Champions Trophy: Australia face England in do-or-die match

Travis Head of Australia celebrates after scoring a century

"England take on Australia in their final group match of the ICC Champions Trophy " What are the odds?

With Bangladesh knocking out New Zealand in what was an epic of a game last night, only a win would now allow the Steve Smith-led side to enter the semi-finals of the marquee event.

England chose to bowl first on a cloudy morning against opponents who also stuck with the same team thwarted by the weather in the no-result against Bangladesh at The Oval five days ago.

In a way, though, Australia's two points from two matches - earned by getting a point each from the two abandoned games - are about right, considering they would have, most likely, lost to the Kiwis in their opening match and would have definitely beaten Bangladesh in their second.

Aussie captain Steve Smith got his first look at the brand new pitch being used for the game, but wouldn't confirm what his team would look like.

He said: "They are quite predictable, they don't like to change a lot and, from our aspect, we know that and we can play on it".

That's why he raised his eyebrows and answered a firm "no" when asked if England could strike an early psychological blow ahead of this year's Ashes with a win here, instead stating that matches for this one-day side do not get much bigger than this. "England have been playing some particularly good cricket here at home and they're a good opposition so we'll have to be at our best today".




More than five years since he last played Test cricket, England's one-day worldwide captain therefore reasons that the chance to eliminate Australia at the group stage of this summer's global tournament is as close as he is going to get to the rarefied atmosphere of the Ashes themselves. In ODIs the margin is even more stark with Australia winning 80 matches to England's 51.

"I think from our side of things we emphasise the positive game in which we play", Morgan said in the pre-match press conference. They were aggressive. They could score 350 if needed and they always went for an attacking bowling line-up.

"They always are going into a white-ball tournament".

England: 1 Jason Roy, 2 Alex Hales, 3 Joe Root, 4 Eoin Morgan (captain), 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Adil Rashid, 9 Liam Plunkett, 10 Mark Wood, 11 Jake Ball. He was in the team selected for the eventual washout against New Zealand at Edgbaston, in which he took two wickets.

'I've never played in the Ashes - and there are others like me in the changing room - so a game like this is the closest we'll get, ' he said. Live Streaming: Sky Go and Watch Sky Sports.

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