AUS vs ENG: Three player battles to decide second finalist of ICC World Cup 2019

By Chaitanya Laxman

The traditional rivals England and Australia lock horns against each other to decide the second finalist of the ICC World Cup 2019. Both sides are balanced and are loaded with match-winners.

However, the key to this game lies in the outcome of crucial match-ups between star players from both the teams. Here we take a look at the top three player battles that will decide the fate of this contest.

#3. Adil Rashid versus Steve Smith:

Steve Smith has scored a few solid innings in this World  Cup but hasn’t mad a big knock. However he is a big occasion player and will be itching to make a mark in the semi-finals.

But for that he will have to counter Adil Rashid who has troubled him in the past. Rashid’s leg-breaks have tied up Smith in the recent games and have even resulted in his downfall.

Can the England spinner continue his dominance over Smith?

Rashid versus Smith:

Balls bowled: 106

Runs scored: 80

Batting strike rate: 75.47

Total dismissals: 6

#2. Mark Wood versus David Warner:

David Warner has been unstoppable in this World Cup. He has negated all types of bowling attacks with ease and has stood solid at the crease. And hence England will want to see Warner’s back early in the innings and for this task they have the ideal candidate in the form of Mark Wood.

Wood is in prime form and bowls a probing line but more importantly he has enjoyed success against Warner in the past. However in this World Cup, Warner has curbed his aggression and  has batted with patience and this makes Wood’s challenge difficult.

Wood versus Woakes:

Balls bowled: 45

Runs scored: 55

Batting strike rate: 122.2

Total dismissals: 2

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#1. Starc versus Roy:

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This will be fun. An aggressive bowler versus an aggressive batsman. No holding back.

Jason Roy loves to dominate bowlers and goes for his shots from the beginning. On the other hand, Starc attacks the stumps and is always looking to take wickets.

This entertaining contest will set-up the game and can also be the highlight of the day.

Starc versus Roy:

Balls bowled: 118

Runs scored: 137

Batting strike rate: 116.1

Total dismissals: 4

Chaitanya Laxman