Australia have been doing pretty well in the ongoing ICC World Cup where they finished the group stage at the second position after India. They will now face the hosts England on Thursday. Their off-spinner Nathan Lyon has shared that England are favourites in the upcoming semi-final clash. They surprisingly lost to South Africa by 10-run at Old Trafford on Saturday. However, Australia beat England by 64 runs in the group league match and finished above England.
“They’re full of world-class players and they’ve been the number one team for a couple of years now,” Nathan Lyon said. “They should be going into this World Cup as favourites, it’s all on them. It’s their World Cup to lose if you ask me. We’ve got nothing to lose, we’ve only got stuff to gain. That’s the exciting thing about it.”
Mitchell Starc, on the other hand, doing wonders who took two wickets for 59 against South Africa and equalled Glenn McGrath’s record of 26 scalps at a single World Cup.
“I had a bit of ice on it but it’s pretty good. Let’s see how it pulls up (on Sunday) morning but I’m feeling pretty confident with it all and have been throughout the tournament so far,” Mitchell Starc said.
“The blueprint the last time we played England was to take early wickets,” he said while speaking about the plan against their arch-rival. “They’ll get Jason Roy back for the fixture, so we’re going to have a few days now to discuss if we need to change anything but I think the way we played England last time was a great blueprint moving forward.”
However, former England captain Kevin Pietersen said Eoin Morgan was afraid of facing Starc.
“I don’t know, is he? You’ll have to ask him,” Starc told. “I think the short ball has worked to a lot of people in the World Cup. It’s definitely a plan for some guys who have got a bit of extra pace. Slower bouncer as well. I guess we’ll have to assess where the wicket is; is it short side or long side? Whether it’s got some pace or not and see if we can get Eoin one way or another again,” he further concluded.