#CT17 England win toss, field first against Australia
Jun 11 2017
England with two victories have already nailed down their place in the semifinals next week.
World Cup champions Australia had to win this match to join already-qualified England in the semi-finals of a tournament featuring the world's leading eight ODI teams after no result washouts in their previous two Group A fixtures. England on Saturday knocked out the rival by 40 runs via Duckworth-Lewis method.
Asking Australia to bat after winning the toss, England pegged Steve Smith's men back with some exceptional bowling in the later stages of the innings, Adil Rashid (4/41) and Mark Wood (4/33) performing heroics to keep the Aussies down to 277/9 when they had been 239/4 in the 43rd over. Following Bangladesh's win over New Zealand, their final league game against England is a must-win. Edgbaston has been an unhappy hunting ground for England in recent times too. "So you're halfway through the battle, if that makes sense". Live streaming and TV information below.
England vs Australia is set to begin at 10.30am BST, 3pm IST, 5.30am ET, 7.30pm AEDT. Eastern Daylight Time, 2:30 a.m.
On the other hand, Australia find themselves in a must win situation after finding themselves on either side of games without a result due to rain.
"We weren't able to get that done on this occasion, unfortunately", Australia captain Steve Smith said. The rivalry between England and Australia endures and given what is at stake here, this match should be an enthralling contest.
Here are the expected teams for Saturday's ODI showdown.
Jake Ball and Adil Rashid stepped up to the plate while Liam Plunkett and Mark Wood proved a real handful for the Kiwis, even allowing for the pitch being less than ideal.
"I think once they get out in the middle, things will just click into place, and yeah, hopefully we can play well in Birmingham", added Smith of a line-up where the big-hitting Chris Lynn, fresh from his IPL exploits, could be recalled.
"Beating a side like Australia in a game where we've nothing to gain is a big step forward for us", Morgan said, "because we beat one of the better sides around the world".
With that pre-match barb thrown at England by Smith, it will be interesting to see how the hosts respond. Australia's Middle order will need to provide more substance. And this will be an interesting match, which is available in the various online portal and fans can catch the live telecast of the match on the Star Sports Network and live streaming will be available on Hotstar.
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Given the Australians' limited time in the middle, their form is hard to gauge.
Their opening match at the MCG was a 111-run Valentine's Day mauling by Michael Clarke's side after Aarron FInch, dropped on 0, went on to score 135, in the first step towards becoming eventual world champions.