Before the much-anticipated Ashes series, cricket’s long-standing rivals England and Australia will be going head-to-head against each other
Hosts England would take on title holders Australia in match number 32 of the ICC World Cup 2019 at Lord’s in London on Tuesday.
With both the teams enjoying a good form, it would be interesting to see who has the last laugh.
Australia are marginally ahead of England, having lost just a game, compared to England’s two losses.
The battle between the openers- Jonny Bairstow vs David Warner
Three months ago, David Warner and Jonny Bairstow were lighting up the IPL with a record-breaking partnership for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Today their bromance will be forgotten as they plot each other’s downfall when England and Australia meet at Lord’s. Such is the nature of the modern game where players regularly swap T20 franchise jerseys for national colours.
The Pace attack – Jofra Archer vs Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc is someone who cannot be omitted from any playing XI. The 29-year-old has created an impressive ODI record with 145 wickets in 75 matches. Starc was also the leading wicket-taker of the 2015 World Cup.
Jofra Archer, unlike Starc, doesn’t have much ODI experience. However, there is an X-factor in him.
The combo of this uncanny veteran and the unknown youngster has success written all over it. Initially, batsmen would struggle against this left-right combination.
The Spin Game- Adil Rashid vs Adam Zampa
Both Adil Rashid and Adam Zampa are leg spinners. As leg spin is an effective weapon these days this will surely be a battle to savour for cricket fans all around the world.
In ODI games, Zampa has 60 wickets in 44 matches compared to Lyon’s record of 26 wickets in 25 matches. Rashid is one of the top 10 ODI bowlers according to ICC rankings which makes him a suitable option from England.
The Finishers – Ben Stokes vs Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell is one of the world’s best finishers at the moment. His ODI strike rate of 121.95 shows what he is capable of doing in the lower middle order. Maxwell is also a decent off-spinner with wicket-taking abilities.
The fast bowling all-rounder Ben Stokes is equally important in such a playing XI. Stokes can do maximum damage with both bat and ball.
This right-left attacking combo can script a solid finish together but interestingly they will be against each other.
England is looking vulnerable but Tendulkar believes Eoin Morgan’s men can put pressure on the Australian bowling attack “that lacks penetration and depth“.