England vs Australia, Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-finals: Weather, start time, TV channel and our prediction You can watch every match of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup on TV…
What is it?
The second Cricket World Cup semi-final. It’s England against old rivals Australia, at Edgbaston.
When is it?
Thursday, July 11 – that’s tomorrow!
What time does it start?
The game will start at 10.30am.
What TV channel is it on?
Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Cricket from 9.30am.
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What will the weather be like?
Great news, we can expect sunny intervals and a gentle breeze with temperatures reaching 23 degrees by around 3pm. There is a slight chance of rain early in the day, but it should have cleared by the time play is due to get underway.
What is the team news?
England are likely to remain unchanged.
Australia, meanwhile, will call on Peter Handscomb for the first time in over three months.
The 28 year-old was axed from the original 15-man squad after the return of Steve Smith and David Warner from year-long ball-tampering bans, but he has been drafted in as a replacement for the injured Shaun Marsh.
Now Usman Khawaja’s hamstring problem has opened up a place in the XI and head coach Justin Langer confirmed Handscomb would get a huge, belated chance to make his mark on the tournament at Edgbaston.
Langer also confirmed Matthew Wade would come into the squad in place of Khawaja, a decision the Australians had been deferring but now appear committed to.
Marcus Stoinis provided some good news for Australia’s overworked medical team, passed fit to play after side trouble following a robust workout in the nets.
What are they saying?
Pace bowler Liam Plunkett claims the England side under Eoin Morgan is “a different sort of animal” compared to previous English teams:
“For me, being involved in England squads of the past, I never expected to win a World Cup.
“We had amazing players but I never thought we’d win it. I played in teams where you didn’t expect to win and the public didn’t expect you to win.
“But with this squad the public sort of expect us to win games and series now.
“We’ve played well over the last four years, we’ve been ranked No 1 and we’re feeling in a good place. We’ve made cricket exciting again and we’ve got people watching it.”
Plunkett says the group-stage defeats have only made England stronger, helping them return to their style of calculated aggression:
“We like to be positive but not reckless and we went away from our positive brand of cricket and went into our shell a little bit.
“We know we’re better than that. We want to attack in a positive way without being reckless and I think that’s how we’ve been for the last however many years.”
Australia coach Justin Langer explains Australia’s barefoot walkabout at the ground on Monday as they shared stories in a so-called “bonding circle”:
“It’s a nice thing to do. Haydos (Matthew Hayden) and I used to do it as a bit of a ritual before every Test match.
“It was just walking a lap of the oval with our shoes off. We could’ve done it with our shoes on and nobody would’ve said anything.
“If you go back 12 months there wasn’t much to be relaxed and chilled about in Australian cricket, was there? We went through a major crisis in our cricket. It didn’t just affect our cricket, it affected our country. We’ve got to work hard on being more humble in what we do and being focused on playing good cricket.
“It’s not the first time we have walked around the oval with our shoes off, that’s the truth, we have done it 15 times.”
What are the odds?
- England to win 4/5
- Australia to win 6/5
What’s our prediction?
This really could go either way. In the group stages, Australia beat England thanks, in part, to the swing mastery of pace bowler Mitchell Starc – the competition’s leading wicket-taker. If England’s batsmen can nullify Starc, and the pyrotechnic pairing of Roy and Bairstow gets off to a flyer, Morgan’s men should reach the final. Prediction: England win.