Former Australia batsman Michael Hussey has reckoned that their last group game of the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy 2017 against the hosts England will be a do-or-die one, and he hopes the rain will stay away for this all-important clash that can change all the calculations of the competition.
“It is do-or-die for Australia against England at Edgbaston on Saturday. Let’s hope the rain stays away and the Aussies can get out there and put on a show of their skills and talent,” he wrote in his recent column on icc-cricket.
Hussey also described the prospect of Australia’s getting eliminated of the tournament even without losing a match as “crazy”, as he wrote: “It seems crazy that a team can be knocked out or progress through to the semi-finals without even finishing a match, but both scenarios are still possible at this stage from an Australian point of view.”
As to who are the favorites ahead of the clash between the bitter rivals, the Australian surprisingly cast his vote into the English’s box.
“From an English perspective, I feel they come into the match as favorites. They have won both their matches, playing some excellent cricket with their confidence high. They are also playing at home where they know the conditions so well. Sometimes there is an extra pressure and expectation on the host nation to win, but I feel that this won’t affect England due to the calm nature of the leaders in the group.”
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com