In a game where so much depends on skills and temperament, the role of luck and destiny cannot be overlooked.
Happiness can sometimes be a very funny customer. There was a time when Australia, no matter how hard they tried, could not win a competition. The fortunes turned and they went on a 10-match ODI winning streak and absolutely ran into England in the group stage.
However, the team now fluctuates a bit when it matters the most. They did not play their best cricket in the last league match against South Africa. Although their at bat brought them closer, it was the bowlers who didn't use the new ball that well and also showed some hits towards the end of the Protea innings.
Four injuries within two days
Just before their last game, two of their batsmen were injured in the nets. While Shaun Marsh was excluded from the World Cup with a broken arm, Glenn Maxwell managed to be fit in time and was included in the XI.
Australia suffered double hits during the game. Usman Khawaja pulled his hamstring and would do well to be fit for the ashes.
"Ussie has a hamstring, so he will probably be out for three or four weeks, which is a shame, but we have to work hard to get him to the Ashes now. Such a shame for him, he has been so integral to how we have "Like Shaun, I think it's a shame for him to miss the World Cup semi-final," Australia's coach Justin Langer told the media.
Marcus Stoinis, who had previously missed a race due to a subsidiary strain, suffered another and is not certain for the semi-final. "Marcus is the same, has a different tribe in his other side, so we are working there now and we will have to make a decision about him in the next 24 to 48 hours," Langer added.
The Aussies called Matthew Wade instead of Usman Khawaja after they were enthralled by Shaun Marsh in Peter Handscomb. They have kept Mitchell Marsh on standby for Marcus Stoinis. Wade has had a sparkling shape and will probably be picked in the middle order for Handscomb.
Most of the Wade & # 39; s runs in the Big Bash League and also for Australia A are at the top of the list. It would be interesting to see how he adjusts in the middle order, where churning the strike becomes an important part of your task requirement.
The incredible revival of Australia
Unlike a playing period in which the Aussies only won two of the 13 games, they looked almost unbeatable in the world championship until India broke their 10-match winning streak.
Skipper Aaron Finch, who at one point struggled to throw a bat when balls hit him, turned out to be his arch enemy all the time, scored a few centuries against Pakistan. He has not lost contact since then and has already scored more than 500 points in the World Cup.
David Warner had a great IPL and immediately slid back together with Finch at the opening place, a combination that had been so successful for them in the past. Warner is currently the second highest scorer of the tournament.
In Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja they have beautiful middle-order players who can play the strike regularly. Glenn Maxwell remains a competition winner as always. The real surprise package is the maturation of wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey, who has put them in trouble many times in this tournament.
With the return of Mitchell Starc, the Australian bowling got a much needed lead, because Starc picked up wickets, both at the top, in the middle and at the end. He is basically thrown the ball when the team has been on turbulent waters and almost always the fast-arm helped his team to close the game.
Can the Australians rejuvenate a rejuvenated England?
After a back-to-back loss against Sri Lanka and Australia, England returned and saw himself dominating India and New Zealand. Australia, which finished in second place on the point table after the last group match against South Africa, seemed a bit wobbly.
Injury to a few Australian frontline players can play in favor of England, as the two teams prepare for the second semifinal, which will be played on Thursday at Edgbaston.
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