’s promise vs Australia’s pedigree in tussle for one final spot. Australia know what it takes to win a World Cup. England have revamped the way they just for this moment. It’s time for them to walk the talk. All that chatter about No. 1 in ODIs won’t be of any use if they don’t win the World Cup.
Head-to-head records don’t tend to matter at the business ends of competitions like these, which is annoying for the hosts because they’ve had the best of the recent exchanges coming into 2019. For what it’s worth, Australia have not won an ODI here since 1993 and their last Test victory was back in 2001.
The pitch is fresh, almost dead-centre. The outfield freshly mowed and light under the toes. New Zealand-India was the low-scoring thriller and expect this match to be the fast-scoring semi. The pitch has been able to breathe over the last few days and been carefully manicured by the local ground staff, under the watchful eye of the ICC. “It looks like a good wicket,” said Finch. What grass was on it on Wednesday morning was expected to be shaved. Nevertheless, Edgbaston does good cricket wickets. The toss, though still a big deal, may not be as brutal a factor.