Ashes History: 5 batsmen with the most runs in…

Sir Don Bradman coming out to bat

The most prestigious Test series in the history of cricket, The Ashes, will enter its 71st edition as England host Australia for a 5-match Test series starting from 1 August 2019. Till date, Australia and England have battled in 70 Ashes series where the former have won the urn 33 times and the latter have done it 32 times. Five of the 70 series didn’t produce a winner.

This Test series got the name ‘The Ashes’ in the year 1882. When the Aussies recorded their first ever Test victory on English soil, the English journalists claimed that English cricket had died, and so the ‘dead body’ would be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia. Ivo Bligh, the then English skipper, then promised to bring those ashes back from Australia, continuing the legend of the nomenclature.

A replica of the Ashes urn

The winner of this series does not get a huge piece of silverware but a 6-inch tall urn made of terracota. The fans believe that the urn contains the ashes of a burnt cricket ball.

It is the dream of every Australian and English cricketer to do well in the Ashes and earn the respect of his countrymen. On that note, here are the five batsmen who have emerged as heroes for their nations by scoring the most runs in Ashes history –

#5 David Gower – 3037 runs

David Gower, England

Matches – 38, Innings – 69, Runs – 3037, Highest Score – 215, Average – 46.01

England’s former left-handed top order batsman David Gower had better numbers in the Ashes as compared to his overall Test statistics. Gower played 38 matches for England in the prestigious series and batted in 69 innings where he aggregated 3,037 runs at an impressive average of 46.01.

He slammed 9 hundreds and 11 half centuries his 13-year long Ashes career. His highest score was 215.

The veteran retired from international cricket in 1992 after playing his last Test against Pakistan. Co-incidentally, he had made his Test debut versus the same opposition.

Also read – Ashes Best bowling figures

#4 Steve Waugh – 3173 runs

Steve Waugh

Matches – 45, Innings – 72, Runs – 3173, Highest Score – 177*, Average – 58.75

Sydney-born right-handed batsman Steve Waugh made a name for himself by playing Test cricket for Australia from 1985 to 2004. Just like David Gower, Waugh started and ended his career against the same opposition, India. He played 168 Tests for Australia of which 45 came in the Ashes.

Waugh batted in 72 Ashes innings scoring 3,173 runs at an average of 58.75. He hit 10 centuries and 14 fifties in his Ashes career which lasted 17 years.

Though he got out for a duck 6 times, the right-hander also remained not out in 18 innings.

#3 Allan Border – 3222 runs

Allan Border Australia Captain with the Ashes 1989

Matches – 42, Innings – 73, Runs – 3222, Highest Score – 200*, Average – 55.55

Australia’s first World Cup winning captain Allan Border holds the 3rd position in this countdown thanks to his 3,222 runs in 42 Ashes matches. Nicknamed AB, the left-handed batsman made his Test debut in the 1978-79 Ashes. The young Border played a patient knock of 29 (115) in his first Test innings for Australia before getting run out for a duck in the 2nd innings.

However, the Aussie performed exceptionally well after that as he added over 3,000 runs in the next 41 Ashes matches. He scored 7 hundreds and 19 fifties in his 15-year long Ashes career.

Also read – Ashes Highest Total chased

#2 Sir Jack Hobbs – 3636 runs

Jack Hobbs

Matches – 41, Innings – 71, Runs – 3636, Highest Score – 187, Average – 54.26

The legendary Sir Jack Hobbs amassed over 61,000 runs in first class cricket, in a career that spanned over 29 years from 1905 to 1934. The right-handed batsman maintained his fine performances at the international level as well; he played 61 Tests of which 41 were against Australia in the Ashes.

Hobbs is one of only two batsmen to have aggregated over 3,500 runs in Ashes history. He struck 12 centuries and 15 half-centuries in his iconic Ashes career. His average of 54.26 is remarkable, and he played a strong role in many of England’s wins over the course of the rivalry.

#1 Sir Donald Bradman – 5028 runs

Sir Don Bradman

Matches – 37, Innings – 63, Runs – 5028, Highest Score – 334, Average – 89.78

An interesting fact to note here is that among all the batsmen featuring in this list, Sir Donald Bradman had played the fewest number of matches. The Aussie legend played only 37 matches in the Ashes but he scored 5,028 runs at an unbelievable average of 89.78.

