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T20 World Cup: England’s clash with Australia may provide much-needed X-factor

England against Australia have rarely needed an excuse to get their pulse racing, but Saturday’s clash between two of the first pacemakers could act as the defibrillator this World Cup urgently needs.

While England have so far demolished the West Indies and Bangladesh, the Australians have left behind lousy pre-tournament form to fire South Africa and Sri Lanka. The only other 100 percent record belongs to Pakistan, which posted three Super 12 victories out of three against Afghanistan.

Victory for Australia or England will put them within walking distance of the semi-finals, as well as providing the first bragging rights ahead of the first Ashes Test on December 8. You won’t miss a trick between now and then.

England and Australia meet in hopes of providing a T20 World Cup X factor

England and Australia meet in hopes of providing a T20 World Cup X factor

Above all, perhaps, the ICC will wait for an occasion to bring the World Cup to life. Ten of the 12 games so far have been won by the team that hit second, placing too much importance on pitch, while only three sides have won more than 160 and only three games have been resolved in the last final.

Scotland’s first-round qualification provided an early feel-good story, and Pakistan’s 10-wicket hammering over India a poignant part of the story. On Friday, the West Indies and Bangladesh went down to the last ball. But the tournament needs more X factor than that, and Saturday can provide it.

Neither party will want to give an inch. Australia did not enjoy their last World Cup encounter with England, an eight-wicket defeat in the semi-final of the 50-year-old version at Edgbaston two years ago, and is in no mood to repeat. The fact that both teams fear each other means that each will be eager to land the first blow.

The competition has not yet started with the launch of the coin which has a great influence on the results.

The competition has not yet started with the launch of the coin which has a great influence on the results.

The competition has not yet started with the launch of the coin which has a great influence on the results.

The seasoned Eoin Morgan is well used to big battles with the Australians.

The seasoned Eoin Morgan is well used to big battles with the Australians.

Aaron Finch hopes to avenge Australia's big loss to England two years ago

Aaron Finch hopes to avenge Australia's big loss to England two years ago

England and Australia are the first to set the pace and both will try to seal a place in the semi-finals.

“It will probably be one of our most difficult matches in this group stage,” England captain Eoin Morgan said. ‘Australia is a very strong team. Going into the tournament, they would probably be considered second favorites along with us. ”

That was overstating the case: England are at the top of the standings, while Australia is sixth, and recently lost 4-1 to the West Indies and Bangladesh. But it conveyed mutual respect.

Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins agreed. “They’ve probably been on the best team in the last few years in white ball cricket,” he said. “We know it’s a great game in the context of reaching the semi-finals.”

England have the deepest and most explosive batting lineup, but they will have noticed a long delayed half century for Australian starter David Warner in Thursday’s win against Sri Lanka, even if he benefited from goalkeeper Kusal’s knockdown of the tournament. Perera.

England, the number one team in the world, is well versed in all areas and has started up so far

England, the number one team in the world, is well versed in all areas and has started up so far

England, the number one team in the world, is well versed in all areas and has started up so far

Australian David Warner seems to be improving at the right time and will be a threat.

Australian David Warner seems to be improving at the right time and will be a threat.

Australian David Warner seems to be improving at the right time and will be a threat.

Then there are the maverick qualities of Glenn Maxwell, who helped steal a one-day series at Old Trafford in 2020 with a 108 of 90 balls that included seven sixes, several of Adil Rashid’s leg breaks.

But it’s Australia’s bowlers who are most likely to have given England a sleepless night. A top-notch trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Cummins are formidable in any format, while leg-spinner Adam Zampa took two of 12 in four game-changing transfers against Sri Lanka.

If there is a weakness for England to explode, it will be Australia’s fifth bowler, usually a combination of Maxwell’s side effects and the median pace of Marcus Stoinis and Mitchell Marsh.

But it takes a lot to baffle Morgan, who is gearing up for his 71st white ball game against the Australians and has seen most of it before. “If we can’t gain that momentum, we have guys who can fight or fight back,” he said. ‘That’s probably what makes us a tough team to play against. We always have a hand or a trick to play, regardless of the situation we find ourselves in. ”

Australian bowler Pat Cummins says the result will mark a milestone for this winter's Ashes series

Australian bowler Pat Cummins says the result will mark a milestone for this winter's Ashes series

Australian bowler Pat Cummins says the result will mark a milestone for this winter’s Ashes series

He even seemed relaxed about the possibility of losing the draw, leaving his bowlers at the mercy of Dubai’s evening spray: “There is always an advantage in chasing, statistically, regardless of which country you play in.”

In fact, prior to Friday’s two games, there hadn’t been exactly any advantage whatsoever: of Twenty20’s 1,318 international matches that ended not tied or no result, 659 had been won by the side that hit first and 659 by the side that hit first. side that hit. second.

And there is little doubt what Morgan or his Australian counterpart Aaron Finch will do if they call correctly. So far, the only team that has chosen to hit is Afghanistan.

Morgan, who last played test cricket in 2012, in Dubai, as it happens, did not foresee relevance of Saturday’s result for this winter’s Ashes. But Cummins, who will lead Australia’s attack in Testing, was not entirely prepared to disassociate the two formats.

England Captain Morgan (right) is not fazed by the talk and is set for a battle on Saturday.

England Captain Morgan (right) is not fazed by the talk and is set for a battle on Saturday.

England Captain Morgan (right) is not fazed by the talk and is set for a battle on Saturday.

THREE KEY BATTLES – ENG V AUS

Moeen Ali vs. David Warner

Ali’s power play has been a revelation so far, taking him 7-1-35-4 against the West Indies and Bangladesh. And Warner’s left-hander will tempt Eoin Morgan to stick with the ploy. During his test run, Ali fired Warner more times, four, than any other Australian hitter.

Mitchell Starc vs. Jason Roy

Roy knocked Starc out of attack just five overs in England’s chase in the 2019 World Cup semi-final, but Starc’s left arm swing knocked him over the first ball during an ODI in Manchester in September. 2020 is a battle that could shape the top of England’s innings, and possibly the match.

Glenn Maxwell vs. Liam Livingstone

Two men who like to do things their own way. Both are destructive all over the field, with Maxwell always looking for the reverse hit, and both bowling underrated, with Livingstone switching between rests and leg rests depending on the batter. If any of the players come out, the game will know.

“There are some players that will be in the Ashes on both sides,” he said.

“It would be great to have one on the board against them.”

It’s always great when England play Australia. If they can produce a thriller on Saturday, the rest of the world can thank them too.

Ashley Mallett, one of Australia’s top bowlers, died at the age of 76 in Adelaide after battling cancer.

Mallett took 132 proving grounds at an average of 29.84 in 38 games between 1968 and 1980.

The silent and lanky bowler, who was ironically nicknamed ‘Rowdy,’ worked as a journalist, commentator, author, and bowler coach after his playing career.

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