Alex Carey bloodied as Australia makes horror start to semi-final

Alex Carey bloodied as Australia makes horror start to semi-final

The soon-to-happen England vs Australia semi-final in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup could be the source of massive disappointment for home fans - many of them have been left without match tickets due to Indian fans buying them off several days earlier.

One consistent factor in those losses was the absence of Plunkett, 34, who claims setbacks have only served to bolster England ahead of a clash with Aaron Finch's five-time winners. "We've tasted defeat and rebuilt from there". I don't think we were playing anywhere near our best cricket, there was a hangover from the Sri Lanka game.

"It will be a tough game, but we feel like we're maybe the favourites".

Roy is back from his torn hamstring and England looked far more formidable in the wins over India and New Zealand that took them to the semi-finals.

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Eoin Morgan's men have been irresistible in the format over the last four years but having won 17 consecutive run chases at home, they fell short batting second three times in the group stage. "Other people have played under pressure, they've played in IPL and competitions around the world", he said.

The golden duck was the fifth of Finch's career as he achieved an unenviable slice of history by becoming the first Australian opening batsman to be dismissed first ball in a World Cup fixture. We've performed really well in the last two games.

England lost three of their nine group-stage games, with back-to-back defeats to Sri Lanka and their semi-final opponents Australia casting their qualification for the knockout stage in some doubt. "We gave ourselves a kick up the backside and now we're in a good spot".

But England responded with impressive wins over India and New Zealand, and Morgan says it's a different team now compared to the one which lost by 64 runs to Australia at Lord's. They are good team, but we feel like we can go up another notch from where we have been in the last two games.