In a critical encounter at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, Australia has brought in Cameron Green and Marcus Stonis to fill the shoes of the in-form duo Glenn Maxwell and Mitch Marsh for their clash against England.
England Retains Same Squad Despite Recent Loss
Despite their recent defeat against India, England has chosen to stick with the same XI for the first of their three must-win matches. The defending champions are clinging onto their slim semi-final hopes in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.
England’s Struggle for Semi-Final Spot
After suffering five losses in six matches, the titleholders find themselves at the bottom of the standings, almost out of the race for the knockout stages. To keep their semi-final dreams alive, England must win all their remaining matches with a significant boost to their net run rate, while also relying on favorable outcomes in other matches.
Australia’s Resurgence in the Tournament
Despite a sluggish start to the tournament, Australia has bounced back with four consecutive victories. A win against England would not only secure their place in the knockout stages but also end the campaign of their arch-rivals.
Key Players Missing for Australia
Australia will face their traditional rivals without Maxwell, who suffered a concussion in a golf cart incident, and Marsh, who has returned home due to personal reasons.
Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (c), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
David Warner, Travis Head, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis, Cameron Green, Marcus Stonis, Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.