Nicknamed the Don, Bradman recorded his best score of 334 in the Ashes. Another surprising statistic about Bradman is that he got out for a duck 6 times in his Ashes career, which even includes his last international match for Australia.

Bradman’s duck in his farewell match did not allow him to retire with an average of 100 in Test cricket. Nevertheless, the right-handed batsman still remains one of the most respected names in the history of cricket, and his Test career will be cherished by every generation to come.

Also read – Ashes Lowest total defended

World Cup 2019: The highest run-scorer of each…

Rohit Sharma, David Warner and Kane Williamson were the highest run-scorers of their respective teams

The cricketing universe considers the Cricket World Cup to be the grandest stage for a player to showcase his talent. As it is every cricketer’s dream to represent his nation at the World Cup, the players who make it to the squad try to give their best to the team.

A plethora of youngsters have transformed themselves into legends on the back of their impressive showing in the World Cup. Players like Sachin Tendulkar, Glenn McGrath, Ricky Ponting, Kapil Dev, Imran Khan, Sir Vivian Richards and many more have become immortal because of their performances at the mega-event.

The hosts, England won the 2019 World Cup after a nail-biting finale with New Zealand. The English batsmen had played a key role in the team’s success in this tournament. Though the conditions in England favoured the bowlers, the batsmen dominated the bowlers on flat tracks.

Here’s a look at the top run-scorer of each team –

#10 Rahmat Shah – Afghanistan

Afghanistan v Australia – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Matches – 9, Innings – 9, Runs – 254

Afghanistan’s top-order batsman, Rahmat Shah emerged as the highest run-scorer of his team. The Blue Tigers did not win a single match in the 2019 World Cup but they won the hearts of the fans with their performance against Pakistan and India. The Afghan bowlers did a commendable job for the team however, the batsmen let the team down.

The fact that the team’s top run-scorer aggregated only 254 runs in the tournament proves the aforementioned statement. Shah played with a slow strike rate of 65.14 and could register only one half-century in the tournament. He slammed 31 boundaries and a maximum in the 9 matches he played.

#9 Kusal Perera – Sri Lanka

Afghanistan v Sri Lanka – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Matches – 7, Innings – 7, Runs – 273

Widely known as the next Sanath Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka, left-handed opener Kusal Perera shone with the bat for The Islanders in the 2019 World Cup. Though Sri Lanka could play only 7 matches in the tourney, Perera scored 273 runs at a magnificent average of 39.

His strike rate of 110.97 proved to be the icing on the cake. Opening the innings with captain Dimuth Karunaratne, Perera hit 3 half-centuries in the tournament. His highest score of 78 came in the match against Afghanistan.

#8 Nicholas Pooran – West Indies

Sri Lanka v West Indies – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Matches – 9, Innings – 8, Runs – 367

The wicket-keeper batsman of the Men in Maroon, Nicholas Pooran led the batting line up of his team with some flamboyant performances in the 2019 World Cup. With the likes of Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis and Shai Hope present in the team, youngster Nicholas Pooran surprised everyone by outperforming his teammates.

The left-handed batsman hit 1 hundred and 2 fifties in the World Cup. He registered his best score of 118 against Sri Lanka.

#7 Faf du Plessis – South Africa

Australia v South Africa – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Matches – 9, Innings – 8, Runs – 387

South African skipper, Faf du Plessis had a stupendous batting average of 64.50 in the 2019 World Cup. The right-handed batsman performed well for the Proteas by scoring 387 runs in 8 innings at a strike rate of 89.58.

When all of his teammates could not develop any consistency, Du Plessis fought like a lone warrior for the rainbow nation. He saved his best for the last match as his lone century of the tourney came in the match against Australia.

#6 Babar Azam – Pakistan

Pakistan v Afghanistan – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Matches – 8, Innings – 8, Runs – 474

One of the most promising talents in international cricket at the moment, Babar Azam showcased his class the 2019 World Cup. Azam scored 474 runs for Pakistan at a superb average of 67.71. He recorded a century against the best bowling attack of the tournament, New Zealand.

Besides, Azam also scored 2 fifties in the tourney where he batted at a strike rate of 87.78.

