England vs Australia Live Cricket Score: ICC Champions Trophy 2013

Jonathan Trott will be crucial for England early on in the innings against Australia © Getty Images

Birmingham: Jun 8, 2013

England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and decided to bat first against Australia in the third match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013.

Their patchy form aside, Australia have a major worry to deal with as skipper Michael Clarke has been ruled out due to back injury.

The inspirational skipper is a crucial cog in the Australian scheme of things given that his batting form has more often than not been the difference between a win and loss for the team in the past few months.

England, on the other hand, would be looking to flourish in familiar conditions even though they endured an ODI series loss to a rather weak New Zealand just before the Champions Trophy.

But an overall assessment of their ODI stats would reveal that since 2010, England have won 23 and lost only 11 of the 37 matches they have played at home.

A look at the team sheets gives a fair idea of just why the hosts would be the favourites Saturday.

Australia, a team well past its glory days, is struggling to cope with what has been a tormenting transitional phase.

The side’s batting has looked brittle and this frailty was most recently exposed in the warm-up match against India last week when they were bowled out for just 65 runs while a chasing a steep 309.

Teams:

England: Alastair Cook (c), Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler (wk), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, James Tredwell, James Anderson

Australia: David Warner, Shane Watson, Phil Hughes, George Bailey (c), Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade (w), James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Clint McKay

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(With inputs from PTI)