In the second match of day-1 in 2015 world cup, Australia to take on England in their home conditions at MCG in Melbourne on 14 February, valentine day. The match is scheduled to start at 14:30 local time and 3:30 GMT. George Bailey will be leading Australia whereas Eoin Morgan to captain England in the tournament.
Date: 14 February, 2015
Time: 14:30 AEDT, 3:30 GMT
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Australia is one of the hot favorites to win 2015 cricket world cup and in the recent time they have played like a champion team. They beat India and England in the Carlton mid ODI tri-series to win the triangular series and also defeated India comprehensively in warm-up game by 106 runs. They have got perfect batting and bowling line up to win tomorrow’s match against England.
George Bailey will be the center of attraction for Australia team management in the match as he hasn’t scored much runs in the past few months. Regular captain Michael Clarke will be playing next world cup match against Bangladesh hence it will be difficult for Bailey to make place in the team when Clarke returns.
At the top of the order Australia has got dangerous David Warner and Aaron Finch who can provide good start.
At number three all-rounder Shane Watson is there if Australia gets early blow. Steve Smith will be the key batsman in the middle order at number 4. Glenn Maxwell will be hitting ball all over the park in the last overs of inning. After this George Bailey and Haddin to make quick runs at the end.
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So over all batting is solid for Australia. What to say about bowling when Mitchell Johnson, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchel Starc are there in the side. Australian team is having some good all-rounders in the squad like Mitchell Marsh, Watson, Maxwell and Smith who can bowl as well. So it will be great to watch tomorrow’s game and it is expected that Australia will win it.
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English side will be eyeing to beat Australia for the first time in past one month as three times these two sides face each other in tri-series including final and all 3 times Australia defeat England. If England wants to win tomorrow’s match they need to score big runs against Australian powerful bowling line-up. They need to eliminate Johnson’s X-factor from their mind to win.
Ian Bell and Moeen Ali need to provide good start and Moeen should not throw his wicket after making 30-40 runs. He gets start but always gift his wicket to opposition bowlers. At number three England will be depending on James Taylor who played brilliant match winning inning against India in a triangular series match. England can also drop Ravi Bopara to make Alex Hales open for them and let Bell plays on number 3.
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Eoin Morgan, Joe Root and Jos Buttler need to stay on the wicket to make runs. Root is in good touch and played well in the warm-up matches also. Captain has to make runs if England wants to win tomorrow at MCG. English bowling will be highly depended on James Anderson, Steve Finn and Stuart Broad. Chris Woakes needs to play major part in the middle overs along with Moeen Ali to stop Aussies. Let’s have a look at the probable playing XIs for both sides in tomorrow’s match.
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Expected Playing 11s
|George Bailey (Captain)||Eoin Morgan (Captain)|
|Aaron Finch||Moeen Ali|
|David Warner||James Taylor|
|Steven Smith||Joe Root|
|Shane Watson||Ian Bell|
|Glenn Maxwell||Jos Buttler|
|Brad Haddin||Ravi Bopara|
|Mitchell Johnson||Stuart Broad|
|Josh Hazlewood||James Anderson|
|Mitchell Starc||Chris Woakes|
|Mitchell Marsh||Steve Finn|