Australia have an incredible record of not having lost any of their previous seven World Cup semi-finals. Though England are pre-tournament favourites and have home advantage, it will not be easy to get it past their old foes
Birmingham: An exciting second semi-final is expected today (July 11) at Edgbaston in the ICC World Cup 2019 as hosts England face Australia.
Australia have an incredible record of not having lost any of their previous seven World Cup semi-finals. Though England are pre-tournament favourites and have home advantage, it will not be easy to get it past their old foes.
Here are 10 facts about Australia-England semi-final
1. 10 of the last 12 men’s ODI encounters between Australia and England have been won by England (L2), one of those two defeats inflicted upon England did come last time out however; a 64-run victory for Australia during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 group stage at Lord’s
2. Australia are currently enjoying a four-match winning streak over England in ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup matches; England’s last such victory came in the 1992 tournament in Sydney
3. Australia have won the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup more often than any other side (five times), they’ve lifted the trophy in four of the last five editions; England have never managed to win this competition
4. England have beaten Australia in three successive men’s ODI matches at Edgbaston; the Australian men’s side have failed to win in nine matches at the Birmingham venue across all formats (L8, D1), last recording any sort of win there back in 2001 (Test match)
5. England have put together a four-game winning run in men’s ODIs at Edgbaston, including victory over India during the group stages of this ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup; they have never claimed victory five times in a row there though
6. Australia have been involved in seven previous ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup semifinals and have progressed to the final every time (W6 T1); England have won three of their last four at this stage of the competition, however this is the first time they have reached this point since 1992
7. Mitchell Starc (Australia) needs one more wicket to set a record for the most wickets taken at a single edition of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup; he’s currently level with Glenn McGrath’s tally of 26 in 2007
8. Jason Behrendorff took his only five-wicket haul in ODI cricket when Australia faced England during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 group stage; his 5/44 in that match went down as the fourth-best ODI figures at Lord’s against England.
9. England duo Jofra Archer and Mark Wood have picked up more wickets from short balls at ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 than anyone else; taking 10 and six respectively
10. Australia’s Steve Smith has only managed to record one half-century in his last 10 ODI innings versus England, that 50 did come at Edgbaston however (56 in 2017); he’s been dismissed five times by Adil Rashid in this format, two more instances than any other bowler has managed
Last Updated Jul 11, 2019, 10:35 AM IST