#5 Joe Root – England

England v Pakistan – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Matches – 11, Innings – 11, Runs – 556

The fact that the highest run-scorer of the champions holds the 5th position on this list shows that England’s batsmen fired in unison. A new match-winner emerged for the team in every game. The right-handed batsman, Joe Root was the most consistent among all as he finished with 556 runs in 11 innings.

The 2019 World Cup winner scored 2 hundreds and 3 half-centuries for the hosts. Though Ben Stokes and Jason Roy had a better average than Root, the Test captain of England proved to be the backbone of the batting line-up.

#4 Kane Williamson – New Zealand

West Indies v New Zealand – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Matches – 10, Innings – 9, Runs – 578

Captain Cool, Kane Williamson led his team from the front in the 2019 World Cup. The right-handed batsman scored 578 runs in the 9 innings he batted in. The Kiwi skipper had a fantastic average of 82.57 in the tourney.

Williamson saved his team from defeats in the matches against South Africa and West Indies by scoring centuries in both the games. He even recorded 2 half-centuries in the World Cup which helped him finish fourth in the overall list of highest run-scorers of the World Cup.

#3 Shakib Al Hasan – Bangladesh

England v Bangladesh – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Matches – 8, Innings – 8, Runs – 606

The surprise performer of the 2019 World Cup, Shakib Al Hasan earned the respect of every cricket fan with his marvellous performances in the tournament. The left-handed batsman carried the entire Bangladeshi batting line-up on his shoulders by aggregating 606 runs in just 8 innings.

Shakib joined the elite list of individuals who have scored over 600 runs in a single edition of the World Cup. His 2 centuries and 5 half tons proved Shakib as a real match-winner.

#2 David Warner – Australia

Australia v New Zealand – Cricket World Cup Practice Match

Matches – 10, Innings – 10, Runs – 647

Australia’s dashing opener, David Warner made an enthralling comeback to the international circuit. He served his 1-year ban from cricket prior to the World Cup but when he donned the Australian jersey at the mega-event, it seemed like he had never left the game. Warner scored 647 runs in 10 matches to occupy the 2nd position on the run-scorers’ chart.

Besides registering 3 hundreds and 3 fifties in the World Cup, Warner also held the record of the highest individual score (166) of the tourney.

#1 Rohit Sharma – India

India v Pakistan – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Matches – 9, Innings – 9, Runs – 648

Indian opener, Rohit Sharma took the honors of being the highest run scorer of the 2019 World Cup after edging David Warner by a margin of just one run. Sharma created a new World Cup record by slamming 5 centuries in the 2019 World Cup. His hundreds against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Pakistan helped India win those matches however, Rohit’s century against England went in vain.

Though the Hitman shone the brightest in the group stage, his World Cup campaign came to a disappointing end in the semi-final game, where he scored just one run. Nevertheless, the Mumbai-based batsman still came out as the best batsman of ICC World Cup 2019.

World Cup 2019: Report card of India’s World C…

India v New Zealand – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Semi-Final

The dream of a billion fans to see Virat Kohli’s men lift the coveted ICC World Cup trophy this Sunday ended when New Zealand knocked India out of the tournament in the first semifinal of the 2019 World Cup.

The Men in Blue clearly dominated their opponents in the group stage, but the top order crumbling on the day of the semifinals against New Zealand proved to be the undoing of India’s campaign at the tournament.

India kicked off their World Cup campaign on a high by winning the star-studded clashes versus South Africa, Australia, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Their game against the Kiwis was washed out due to rain before the hosts England ended India’s unbeaten streak in Birmingham. However, the two-time world champions bounced back in style by winning their remaining group stage encounters.

The team’s middle order, which has been a matter of concern since the 2015 World Cup, proved to be the side’s weak point once again. The top order and the bowlers did a commendable job to help India top the group standings but in the end, India could not lift the title.

Here’s a report card which gives an insight on how the Indian stars fared at this mega-event.

Rohit Sharma – 9/10

India v Pakistan – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Matches – 9, Innings – 9, Runs – 648, Average – 81.00, 100s- 5

Rohit Sharma did perform up to the mark in the IPL season which preceded the World Cup but, the Hitman proved why he is one of the best limited overs players in the world at the moment by slamming five centuries in the 2019 World Cup.

The right-handed batsman emerged as the match-winner for India in the games against Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and South Africa. Only one of his five hundreds went in vain which showcases his importance in the team. In the end, Sharma was just 26 runs shy from breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s all-time record of scoring the most runs in a single World Cup.

