England to get 'reckless' in bid to knock Australia out
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 10, 2017,
Jun 10, 2017, 10:31
Five months ahead of the 2017 Ashes, two of the fiercest rivals in world cricket face off in a must-win ICC Champions Trophy match on Friday, a game that will live stream as tournament host England faces Australia - who will look to complete a match in the tournament for the first time after a pair of no-results due to inclement weather.
With India losing to Sri Lanka on June 8 and South Africa losing to Pakistan on June 7, all the teams in Group B have a win and a loss each against their names.
England have already booked their place in the semi-finals of the eight-team tournament after registering comfortable victories against New Zealand and Bangladesh.
Although England have won 10 of their last 11 matches and surpased 300 in nine of the last 13 ODIs, Smith believes his team have the weapons to put Morgan's side under pressure.
Smith, asked about the impact of the pay dispute on his side's preparations, told reporters at Edgbaston on Friday: "We're not anxious about that at all".
"We will not change our style of cricket".
"For us, it's about concentrating on this tournament - and tomorrow is a big game for everyone in this group". Steve Smith's side will be eliminated if they lose or the match is a wash-out.
"Obviously, it's a must-win match for us. essentially a quarter-final", he said. "Let's hope it's (today)".
"I think they've played some good cricket, particularly here in England", Smith said.
"He taught us a lot of good things on how to play on these tracks". Joe Root & Eoin Morgan are the form players in the batting line up so their wickets will be a premium to get at the England attack.
"I was checking out positions of the other teams, nearly sure India was going to win", rued Saswata, who works at a private bank.
"So from that side of things if you never get to play in an Ashes game, it's the closest you will get".
Buttler said even though England had already qualified for the last four the stakes for Saturday's match will rise.
The two sides go head to head at Edgbaston with Australia likely to need a win to make the last four after two washouts.
As for the Australia pay dispute, Morgan - who like Warner has played in the lucrative Indian Premier League - joked: "We'll have a whip round!"
White-ball specialist Morgan has long acknowledged he does not expect to be adding to his 16 Test caps, none of which came against England's oldest and highest-profile enemy.