Date & Time: Tuesday, June 25, 15:00 IST
Venue: Lord’s, London, England
Arch-rivals to face off at the Lord’s
There won’t be a better place other than Lord’s for the arch-rival contest of Australia vs England. The contest itself has its own mega-vibe around it and the present situation in which the hosts find themselves makes it even more intense. England needs at least two wins in the remaining 3 games for a smooth progression into semi-finals. Meanwhile, for Australia, a solitary win will ease their way. So a win here makes a difference for both teams but a lot more for England.
England is likely to stick with the same XI that played against Sri Lanka. Australia, on the other hand, might consider bringing in Jason Behrendorff in place of Nathan Coulter Nile. Apart from that, they are likely to stick with the winning combination.
Another sporting surface is likely to be in the offering for the crucial clash on Tuesday at Lord’s. The forecast is for scattered showers before the match which might spice the surface more to aid Pacers.
England’s No.3 is in some form in the tournament with a couple of hundred & half-centuries, which make him one of the most sorted England batsmen in Dream11 fantasy cricket team. Adding to his present form, he also has a great record at the venue where he has scored 89, 73, 2 & 113 in the last four games played here.
It has been the usual for Smith who is back to playing international cricket after a year’s ban. He has scored 3 half-centuries in the five matches played so far in the tournament. There are few other Aussies batsmen who were also as consistent as Smith in the tournament. But his past record against England is best among all of them which makes him a must-have player in Dream11 fantasy cricket team in today’s match.
The tournament’s highest run-getter is getting better every day. He may have started the tournament as a second fiddle, but now it looks like he has found his firepower in the last three games. His past record against England bowlers may not be that great but his present form makes him a worthy pick in the Dream11 fantasy cricket team.
He may not have been at his best in the last two games but he is a game changer to reckon with on any given day. And who knows better about him that the Aussies who were at the receiving end in the series back home, and then in England a year ago. He has a strike rate in excess of 100 against all the Aussie bowlers and he has gotten dismissed only twice in the last five encounters against them.