Shikhar Dhawan – 8/10

India v Australia – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Matches – 2, Innings – 2, Runs – 125, Average – 62.50, Highest Score – 117

Though Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out of the tournament owing to an unfortunate injury, the left-handed opener managed to score a century out of the two games he played. Dhawan had a forgettable outing against South Africa in India’s World Cup opener but was in his elements against Australia and led team India to a 300+ in the first innings.

Dhawan has an envious record at ICC tournaments and India dearly missed him in the big matches of this World Cup.

Virat Kohli – 8/10

England v India – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Matches – 9, Innings – 9, Runs – 443, Average – 55.38, 50s- 5

The fans had high expectations from the leading batsman in ODI cricket, Virat Kohli, heading into this World Cup. Although the Indian skipper batted with consistency in the tournament, he could not notch up single century. Kohli managed to register 5 half centuries at the mega-event, including a crucial one against Afghanistan.

As a captain, he did considerably well with respect to rotating the bowlers in this tournament. There were some interesting selection decisions but in the end, India managed to fare well in the tourney.

Vijay Shankar – 4/10

India v Pakistan – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Matches – 3, Innings – 2, Runs – 58, Wickets – 2

The ‘three-dimensional’ all-rounder Vijay Shankar had a dream debut in the World Cup as he scalped a wicket on his very first delivery against Pakistan. Making his debut in the high profile match versus Pakistan, Shankar showed no nerves while replacing Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the power-play overs.

He had a golden chance to cement the second all-rounder’s slot in the team but his poor shot selection and medicore bowling saw him lose out on a spot. An untimely toe injury forced him out of the competition.

KL Rahul – 7/10

Sri Lanka v India – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Matches – 9, Innings – 9, Runs – 361, Average – 45.12, Highest Score – 111

Making a comeback into the Indian ODI team, KL Rahul impressed the fans by stepping up and taking the opener’s role in Shikhar Dhawan’s absence. The move proved to be a blessing in disguise as Rahul and Rohit combined to get India off to some great starts.

Rahul had a decent outing in the 2019 World Cup as the stylish right-handed batsman aggregated 361 runs at a fantastic average of 45.12. He even hit his first ever World Cup hundred versus Sri Lanka. It won’t be understatement to say that KL Rahul emerged as one of the most versatile ODI players in this World Cup.

MS Dhoni – 6/10

India v New Zealand – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Semi-Final

Matches – 9, Innings – 8, Runs – 273, Average – 45.40, Dismissals – 10

India’s legendary wicket-keeper batsman, MS Dhoni, who perhaps played his final ODI World Cup was not at his absolute best in this tournament. The Ranchi-born superstar struggled to clear the boundaries but, he always rebuilt the innings whenever the top order failed. Dhoni’s best knock of this World Cup (56*) came against the West Indies in the group stage.

His glove-work behind the stumps received appreciation from all corners as his 7 catches and 3 stumpings provided good support to the Indian bowlers.

Dinesh Karthik – 1/10

India v New Zealand – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Warm Up

Matches – 3, Innings – 2, Runs – 14, Average – 7.00, Strike Rate – 41.17

The fact that England’s tail-enders have better numbers in the batting department than India’s middle order batsman, Dinesh Karthik in the 2019 World Cup shows how much the wicket-keeper struggled in English conditions. Karthik did not get a place in the playing XI during the initial matches. However, he soon earned a place in the team courtesy of Kedar Jadhav’s poor form.

Yet, Karthik failed miserably in the 2 innings he played. The Tamil Nadu-based batsman had a golden opportunity to establish himself as a match-winner in the semifinal against New Zealand, but his 6(25) only added a lot more pressure on the batsmen lower down the order.

Rishabh Pant – 6/10

India v New Zealand – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Semi-Final

Matches – 4, Innings – 4, Runs – 116, Average – 29.00, Strike Rate – 89.23

Shikhar Dhawan’s replacement in the World Cup squad, Rishabh Pant made his World Cup debut in the group match against England. Pant struggled to time the ball well in his maiden World Cup innings but, he essayed a good knock of 48 runs versus Bangladesh. The way he smashed three consecutive boundaries in the 40th over exhibited his talent.

