We Talk About England vs Australia Cricket Match

we talk about England vs Australia cricket match England vs Australia match is part of ICC Cricket World Cup. The match starts on Nov 4, 2023, 8:30:00 AM UTC. Game is played at Narendra Modi Stadium

Nov 3, 2023 - 20:16
Nov 3, 2023 - 22:12

We were bad." Ben Stokes couldn't have summed up England better in this World Cup. For that matter, there couldn't have been anyone else in the English camp or anyone else who had to endure their abysmal progress in this tournament. So far, they've been anything but "crooked". No. And it's remarkable how quickly interest around the defending champions has faded even though they were once again on many pundits' favorites.

In that sense, the clash against Australia could not have come at a better time for this confused and disillusioned England side. If nothing else, it at least instills some sort of interest and energy in the competition, even if it doesn't affect their promotion. You don't have to wait for the match to start though. As expected there has been plenty of chatter and 'wind' from both camps in the lead up to the match, as it is Australia vs England, with no connection to where the two teams currently sit in the points table.

So, what if the best barb between the two sides dropped came from England's Test captain and superstar about his own ODI team on the eve of the match? No prizes for guessing the narrative from the Ashes carried forward here.

It doesn't help that the past few weeks have seen more backlash in England about some of the events of three months ago. Jonny Bairstow and his stumping lead the way in the second Test at Lord's. But there have also been many jokes about England's search for a "moral victory" that did the rounds incessantly during the Ashes. And a moral victory is the best Jos Buttler and his team can aim for at this stage of their topsy-turvy campaign. A win for them would likely derail Australia's hopes of securing their place in the semi-finals, even if Pat Cummins' side are currently in the best position to get there from their third position.

Cummins, true to form, dismissed the pre-match talk and spoke of their resistance to having played in these matches for nearly a decade.

"There's always chatter before any game (between Australia and England). So, I think you're immune to it. You know the cricket speaks for itself. Everything else is hype and noise for a game that everyone's really excited about." she said.

As opposition captains they couldn't drink to each other at The Oval after the Ashes, but for once both Cummins and Stokes agreed on something, with the senior England player also having a few words in the lead-up.

"When England play Australia there's always a bit more chatter and whatever. So yeah, you've seen it and I understand why. It's a lot like when India and Pakistan come and play each other. There's always going to be that rivalry," he said. said.

England may have been "crooked" for the past three weeks, but with their world title on the line, there's a chance to forget how bad they've been and briefly feel good about themselves. For one day, if only they could spoil the party for Australians. And that alone will be motivation for Butler & Co. on Saturday (November 4).

When: Australia v England, 4 November, 14.00 hrs local time, 19.30 hrs AEST

Where: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad

Tactics & Strategy:

With Australia yet to play the same XI for two straight games, there'll be an umpteenth shuffle in the batting order with Steve Smith going back to his favoured No. 3 and Marnus Labuschagne regaining his No. 4 position. The onus will be on Green and Stoinis to provide the firepower in the lower order in the absence of Maxwell. Australia will go hard like they have with David Warner and Travis Head at the top while they'll hope for Mitchell Starc, who's yet to have a big game with the ball, to get his radar right after an off day in Dharamsala.

Probable XI: David Warner, Travis Head, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis (wk), Cameron Green, Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood


With their bowlers coming through in the game against India, it is unlikely that England will make any changes to their attack. And it's unlikely that they'll leave out one of their senior players out, which is the only way Harry Brook could come into the side.

Tactics & Strategy:

Well, as Stokes put it on Friday (November 3), there's really no solution that the team has identified to the multitude of problems that have resulted in England's forgettable campaign. The tactics and strategy will revolve around basic plans like their batters finally scoring some runs and make sure that their bowlers have either something meaningful to defend or that they make a good fist of however well their bowlers go.

Probable XI: Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (c&wk), Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood


England Squad: Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w/c), Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Sam Curran, Harry Brook, Gus Atkinson, Brydon Carse

Australia Squad: David Warner, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Josh Inglis(w), Pat Cummins(c), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Sean Abbott

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