Both England and Australia are unbeaten in the tournament so far. They have registered two wins out of two. There will be a loser on Saturday, which means one team will move to the top of the points table in Group 1 while the other team will be pushed down to number two. Considering this group has been billed as the group of death, both Australia and England will be keen to all but secure their semis spot with a win in Dubai. The England-Australia clash on Saturday will begin at 7:30 PM IST and 6:00 PM local time.
After beginning the tournament with a sublime win over West Indies, England were dominant against Bangladesh as well. Their spinners bamboozled the top and middle-order, with Liam Livingstone being the surprise weapon. Jason Roy then made an excellent fifty to guide the team to victory in an easy chase. They will of course be keen for Eoin Morgan to strike form before it is too late.
Having defeated South Africa in their first Super 12 encounter, Australia proved too good for Sri Lanka as well. Leg-spinner Adam Zampa struck game-changing blows while Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc also picked up key wickets. When it was Australia’s turn to bat, David Warner found form with a well-compiled fifty while Aaron Finch looked good for his 37. Steve Smith is doing a good anchoring role while Marcus Stoinis has impressed as finisher so far.
England’s Predicted XI: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (c), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Tymal Mills
Australia’s Predicted XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
Top fantasy picks for England vs Australia clash: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, David Warner, Adam Zampa, Marcus Stoinis
--Renin Wilben Albert