World Cup 2019, Semi-final 2, Aus vs Eng: Australia's Predicted Playing 11 & Key Players
The Australian team has done exceedingly well to reach the semi-finals. They will be up against arch-rivals England in the semi-final on Thursday. However, the Kangaroos have a couple of injury concerns ahead of the crucial encounter.
While Usman Khawaja is already ruled out of the remainder of the tournament, there are doubts over Marcus Stoinis' participation. Matthew Wade and Mitchell Marsh have been called up as cover for Khawaja and Stoinis.
Here is Australia's Predicted Playing XI.
Aaron Finch, David Warner
Aaron Finch and David Warner have been in tremendous form in the tournament. Finch and Warner have given Australia steady and quick starts and will look to continue their good run against England.
Steve Smith, Peter Handscomb
Steve Smith will move up in the order in the absence of Khawaja. Handscomb, who was in excellent form before the World Cup, is slated to replace Khawaja in the middle-order.
Wicket-keeper and All-rounders
Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey
Glenn Maxwell hasn't had the best of tournaments so far but Australia will back the explosive all-rounder to come good when it matters the most. Alex Carey has been a revelation for Australia and become a crisis man for the team. Mitchell Marsh might come in as a replacement for Marcus Stoinis, who has struggled with bad form and injury.
Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon
Mitchell Starc has been in terrific form with the ball and has bamboozled opposition batting line-ups with his aggressive bowling. Pat Cummins has bowled with good speed and accuracy too. Behrendorff has taken 9 wickets in 4 games and will look to provide early breakthroughs for Australia. Nathan Lyon has also contributed with tight lines in the middle phase of the innings.
Mitchell Starc has by far been the pick of the Australian bowlers in World Cup 2019. Having said that, he will have the important task of negating the threat of the aggressive opening duo of Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy.
In the absence of Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, who has averaged a below-par 32.66 in the tournament so far, will have to shoulder more responsibility.
Australia's Predicted Playing XI
Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steve Smith, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff, and Nathan Lyon.
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