Title contenders England are expected to face a tough challenge for the first time in the tournament when they take the field against arch-rivals Australia in a Group I match of the Super 12 stage in the ongoing T20 World Cup on Saturday.
Both the teams will reach this match with two wins each, in such a situation it will also be a contest to establish dominance in this considered difficult group. Australia had to struggle against South Africa in the opening World Cup match but the team registered an impressive win over Sri Lanka on Thursday.
The most positive thing for him in the match against Sri Lanka was that the long-struggling opener duo of captain Aaron Finch and David Warner have returned to the rhythm. Warner, who played a key role in winning the team with an aggressive half-century, also admitted that the match against England will be tough.
“Obviously they (England) are a team that is good in every department,” he said at the press conference of the match against Sri Lanka. His batting line-up is long and he has many options in bowling. England’s confidence has also increased a lot. ”
For Australia, leg-spinner Adam Zampa with the fast bowling trio of Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins has so far lived up to the expectations. Sri Lanka had a good start against this team but Zampa took two wickets in the middle overs to turn the game around. The only cause for concern for them in this department will be the bowling performance of Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis, who conceded 51 runs in four overs on Thursday.
On the other hand, England team will reach this match with big wins over West Indies and Bangladesh. The team did not have to sweat much in both these matches. However, he is likely to face a very tough challenge from Australia. Off-spinner Moeen Ali, who opened the bowling in both these matches, has been impressive and has four wickets to his name in the tournament.
Tymal Mills has impressed in the pace bowling and has been brilliant in the final overs. Leg-spinner Adil Rashid could not bowl well against Bangladesh but is expected to trouble Australia’s batsmen on Saturday.
After the match against Sri Lanka, Warner said that there was not much dew in the second innings but so far most teams have preferred to chase down the target in the tournament.
England: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Karen, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, David Malan, Tymal Mills, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins (vc), Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa .
The match will start at 7.30 pm Indian time.