Australia left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc believes that Australia are best in knockout situations as they face England a must-win game on Saturday in the tenth match of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at Edgbaston.
There are two games remaining in Group A. The winner of Bangladesh-New Zealand match will have three points. Australia are currently on two points from two washouts. They must win their last group stage game against England to seal Semifinals berth.
“Our record’s pretty good in tournament play,” Starc said. “I reckon we probably perform at our best when we know it’s a knockout situation, when we need to really step up. I think that brings the best out of a lot of our players, so I think everyone’s looking forward to this fixture.”
Australia would feel lucky that their first match against New Zealand was washed out. They put on a better performance against Bangladesh. According to Starc, it’s a plus point for the Aussies.
“I think we had a much cleaner performance with the ball all round. We all contributed, we had a fair bit to talk about after the last fixture. It’s been pleasing to put that on the board and respond after the New Zealand game.
“It’s just nice to play cricket again, it’s been a long time. Nice to get these two games under the belt and get some rhythm back, great for the group to end on that positive note with the ball, leading into a big game now against England,” he added.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com