Australia beat England in the warm-up in a very exciting match that England looked like winning right up until the end, so surely that means that Australia will win this too. Except that that was just a warm-up match. Australia were on a 12-match winning streak but then they lost to India. Australia have had problems with figuring out what their best XI is too, especially once Marcus Stoinis was out injured. In the last match they had him back, and also brought Zampa in, but there is a question as to whether it should have been Lyon. England, for their part, have looked on fire in all facets, other than that shock loss to Sri Lanka and another massive upset when they lost to Pakistan. England need to win this, and they should win it, but will they actually win it?
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Five Fearless Predictions:
(1) Nathan Lyon will play
I know that Australia have this habit of playing the same XI no matter what but Zampa was horrible and Lyon deserves to be given a shot. It’s the one thing left to discuss in their line-up and surely that will happen. Fingers crossed I’m right!
(2) Ben Stokes will go one better
He was phenomenal in the last match and should have got England home, but for a poor shot from the number 11 at the other end. That kind of loss annoys a player, and spurs them on to better things. He was also fantastic in the first match, it should be noted. He likes playing against Australia so expect some big things here.
(3) Glenn Maxwell will shine
The guy has been starved for opportunities but is in incredible form, so I see him being pushed up the order here, perhaps even as high as number 3, and he will make the most of it. That runout when he was batting with Usman Khawaja was shocking.
(4) David Warner will put in another big one
Leading run-scorer, 3 man of the match awards out of 6, yet still people are saying he’s out of form? Well, he’s not. And he’s due for a big one, so I think he’ll do something big here.
(5) England will win
While I hate picking against my own team, I just see England with too much to play for here, and too good a team. In the warm-up match, England were the better side, just that they didn’t concentrate too much. The same thing happened against Sri Lanka. This is a must-win game for England, but not so much for Australia, and that should be motivation enough. It’ll be tight but I think England will get home.