- Australia currently sit on the second spot on the points table with 10 points.
- For the hosts, the World Cup has been nothing less of a roller-coaster ride.
- England can only afford to lose one match if they want to make it to the next round.
LONDON: Defending champions Australia take on World Cup hosts and favourite England at Lord’s in London today.
Australia currently sit on the second spot on the points table with 10 points, while England who have suffered two defeats occupy the fourth spot with eight points.
For the hosts, the World Cup has been nothing less of a roller-coaster ride.
A 14-run loss at the hands of Pakistan was followed by three impressive wins against Bangladesh, Afghanistan and West Indies. However, the 20-run loss to Sri Lanka in their last game and the loss of two precious points, has left England battling for a place in the final four.
England’s three remaining encounters are against Australia, New Zealand, and India — three sides they have not beaten in the World Cup in the last 27 years.
England can only afford to lose one match if they want to make it to the next round.
On the other hand, Australia’s only defeat of the World Cup came at the hands of India.
However, defeat by India has not slowed down the five-time champion’s progress in the tournament and they bounced back with wins over Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
England vs Australia ODI stats
Head to head matches: 147
ENG won: 61
AUS won: 81
No result: 3
Highest total: 481/6 by England in 2018
Lowest total: 70 by Australia in 1977
Most runs: 1815 runs in 50 innings by EJG Morgan (ENG)
Most wickets: 65 wickets in 37 innings by (AUS)
England: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
Australia: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Alex Carey, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon