England breakthrough as Warner falls in do-or-die game for Australia

Posted June 10, 2017

Smith's side contains several proven match-winners and the skipper said he expected his team to raise their game on Saturday. A team playing, arguably, the most exciting cricket in the world; a team who make time for every selfie, every autograph and just about every interview request. "They don't like to change a lot so from our aspect that's something we can play on". So hopefully, they don't turn up and play the game they're capable of and let us into the game.

The pitch will be quite new, which was set to be used during the Pakistan vs South Africa game on Wednesday but was soft due to rain.

Smith's men appeared nearly throughout to be on target for a 300-plus total on a very good pitch, but they lacked a pivotal individual innings. "They've played some good cricket, particularly here in England, and know these conditions well".

It is cricket's greatest showpiece in 50-over form.

England have already booked their place in the last four after thrashing Bangladesh and New Zealand.

And Morgan knows he never will.

England and Yorkshire's Joe Root during a nets session at Edgbaston.

With two wins from two, the English have already qualified. But if history shows Australia always manage to find their mojo when it comes to a do or die situation in Major Tournaments.

Only when Morgan was questioned on why he has changed the habit of a cricketing lifetime in this tournament and started to sing the national anthem before play was Mr Cool in any way flustered.

"We're playing Australia and it's a big game for us".

Home side England shall be locking horns against arch rivals Australia in Champions Trophy Group A match in Birmingham on Saturday. Now as it comes, we have to peak at the end and that is how tournament play normally is.

Morgan has previously and pointedly remained silent while his team-mates exercised their vocal chords. 'No, I don't want to.' But have you made a conscious decision to.

It tells you much about the confidence around the England team at present that, on the eve of a match against a foe that has caused them much pain over the years, they were asked about the danger of complacency. The left-armer's ODI bowling average is a sparkling 19.89.

As the tournament enters its final round of group matches, Cardiff will host two big games that will help decide which teams reach the Final at The Oval on Sunday 18 June.

The top-order - comprising David Warner, Aaron Finch and Steven Smith - has still spent some time in the middle but the middler-order is severely short on match practice. "I think we'll come down here tomorrow and have another look". I think that builds trust within a group. "You'd rather this sort of thing is sorted out".