Inspite of his good showing in the World Cup, Pant still needs a lot of gametime to grow with experience, a fact emphasised by the way he threw his wicket away in a crucial situation against New Zealand.

Kedar Jadhav – 3/10

India v Afghanistan – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Matches – 6, Innings – 5, Runs – 80, Average – 40.00, Strike Rate – 80.81

Kedar Jadhav played a match-saving innings for the Men in Blue against Afghanistan but besides that, there was nothing the Maharashtra-born all-rounder could contribute to the team. He scored a fighting half-century versus the Afghans which helped India reach a respectable total. In the game against England, Jadhav’s inability to up the run-rate saw his ouster from the team.

It was surprising that Virat Kohli did not make much use of his off-spin. Jadhav bowled only six overs in the six matches he played. Known to be a partnership breaker, Kedar could not deliver the goods for team India in the World Cup.

Ravindra Jadeja – 8/10

India v New Zealand – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Semi-Final

Matches – 2, Innings – 1, Runs – 77, Wickets – 2

Ravindra Jadeja waited for a long time to get into the Indian playing XI. He turned up as a substitute fielder in every match before the team management decided to include him in the match squad in the final group stage match. Jadeja impressed with his left-arm spin which helped him cement his place for the semifinal encounter.

In the semifinal clash, New Zealand’s fast bowlers ran through the Indian batting order as half the side was back in the hut for just 71. However, Ravindra Jadeja valiant knock of 77 runs from just 59 balls, with four fours and four sixes silenced all his critics. Though the left-handed all-rounder could not guide Virat Kohli’s men to the final, he established himself as a match-winner for the nation.

Hardik Pandya – 8/10

India v New Zealand – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Semi-Final

Matches – 9, Innings – 9, Runs – 226, Wickets – 10

India’s premier all-rounder, Hardik Pandya stood tall against every challenge that he faced. Pandya impressed with his aggressive batting style as well as accurate line and lengths with the ball in hand. The right-arm medium pacer exhausted his 10 overs quota in almost every game besides scoring runs at a magnanimous strike rate of 112.45.

Gifted with an ability to turn the screws with bat and ball, Pandya enjoyed a good tournament and all in all, the Baroda-born all-rounder provided the much-needed balance to the playing XI.

Jasprit Bumrah – 9/10

Sri Lanka v India – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Matches – 9, Wickets – 18, Economy Rate – 4.41, Best Figures – 4/55

The world’s best ODI bowler, Jasprit Bumrah rose to the occasion at the 2019 World Cup. The right-arm pacer scalped 18 wickets in the nine matches that India played. His immaculate line and length tested the skills of the best batting line-ups in the tournament. Bumrah finished with a splendid bowling average of 20.61, along with a miserly economy rate of 4.41.

Bumrah bowled a total of nine maiden overs all through the tournament, highlighting his efficiency against some of the best in the business.

Yuzvendra Chahal – 7/10

India v New Zealand – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Semi-Final

Matches – 8, Wickets – 12, Economy Rate – 5.97, Best Figures – 4/51

Yuzvendra Chahal showcased why he is billed one of the best wrist spinners of world cricket with his consistency in the 2019 World Cup. Chahal scalped 12 wickets in the pace-friendly English conditions to finish as the third highest wicket-taker for India.

The Haryana-born spinner picked a 4-wicket haul on his World Cup debut against South Africa. Barring the games against England and New Zealand, Chahal performed well in most matches

Kuldeep Yadav – 4/10

England v India – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Matches – 7, Wickets – 6, Economy Rate – 5.02, Best Figures – 2/32

Yuzvendra Chahal’s spin partner Kuldeep Yadav did not have a World Cup campaign as good as Chahal. Kuldeep performed below-par in this tournament. The left-arm chinaman bowler picked up just 6 wickets in 7 matches of the 2019 World Cup.

Except the fixtures versus Pakistan and South Africa, Kuldeep failed to trouble the opposition batsmen. Perhaps, the dismal IPL season before the World Cup may have dipped his confidence levels but Virat Kohli would be extremely disappointed with the way Kuldeep played in this World Cup.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar – 6/10

India v Australia – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Matches – 6, Wickets – 10, Economy Rate – 5.20, Best Figures – 3/43

Preferred over Mohammad Shami in the playing XI, the Meerut-based right-arm pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave good support to Jasprit Bumrah. Kumar could not pick many wickets in the power-play overs but his death bowling was an improvement.

