The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Friday will welcome rivals Australia and England as two teams will lock horns at the iconic venue for the 26th match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022.The match will be a fiercely contested one as the team winning the contest will strengthen its bid for a place in the semifinal while the losing side will have its semifinal dreams take a massive hit. England and Australia both sit at two points each in Group 1 of the Super 12 after playing two games each.
The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Friday will welcome rivals Australia and England as the two teams will lock horns at the iconic venue for the 26th match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022.
Recommended ArticlesView All
Decoding multi-year health insurance policy — What is it and what are key benefits?
IST3 Min(s) Read
View | Pakistan Election: Will Imran Khan's changed tack from long march to resignations to snap poll work?
IST5 Min(s) Read
View | G20 Presidency: India can shape global Web3 narrative
IST6 Min(s) Read
The match will be a fiercely contested one as the team winning the contest will strengthen its bid for a place in the semifinal while the losing side will have its semifinal dreams take a massive hit.
England and Australia both sit at two points each in Group 1 of the Super 12 after playing two games each.
England started their World Cup campaign in style as they blanked Afghanistan by 5 wickets in their opening fixture. But England's campaign hit a roadblock after Ireland defeated the Jos Buttler-led side at the Sydney Cricket Ground by 5 runs on DLS method in a rain-affected match.
In stark contrast, defending champions and hosts Australia were off to a poor start in the tournament after they were defeated by their trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand by 89 runs. But Australia bounced back from the shock defeat by thrashing Asia Cup champions Sri Lanka by 7 wickets in their next fixture.
Although England and Australia have the same number of points in Group 1, England are better placed than Australia in the group. Australia's large defeat at the hands of New Zealand have left them with a poor net run rate of -1.555 compared to England's net run rate of +0.239. This means that a victory alone at the MCG will not be sufficient for the Aussies to keep their semis hopes alive. Australia will not only have to win the match but win the match convincingly to make up for the poor net run rate.
The greatest concern for Australia is the inability of the openers David Warner and Aaron Finch to get fast starts and notch big scores. Warner has been dismissed on the scores of 5 and 11 in the two matches. Finch managed just 13 in 11 balls against the Kiwis before coming up with a slowish 31 in 42 deliveries versus Sri Lanka. The Australian captain was candid to acknowledge that his knock against the Lankans was not good enough.
Batting woes aside, the Australian camp has been hit with the COVID-19 virus. First legspinner Adam Zampa tested positive for COVID-19 ruled him out for the match against the Blackcaps. Now ahead of the game against England, wicketkeeper Mathew Wade has also tested positive for COVID-19. Wade's health issue is a big concern for the Australian camp as the squad doesn't have a back-up wicketkeeper. If Wade does miss the match, then we could see one of either Finch, Warner of Glenn Maxwell keep wickets. But non of these three players is a specialized keeper so Australia will have to make the best use of the resources available to them.
In the opposite camp, England's captain Jos Buttler would hope that his big-hitting batsmen come good. The likes of Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Liam Livingstone, and Buttler himself haven't been at their explosive best in the two matches.
Both teams will be relying on their bowling units to deliver goods as they would be looking to end up on the winning side at the MCG.
Form Guide (last five matches, most recent first)
Australia vs England head-to-head in T20Is
Matches played: 24
Australia wins: 10
England wins: 11
No Results: 2
The track at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) has provided some well-balanced contests between bat and ball. There’s some swing on offer early in the game however the spinners may not get much purchase on this track. The MCG’s average 1st innings T20I total is 142 runs
There could be rain all through Friday. The match could be affected by bad weather.
England possible XI: 1 Jos Buttler (ca & wk), Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Liam Livingstone, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.
Australia possible XI: Aaron Finch (capt &wk), David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Ashton Agar, Josh Hazlewood.
AUS vs ENG Top Fantasy picks
Batsmen: Alex Hales, Mitchell Marsh, Tim David
Wicketkeeper: Jos Buttler
All-rounders: Marcus Stoinis, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali
Bowlers: Mark Wood, Adam Zampa, Sam Curran
AUS vs ENG betting odds (bet 365)
AUS vs ENG where to watch
The match begins at 1.30 PM IST. In India, the match will be broadcast on the Star Sports Network. Online viewers can follow the live action on the Disney+Hotstar app.