Aaron Finch relishing a “blockbuster” semi-final when Australia take on old enemies England in the last four.
Captain Aaron Finch is expecting a red-hot atmosphere when Australia take on England at Edgbaston in the World Cup semi-finals on Thursday (Australia 11/10, England 8/11 – Match Betting).
A second defeat of the tournament – by 10 runs to South Africa – saw the Baggy Greens finish second in the table behind India and they will take on the third-placed hosts in Birmingham next week.
The Three Lions have dominated the Aussies in ODI cricket in recent times but it was the men in green and gold who triumphed earlier in the competition, pulling off a 64-run triumph at Lord’s as England’s batsmen crumbled.
Eoin Morgan’s men will be out for revenge as they seek a first appearance in a World Cup final since 1992 (England & India 7/4 jt-favs – Outright Betting).
It is always a vociferous and highly-charged affair when the old enemies meet on the cricket pitch but, with so much as stake and the controversy surrounding David Warner and Steve Smith, it is likely to be ramped up considerably in the Second City.
Finch is looking forward to it and believes the supporters of both teams will play their part in proceedings.
“It is going to be a blockbuster,” he said. “It doesn’t get much bigger than England v Australia in a World Cup semi-final.
“The fans are always entertaining down there. It is going to be a fantastic atmosphere.”
One of the key battles will be how England’s top order take on Aussie paceman Mitchell Starc (2/1 Top Aus Wicket Taker), who leads the tournament wicket-taker’s race with 26 scalps to date at an average of 16.61.
Joe Root will, once again, be key to the home side’s chances and can be backed at 11/4 to be England’s top run scorer in the contest.