The second semifinal of the ICC World Cup 2019 will be played between two hard-hitting teams of this tournament Australia and England. This match is touted as ”blockbuster match” as both of the teams will surely give their best to win the game. Although Australia has beaten England in group stage it will be completely a different game as England already beaten India and New Zealand in a back to back matches and Australia lost to South Africa in their last group stage game.

Australia Vs England Semifinal Preview: England eyeing final spot Vs menacing Australia

As two of the oldest rival will face off at Edgbaston, Birmingham, it is England who will be happier than the Kangaroos. Australia hasn’t won an ODI in Edgbaston since 1993 and moreover, they got beaten by England in here at Champions Trophy 2017. Australia and England will face each other in the upcoming week at historic Ashes series. That’s why the importance of this match increased so much.


The reigning champions are the first team who booked their place for semi-finals. They could avoid England if they managed to beat South Africa in their last game of the group stage. However, an inspiring Proteus beat them and they have to face the host now. Australia never lost in the semi-final in its World Cup history. Although they lost Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh their vacuum can be filled by the likes of Matthew Wade and Peter Handscomb.

Australian never won any game at Edgbaston since 1993
Australian never won any game at Edgbaston since 1993


England lost its path after two consecutive defeats against Sri Lanka and Australia. However, they get back to their best after beating India and New Zealand. They also get confidence after the return of opener Jason Roy. England’s early exit from 2015 World Cup encouraged them to rethink about the approach and they are pretty much successful it seems. English coach Trevor Bayliss is also guiding his troops to the right path. It will be interesting how they react against their old enemy in this blockbuster game.

England got their confidence back after two back to back win
England got their confidence back after two back to back win

Weather Conditions

The weather forecasts say that Birmingham will be mostly cloudy on Thursday. There’s a great chance there will be rain in the evening.

Pitch Conditions

The pitch of Birmingham is usually good for batting but as the weather will be more cloudy and there’s a possibility of rain both teams could take bowling if they won the toss.

Likely XI

Australia – 

  • David Warner,
  • Aaron Finch,
  • Peter Honeycomb,
  • Steve Smith,
  • Marcus Stoinis,
  • Glenn Maxwell,
  • Alex Carey,
  • Patt Cummins,
  • Mitchell Starc,
  • Jason Behrendorff, 
  • Nathan Lyon


  • Johnny Bairstow,
  • Jason Roy,
  • Joe Root,
  • Eoin Morgan,
  • Ben Stokes,
  • Jos Butler,
  • Joe Denly,
  • Chris Woakes,
  • Liam Plunkett
  • Adil Rashid,
  • Jofra Archer

Injury Update

Both Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh’s campaign is over and Australia brings Matthew Wade and Peter Handscomb in their place. Mitchell Starc is back from injury and expected to start the game.

England currently has no injury problem.

Match Prediction

It’s a very close call. Australia is always the team of big times. However, England won their last 12 of 15 matches against Australia. The field of Birmingham is also a cursed place for Australia.

We are backing England to win.

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