Though his numbers were good, they could have been much better if he could have scalped a couple of wickets in the first 10 overs. Bhuvneshwar even got injured in the middle of the tournament but since it was a minor injury, the fast bowler recovered in time for the final phase of the World Cup.

Mohammad Shami – 7/10

India v Afghanistan – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Matches – 4, Wickets – 14, Economy Rate – 5.48, Best Figures – 5/69

Mohammad Shami became only the second Indian bowler to pick a hat-trick when he guided India to a famous victory over Afghanistan in the group stage. Shami was the only Indian bowler to grab a five-wicket haul in this tournament. Though he picked wickets for the team, his poor execution in the death overs cost India the match against England.

Shami did not feature in the semifinal match but in the four matches that he played in the group stage, the right-arm pacer scalped 14 wickets.

World Cup 2019: Semifinal 2, Australia vs Engl…

England are the favorites in their semifinal clash against Australia.

The 2019 World Cup has truly captivated the fans, with many upsets and breathtaking finishes to matches. After battling six others teams, India, England, Australia, and New Zealand cemented their respective spots in the semifinals.

New Zealand secured a berth in the final by defeating India by 18 runs in the first semifinal. The winner of the second semi-final between England and Australia will square off against the Kiwis in the summit clash on Sunday at Lord’s.

The second semifinal promises to be an entertaining contest as the two oldest rivals of the game cross swords. England are the hot favorites to win the match and subsequently go on to lift the trophy. They have hit back strongly after a string of losses and look as formidable as ever.

All the English batsmen have essayed their respective roles to perfection, with a new match-winner emerging in each match. However, in this game, the Australian bowlers will have to be especially wary of England’s openers, Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy.

Roy and Bairstow are both in fine form and the Aussies might find it difficult to separate the two early on. While Roy has back-to-back half-centuries since his return from injury, Bairstow has gone one better and notched up consecutive centuries.

The opening duo is expected to continue in the same vein in the semifinal and the hosts would look to ride on their contributions and set a target of over 300 if they end up batting first.

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With the conditions expected to suit the home side, England have a slight edge heading into this contest. It will be interesting to see how things pan out and which team ends up joining New Zealand in the final.

World Cup 2019: Semifinal 2, Australia vs Engl…

Mitchell Starc will be the key bowler for Australia

Defending champions of the ICC Cricket World Cup Australia will clash with the hosts of the ongoing tournament England in a mouthwatering clash at Birmingham today. New Zealand have sealed their place in the final with a win over India, and if Australia win today, we will get a rematch of the 2015 World Cup final this Sunday.

Australia had been in red hot form in the group stage, but they suffered a shocking defeat to South Africa in their last encounter. On the other hand, England’s campaign peaked at the right time as they beat both India and New Zealand to storm into the semifinals. While the hosts have the upper hand heading into this match, here’s why Australia will win today.

The last time these two teams met in an ODI match was in the group stage of this World Cup. The Aussies overhauled Eoin Morgan’s men at Lord’s and they had even defeated them in the warm-up matches. This shows that Australia know how to get the better of England in their home conditions.

Also, if Australia win the toss, Aaron Finch should look to have a bat first because all of England’s losses in the 2019 World Cup have come while chasing a total. In addition to that, there will be the pressure of the required run rate on the home side in the 2nd innings.

Also Read – World Cup 2019, Semi-final 2, Australia vs England Match Prediction: Who will win the match?

The toss will play a major role in today’s outcome because England are a good side when batting first and a completely different one when chasing a target. So, the key to success for Australia is to bat first, put runs on the board and then let Mitchell Starc and co. take care of the remaining business.

World Cup 2019: Semifinal 2, AUS vs ENG, Engla…

England had lost to Australia in the group stage ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

New Zealand emerged as the first team to enter the grand finale of the ICC World Cup 2019 after handing a heartbreaking loss to India. Their next opponent will be determined today when hosts England lock horns with arch-rivals Australia. Though the English team had lost their group match versus the defending champions, they are the favourites to win the battle at Birmingham today.

