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Australia vs England, World Cup 2019 2nd Semi-Final Buildup: Eoin Morgan’s England look to topple defending champions

World Cup 2019 Semi-Final, Australia vs England (AUS vs ENG) Buildup: Australia will take on England in the second semi-final of ICC World Cup 2019 at Edgbaston on Thursday.

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World Cup 2019 Semi-Final, Aus vs Eng Playing 11: Australia coach Justin Langer with skipper Aaron Finch during nets. (Reuters)

Australia will take on England in the second semi-final of ICC World Cup 2019 at Edgbaston on Thursday. The defending champions enter the match on the back of a 10-run defeat against South Africa in their last league stage match. Despite few injury setbacks, the Australian side will bank on their star-performers David Warner, Mitchell Starc to make an impact in the contest. All eyes will also be on Peter Handscomb who is all set to make his World Cup debut against England.

England, on the other hand, are playing their first semi-final since 1992. For Eoin Morgan’s Men, it will be about playing the brand of cricket they are known to play in the last four years. England is expected to play the same side as both Jason Roy and Jorfra Archer looked fit in the last match.

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Australia vs England Predicted Playing 11, World Cup 2019 2nd Semi-Final LIVE Updates: 

Playing XIs

Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Steven Smith, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey(w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon

England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood

Toss update

Aaron Finch wins the toss and elects to bat first. Peter Handscomb to make his World Cup debut. 

Marcus Stoinis during the nets

ENG vs AUS: Weather and Pitch report

WEATHER: Poor weather conditions, which disrupted the first semi-final between India and New Zealand, are likely to hinder the clash between England and Australia too.

PITCH: The pitch turns slow as the game progresses and it gets difficult to bat in the second innings, something which we saw in the match between England and India played at the same venue. [READ MORE]

Eoin Morgan’s England ‘a different animal’, says Liam Plunkett

The side under Eoin Morgan is “a different sort of animal” compared to previous English teams who can beat anyone on their day, paceman Liam Plunkett said ahead of Thursday’s World Cup semi-final against Australia. "We're a different sort of animal compared to our last team. And we feel on our day if we play some good cricket we can beat anyone in the world," said Liam Plunkett. [READ MORE]

Eoin Morgan wants to use ‘The E Factor’ against Australia

England captain Eoin Morgan is hoping to take advantage of the Edgbaston effect in the Cricket World Cup semifinal against Australia on Thursday. "I think that is part and parcel of being the hosts, a little bit of home advantage,” Morgan said. “I think it plays a part here at Edgbaston. There is a reason we do have a lot of success here. The wicket tends to suit us, but also the support as well," he said. [READ MORE]

Nice guys who want to finish first

Ahead of the blockbuster semifinal between the Ashes rivals, The Indian Express zooms in on the men from Down Under — a team that may not have forgotten how to win, but whose personnel might have dropped their boorishness for good. [READ MORE]

England take on ‘perfect’ Australia for final prize

For England to advance to the Cricket World Cup final in front of its own fans, Australia must do something it has never done before in seven previous semifinals at the tournament. Five-time champion Australia and six-time semifinalist England meet Thursday at Edgbaston in an eagerly awaited match with the winner playing India or New Zealand in Sunday’s final at Lord’s. [PREVIEW]

Hello and Welcome!

Hello and welcome to the LIVE COVERAGE of the semi-final match between Australia and New Zealand. The English side suffered a drop in their form, losing two matches on the trot midway during the league stages. However, the Eoin Morgan-side got back the lost rhythm at the right moment and would like to carry the momentum going into the clash. 

Australia, on the other hand, will go into the contest with brimming confidence. The defending champions have never faltered in the seven previous semifinals at the tournament, and they would like to make it eight when they take on the hosts at Edgbaston. 

Stay tuned for LIVE UPDATES! 

Probable XI:

ENG: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Jofra Archer, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid

AUS: Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steve Smith, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff, Natham Lyon