A run glut expected at Centurian
Traditional rivals England and Australia will have a go once again
when each other meets in the first semi final of the Champions Trophy at
Centurion Park today.
Australia a few weeks ago completed a 6\1 ODI series win after the
losing the Ashes Series, but England has come back strongly since their
win over Sri Lanka and South Africa in the Champions Trophy and
definitely looks a force to be reckoned with.
The pitch at centurion a batsmen friendly one with a fair chance for
the bowlers, is different from chalk and cheese in comparison to the
Wanderers at Johanessburg. Both Sri Lanka and England scored over 300
runs and both teams won their matches against South Africa.
Both teams look set for an absorbing contest with Australia slightly
inexperienced and England having a better record at Centurion Park. The
Australian pace attack being spearheaded by seasoned Brett Lee and
Mitchelle Johnson who could break the backbone of any batting side.
Equal to the task are England’s James Anderson and Stuart Broad.
England after beating Sri Lanka convincingly when down to New Zealand
at Wanderers while Australia defeated Pakistan in a close contest at
Centurion to clinch a place in the semi final denying India.
Australia will go into the semi final sans their deputy skipper
Michael Clark who pulled out from the tournament after failing to
recover from back injury.
Australia: Ricky Ponting (Captain), Nathan Bracken, Callum
Furguson, Nathan Hauritz, Ben Hifenhaus, James Hopes, Michael
Hussy,Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Tim Paine, Peter Siddle, Adam Voges,
Shane Watson, Cameron White.
England: Andrew Strauss, James Anderson. Ravi Bopara, Tim
Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Joe Denley, Eoin Morgan, Graham
Onions, Matt Prior, Adil Rashid, Owais Shah, Ryan Sidebottom, Graem
Swan, Luke Wright.