ICC Champions Trophy 2017 is slowly reaching to its climax after a dull opening of the tournament and frustrating interventions of rains and overcast weather in between the matches. Australia’s condition is already marred by the washing away of both of its matches against Bangladesh & New Zealand. This match would mark the last league game for the Australian Team as well as their last hope to enter into the semifinals.
This game would also mark the end of the league games from the Group-A where New Zealand & Bangladesh have already fulfilled their quota of 3 league matches each.
Hosts England have nothing to loose from now onward, having already qualified for the playoffs by winning both of their league games, they would be trying their best to defeat their arch rivals of the ashes and disappoint the Aussies.
Edgbaston Ground is expected to have overcast weather and showers are expected in the morning and evening, thereby maximizing the chances of the match to be completed in the daylight of the afternoon itself and yield a result, nevertheless Australia expects the result at most. “You can’t do much about it. You can’t control the weather, so for us it’s simple. We have to win the next game. That’s all we can do” Darren Lehmann, the coach of Australia. Their frustration is on at a peak and they would be hoping that they win the match by huge margin so as to leave behind Bangladesh in terms of Net Run Rate.
Australian Bowler Josh Hazlewood is in prolific form and is expected to deliver an eye catchy performance in today’s match. Josh has already clinched a clinical 6 wicket haul in the previous matches.
Starc is also helping him from the other side and helping to curtail the run rate in the power-play.
English captain said that winning this game would be equivalent to “My Ashes”. We would surely like to defeat them and make them savour the taste of being eliminated. We would offer no mercy, he added.
England’s batting line-up is surely their strength with some world-class cricketers including Buttler, Morgan, Root and captain himself. These can wrack up the entire bowling line up of any team, bu the bowling department of the English team has been their weaker part throughout the tournament.
With two points from their two matches, Australia now have to beat England to be certain of a place in the semi-finals of a tournament featuring the world’s top eight one-day intentional teams.
“I think it makes the equation pretty simple for us,” said Smith, whose side suffered an Edgbaston defeat by England during the last Champions Trophy four years ago.
“We have to beat England and then I think we’re through. I haven’t really read into anything else that’s happened.”
Qualifying Scenarios ( Group-A )
If Australia manages to triumph over the hosts they will surely manage to slip into the semi finals with ease since they would finish second in the Group-A table, where New Zealand have already bid goodbye to the tournament and then the net run rate would come into play where the Aussies should not face much difficulties.
In the event of a loss against England, Australia’s chances of qualifying would be dipped by a huge margin since Bangladesh defeated New Zealand in their previous game. If this happens Bangladesh have immense chances of qualifying provided the Aussies are defeated by a large margin