The clash between two of the game’s biggest rivals, which also happens to be the oldest rivalry in cricket, is set to resume in a game of contrasting importance for the sides involved, with the hosts England having the opportunity to knock Australia out of the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
The Aussies will be looking at this game as a virtual quarter-final as they need to ensure a win for advancing to the semi-finals. If they lose, it will be Bangladesh who will get the ticket to the last-four stage of the competition.
On the other hand, England can lose this game and nothing will change for it. It has not only qualified for the semi-finals, but also sealed the top spot with two victories from as many games. With rain ruining other games in the group, no other team can get close enough.
Live action of this Group A fixture is scheduled to begin at 3.30pm BdST.
The Edgbaston pitch will be a fresh one after the game between South Africa and Pakistan on Wednesday was played on the surface that was used for the previous two matches at the ground. That should mean it has plenty of pace and bounce and will generally be good for batting. The forecast predicts overcast conditions which may even up the balance for the bowlers somewhat but rain is not scheduled until early evening which should mean a full game is possible.
Rain threat over the crucial contest looms large as all three games here at Edgbaston have been affected by the weather, one being Australia-New Zealand washout while games between India and Pakistan, and South Africa and Pakistan, had to be curtailed.
England (possible): EJG Morgan (Captain), JJ Roy, AD Hales, JE Root, BA Stokes, JC Buttler (wkt), MM Ali, AU Rashid, LE Plunkett, MA Wood, JT Ball
Australia (possible): D Warner, A Finch, S Smith, C Lynn, G Maxwell, T Head, M Wade, M Starc, J Hastings, P Cummins, J Hazlewood
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com