World Cup cricket: England eyes comeback in key clash with Australia

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England is set to take on Australia on June 25 at 3 PM (IST). File Photo/PTI

The defending champions Australia are all set to take on the World Cup favourites England at Lords on Tuesday (June 25) at 3 PM (IST).

While Australia is nesting at the second position on the points table with 10 points, England has slipped to the fourth position with eight points following two defeats in six matches. Australia is hoping to have an edge over the hosts as their openers, skipper Aaron Finch and David Warner, are in good form.

Even their bowling lineup, headed by Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, is supporting the team well. Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell are expected to focus on giving an all-round performance to balance things. However, the middle-order batsmen might face challenges in facing England’s bowling attack.

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The hosts, on the other hand, will be looking forward to make a remarkable comeback from their previous defeat against Sri Lanka. Skipper Eoin Morgan would want to score as big as he did against Afghanistan.

Since England has only faced the underdogs till now, their next three matches against Australia, India and New Zealand can stop their pace towards the semis. Also Jason Roy being ruled out is expected impact their performance.

This is a must-win for England to remain the favourites this season.

England Probable XI: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood / Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid

Australia Probable XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Usman Khwaja, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitch Starc, Adam Zampa and Nathan Coulter-Nile

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