In this article, you will find analysis and tips on Australia v England, the semi-final of the Cricket World Cup.
England will play one of their biggest games of the century on Thursday when they take on Australia at Edgbaston for a place on Sunday’s Cricket World Cup final.
Australia v England Tips
Australia have managed to defeat England by 64 runs earlier in the tournament, but this shouldn’t mean too much. Since then, Eoin Morgan’s men have managed to gear up into top form. They have defeated the likes of India and New Zealand, and undoubtedly they have a chance to do so against Australia. Add to that, Aaron Finch’s Aussie side didn’t impress at the weekend when they lost to South Africa.
England in great form
The Three Lions can, of course, count on the home advantage and are going into this clash as the 3/4 favourites with BetVictor. Australia can be backed at the best price of 6/5 with all the top 5 betting sites. The Aussie will have to do without some talented players that are injured. Usman Khawaja will not be taking part due to a leg injury in the South African defeat. It would be interesting to see who is going to replace the number three batsman.
Australia will try to bounce back after the defeat against SA
England, on the other hand, seem to have found the best form right now. Jason Roy’s return to the top of the order has given more confidence to the hosts. The Surrey opener will have a difficult task though against Mitchell Starc who is miles clear at the top of the Best Bowler table. Fo this reason, we suggest avoiding the 7/2 with William Hill for Roy to top score.
Ben Stokes in shining form
Ben Stokes has been in shining form with the bat in this World Cup. If England will lose some early wickets, he can surely help them to reach 300. He looks valuable at 10/1 with bet365 to top score for England.
England need to watch out Steve Smith
Australia’s results at this World Cup have been delivered mostly thanks to the opening partnerships between David Warner and Finch. The pair have both managed to hit more than 500 runs in the tournament. You can get them at 3/1 with bet365 to top score. In our opinion, however, it is Steve Smith that can cause trouble to England’s side. He is at 7/2 with 888Sport and considering he has done well with 38 off 34 balls in the last clash between those two teams, he is worth a shot.
Starc has been outstanding as standout bowler at this England’s World Cup with a total of 26 wickets. He surely can continue to impress and it is a top option to be Top Australia Bowler at 9/4 with BetVictor. For England, we have picked Jofra Archet which has scored 17 wickets to be England’s top bowler at 11/4 with William Hill.
Stokes to make Birmingham and the whole country dream
Stokes is undoubtedly a player capable of rising to the big occasion. He is not only impressive with the bat but has the talent to bag vital wickets at deciding times. He is our choice to be the Man Of The Match at 14/1 with Paddy Power and get Birmingham and the whole country dreaming in this titanic tussle.