England v Australia – ICC Champions Trophy Semi Final
England are through to the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy and now have the luxury of facing Australia at Edgbaston on Saturday knowing a win would knock their old rivals out of the competition.
It is a strong position to be in albeit a trifle fortunate – down in part to the way the poor weather has hampered the baggy cap brigade.
England go into the clash in good form after crushing New Zealand at Cardiff.
Hales, Root, Stokes and Buttler were all in the runs while the bowlers, headed by Liam Plunkett, proved highly effective.
Having already qualified, will England lack a degree of motivation and take their feet off the gas?
Surely not. This is Australia … you savour any victory over the “criminals”.
But Australia tend to perform when under pressure and have a good record in knock-out cricket.
Nothing more dangerous than an Australian cricketer with his back against the wall.
The squad will know that the media back home will tear them to shreds if they fail to pull off a win.
Mind you, that’s why it would be all the sweeter for England if they could come out on top.
It promises to be a hugely entertaining contest.
England normally do well at Edgbaston. It is a venue they enjoy and there is always a supportive and rabble-rousing crowd.
Both sides know their opponents’ strengths and weaknesses inside out.
It could come down to fine margins.
Trent Bridge Hospitality – England v South Africa & West Indies
Eventmasters are delighted to offer official Trent Bridge hospitality packages for two huge international encounters in 2017. Trent Bridge, home of Notts CCC, is always one of the most popular venues and the hospitality on offer in the Sobers Hall, Boundary’s Edge and Derek Randall Suite offer you the chance to see England v South Africa and England v West Indies in VIP style.