England Aim To Knock Out Australia

Champions Trophy Preview: England Aim To Knock Out Australia

2017-06-09
Preview of Saturday’s Champions Trophy game at Edgbaston.

England are 10/11 to deliver a knockout blow to Australia in their final group match in the Champions Trophy at Edgbaston on Saturday.

The Ashes rivals will square up for the second successive edition of the tournament, with England in the enviable position of knowing after their two Group A wins out of two so far that they have already booked a semi-final berth in Cardiff next Wednesday.

Before then, Australia will almost certainly need to beat Eoin Morgan's hosts in Birmingham to sneak a return to the same venue in the last four after their two washouts to date.

The tie is a repeat of the 2013 fixture, comfortably won by England on the way to that year's final.

888sport

Asked about the prospect of putting Australia out of the tournament, England’s Jos Buttler said: “We won't think too much about it ... but it is always nice to know that would be the outcome if we did win.

“We now know we have qualified for the semi-finals, but we want to be going into a semi-final on the back of a win - and we'll be desperate to do that on Saturday.”

Australia are also 10/11 to get the win they need to reach the last four but the odds for either team to win the tournament are very different, with England the 8/5 favourites and the Aussies 11/2.

The match offers Jason Roy another chance to try and find some form ahead of the semi-final, having endured a miserable run of performances. The opener has become close to runless in this summer's one-day internationals, mustering just 47 in seven innings.

England have vowed to stick by him but odds of 22/25 for England to score 30 or less for the first wicket are appealing, while Roy is 18/25 to be dismissed before fellow opener Alex Hales.