England vs Australia, Match 36 ICC World Cup, 4 November 2023, 2 PM IST, Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
England and Australia are all set to face each other in the 36th match of World Cup 2023 on Saturday, November 4. The Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad will host the contest.
England have had a disastrous campaign thus far as they are languishing at the bottom of the points table. Barring their win over Bangladesh at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala, the Three Lions have had very little to cheer for in the tournament.
After getting hammered by South Africa at the Wankhede Stadium where they lost by 229 runs, they slumped to a 100-run defeat at the hands of England. It is safe to say that England’s hopes of making it through to the semis are all but over.
Australia, on the other hand, made a slow start after losing to India and South Africa. But since then, the five-time champions have upped their game. From once tottering at the bottom of the table, the Aussies broke into the top four.
Having won four matches in a row, Pat Cummins and Co. will be brimming with confidence. Moreover, the win by 309 runs against the Netherlands should keep them in good stead ahead of the match against the Brits.
Team Form, Last 5 Matches for England: L, L, L, L, W
Team Form, Last 5 Matches for Australia: W, W, W, W, L
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England have had plenty of problems in the World Cup. Ben Stokes not bowling has disturbed the balance of the team to a large extent. Stokes played a handy knock against Sri Lanka, but Jos Buttler’s men missed his services with the ball in hand.
Joe Root started the World Cup with two half-centuries, but he lost his form midway through the tournament. Barring his century against Shakib Al Hasan’s Bangladesh, Dawid Malan has looked out of sorts as well.
Reece Topley getting ruled out due to injury has hurt England big time. Adil Rashid has been the standout bowler for them with eight wickets to his name. Chris Woakes and Sam Curran have had their fair share of ups and downs in the championship.
David Willey, who has been excellent in the powerplay, has announced his retirement from international cricket at the end of the World Cup after being left out of the contracts mid-tournament. Willey will be key again if England are to get a consolation win and also put a dent, even if minor, on Australia's campaign.
Probable Best Batter: Joe Root
Probable Best Bowler: Adil Rashid
Probable Playing XI: Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (c & wk), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Australia looked rusty in the tournament and it was said that fatigue might have got the better of them. But the Kangaroos have turned their fortunes around in an incredible manner and have put themselves forward as strong contenders to qualify for the semi-final.
The return of Travis Head has boosted them significantly. Head played in the match against New Zealand after returning from an injury layoff. He did not die wondering and rather, racked up a century of 59 balls. David Warner is also in the form of his life.
Adam Zampa looked lackluster in the first two games before he picked up three four-wicket hauls in a row. The leg-spinner picked up three four-wicket hauls in a row and has accounted for 16 wickets in the World Cup 2023.
The pace bowling trio of Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins have picked up a combined tally of 23 wickets. Mitchell Marsh, meanwhile, has returned home for personal reasons and won't feature in the match in a big blow for Australia.
Probable Best Batter: David Warner
Probable Best Bowler: Adam Zampa
Probable Playing XI: David Warner, Travis Head, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
Four wins in a row!
— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) October 28, 2023
Pitch Report and Expected Weather Conditions for ENG vs AUS
The pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium is expected to be a sporting one. Bowlers will have seam and swing on offer. Rachin Ravindra and Devon Conway scored hundreds in the tournament opener, suggesting that batters can taste success. Batting under the floodlights is going to get a lot easier.
There is no chance of rain for the time being in Ahmedabad. Playing conditions will be hot the humid with temperatures around the 35-degree Celsius mark. There will be a 7 percent cloud, but it is not threatening.
Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad ODI Records
Total Matches: 28
Matches Won batting first: 14
Match Won bowling first: 14
Average 1st innings score: 249
Average 2nd innings score: 252
England vs Australia Dream11 Match Prediction
Wicket-keepers: Jonny Bairstow
Batters: David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Travis Head, Dawid Malan
All-Rounders: David Willey
Bowlers: Adil Rashid, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa
Recommended Captain: David Warner
Recommended Vice-Captain: Adam Zampa
England batters have faltered big time in World Cup 2023. Hence, we have picked four bowlers from the Australian cricket team. If you are planning to leave any of them out, do not pick Zampa as the leg-spinner has been the pick of the bowlers for Australia.
David Warner and Travis Head should definitely be picked given their form. Among the English players, one should not leave out Adil Rashid. Since Glenn Maxwell is unavailable due to injury, David Willey should be your pick from the all-rounder’s category.
England vs Australia win prediction: Australia to win
Australia will go into the match as firm favorites without a shred of a doubt. It is tough to rule the Aussies out given the kind of form they have shown. Although they do not have Maxwell for the upcoming game, the others, Cameron Green, and Marcus Stoinis are more than capable of playing the big shots.
England, on the other hand, are in absolute shambles. They had a chance of snapping their losing streak in the match against India. But chasing a target of 230, they were bowled out for 129. Buttler has said that the Three Lions have fallen way short of executing their plans.
In World Cups, Australia have won six out of nine matches against England. When they last met, England beat their opponents by eight wickets at the Edgbaston in Birmingham.