England’s loss to Ireland is Australia’s gain in ICC T20 World Cup 2022 

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Australia will need to win over England in order to keep their semi-final chances alive

Ireland’s victory by 5 runs against England via the Duckworth Lewis method on Wednesday has opened up the possibility for Australia to make it to the semi-final of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 in group 1, which is no less than a battleground given that rains forced New Zealand to share a point each with Afghanistan in a game they would have expected to win handsomely. 

Australia’s chances of advancing to the next round looked bleak right after the thumping defeat at the hands of New Zealand in the first match, since their Net Run Rate (NRR) took a severe beating and dropped down to -4.5 after their 89-run loss at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). 

But Australia, the hosts of this World Cup as well as the defending champions, bounced back impressively against Sri Lanka, handing them a 7-wicket defeat with more than 3 overs to spare, courtesy a brilliant knock from Marcus Stoinis who recorded the fastest ever half-century for his country in the format. 

Marcus Stoinis’ 59 not out from 18 balls powered Australia to a huge win which also help them improve their NRR, something that will come in handy in this tournament given that rains are expected to play spoilsport in several other contest and teams will depend not only their points but also on their NRR scenario to advance through. 

With England suffering a defeat at the hands of Ireland, the contest between them and Australia on Friday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) has become a virtual knockout. 

With both the teams having lost one match each, they will need to win on Friday in order to keep their hopes alive as it is very difficult for the participating teams to make it to the semi-finals stage with only three victories in the group round.

England will bank on their experience and recent exploits against Australia given that they had produced one-sided results in a three-match series preceding this ICC T20 World Cup 2022, and that Australia have not been at their best in the format and particularly against their archrivals.

The home team still has concerns in the form of then captain Aaron Finch who admitted after their victory over Sri Lanka that he played poorly with the bat and should have scored more freely. 

While the middle-order was not required thanks to the onslaught from Marcus Stoinis, Australia will want the big guns to fire, particularly their bowlers with Adam Zampa suffering with coronavirus infection.

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