World Cup hosts England will be looking for a quick response to their shock loss against Sri Lanka when they take on Australia at Lord’s on Tuesday.
Having broken all sorts of records in the thumping win over Afghanistan, England were brought back down to earth on Friday when suffering a surprise 20-run defeat to Sri Lanka.
After the earlier defeat to Pakistan, the latest setback has left Eoin Morgan‘s men fourth in the standings and a failure to get the better of Australia in London would provide the chasing pack with an opportunity to reel the hosts in.
On a positive note, that surprise loss will have given England the jolt they needed and a big improvement is expected from the joint 2/1 tournament favourites at Lord’s.
Australia are sitting second in the standings heading into the contest, having won five and lost just one of their six matches, and another victory at odds of 21/20 would see them overhaul group leaders New Zealand.
Aaron Finch’s men smashed 381 to beat Bangladesh by 48 runs last time out, extending their winning run to three games, and they will be relishing the opportunity to dent the hosts’ chances of qualifying for the semi-finals.
Morgan lit up the World Cup with a sensational 148 against Afghanistan, hammering 17 sixes to break the record for the number of sixes scored in a one-day international.
The 32-year-old also has one half-century to his name, having scored 57 against South Africa, and he has looked in good nick throughout the tournament so far.
Having made just 21 in the Sri Lanka defeat, captain Morgan will be eager to make amends and the number four batsman looks great value to be England’s top scorer.
Finch has been in fantastic form at the top of the order for Australia and his knock of 53 against Bangladesh took his overall run tally for the World Cup to 396, making him the fourth-highest scorer of the tournament.
The 32-year-old also has a century to his name, smashing 153 against Sri Lanka, while he has scored 82, 36, 6 and 66 in his four other innings.
Overall, it looks like it will be a fascinating encounter between England and Australia but the nod has to go towards the hosts to claim the spoils at 20/29.
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