Cricket World Cup 2019: ENG vs AUS: Unchanged England opt to bowl against Australia; Lyon, Behrendorff in for Aus

England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to bowl first against Australia in Match 32 of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Lord’s, London on Tuesday.

England are unchanged, despite a late injury scare to pacer Jofra Archer. For Australia, they have left out Nathan Coulter-Nile and Adam Zampa, bringing in Jason Behrendorff and Nathan Lyon.

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Playing XIs: 

England: James Vince, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood

Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey(w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff

PITCH REPORT: The pitch is a little bit to the east and it means the square boundaries are short. The straight boundaries are huge though. It’s overcast, there might be a bit of movement, some green grass on the pitch, but it’s dry underneath, although it looks a bit cold. The captain winning the toss would like to bowl first.

Eoin Morgan: We are going to bowl. No-brainer, it’s a bit soft on the top, it rained overnight and the wicket was under covers. Hopefully, the sun will cxome out later and make batting easy. We are playing the same XI. Jofra had a slight side issue and we had a precautionery fitness test. We are confident, we have had some success against Australia recently and think we have a good side.

Aaron Finch: Not too disappointed about batting first. Wasn’t too sure about the wicket, but I would have probably bowled first as well. Two changes for us – Nathan Lyon and Jason Behrendorff in for Nathan Coulter-Nile and Adam Zampa.