Eoin Morgan’s men had thrashed the Black Caps in their last group match. Opener Jonny Bairstow played a whirlwind knock of 106 runs, while his opening partner Jason Roy supported him with a half-century. The English bowling attack was in sublime touch the other day as well, and the skipper would not want to tinker with their winning combination.

Here’s how the hosts can line up for the 2nd semifinal of the World Cup –

Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy will open the innings for England, followed by the versatile Joe Root at number 3.

Captain Eoin Morgan will take the number 4 position and he will have the dangerous duo of Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler after him.

Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Liam Plunkett and Mark Wood will form the team’s fast bowling attack while Adil Rashid will be the team’s sole spinner.

Key Players for England – Jonny Bairstow and Jofra Archer

England Nets Session

Jonny Bairstow batted with supreme consistency in the final matches of the group stage. His batting performance will have a huge impact on today’s result. The same goes for England’s newest star, Jofra Archer. The right-arm quick has bowled exceptionally well in this tournament but it remains to be seen if he can maintain his line and length in a high-pressure World Cup semifinal.

Also Read – World Cup 2019, Semi-final 2, Aus vs Eng: Australia’s Predicted Playing 11 & Key Players

England’s Predicted Playing XI

Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan ©, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid and Mark Wood.

Cricket World Cup History: Top 3 India vs New …

Zaheer Khan of India celebrates trapping Nathan Astle of New Zealand

Title favourites, India, will clash with the Black Caps in the first semi-final of ICC World Cup 2019. Virat Kohli’s men have been in an exceptional form in the 2019 World Cup. Only England got the better of them in the group stage games and they finished on the top of the points table.

However, if we take a look at the head-to-head record of both teams in Cricket World Cups, New Zealand have a slight edge over India. The two nations have collided in 8 World Cup matches so far and the Kiwis have emerged victorious on 4 occasions. The recent World Cup encounter between these two sides ended in a washout because of rain.

Tomorrow, the teams will lock horns for the 9th time in World Cup history and here we take a look at the top 3 World Cup clashes between India and New Zealand.

#3 1975 World Cup

New Zealand won by 4 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)

India locked horns with New Zealand in their final group stage match of the 1975 World Cup. Indian skipper S Venkataraghavan elected to bat first after winning the toss at Old Trafford. A 70-run knock from Abid Ali took India to 230 in 60 overs. Brian McKechnie was the pick of the bowlers for New Zealand with figures of 3/49.

In reply, New Zealand’s opener Glenn Turner hit a fantastic century to take his team near the target. The Kiwis lost some wickets in the middle but some good contributions from the middle order batsmen took them home. Syed Abid Ali starred for India in the bowling department as well with figures of 2/35. However, New Zealand won that match by 4 wickets in the 59th over.

Also read – World cup most wickets

#2 1999 World Cup

Sachin Tendulkar and Dion Nash

India had already been eliminated from the World Cup before they took the field versus New Zealand in this match but Mohammad Azharuddin’s men tried to salvage some pride before returning home. India won the toss and batted first at Trent Bridge. Ajay Jadeja’s half-century guided the Men in Blue to a handsome total of 251/6 in 50 overs. Chris Cairns scalped 2 wickets for New Zealand.

In the 2nd innings, Kiwi opener Matt Horne played a wonderful knock of 74 runs before team India bounced back in the match. The bowlers dismissed the other top-order batsmen cheaply but number 5 batsman, Roger Twose stayed calm and held his end.

New Zealand’s wicket-keeper batsman, Adam Parore drove the team home on the back of his quick-fire 26*(14). Parore struck 5 fours in his short innings to help New Zealand win the match in the 49th over.

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#1 2003 World Cup

Daryl Tuffey of New Zealand bowling

Now, shifting our focus to the last completed World Cup match between India and New Zealand, the two teams met each other in the 7th Super of the 2003 World Cup. Indian skipper, Sourav Ganguly won the toss and decided to bowl first at the SuperSport Park in Centurion and the Indian bowlers pleased their captain with a commendable bowling performance.

Zaheer Khan led the charge for India as the left-arm pacer took 4 wickets in the innings. Harbhajan Singh and Ashish Nehra supported him with tidy spells before India wrapped New Zealand for just 146 runs in 45.1 overs.

India lost their first three wickets very early in the chase. However, a patient partnership between Mohammad Kaif and Rahul Dravid helped India win the match in a convincing manner.

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