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England Eye Victory at Bellerive Oval to Equalize Points with Australia; Ali & Bell Gives Solid Start

englandNew Delhi, Friday, January 23 – Only a few minutes are left for England and Australia match to kick off at Bellerive Oval, Hobart. Both the teams have prepared themselves to put their best foot forward. The hosts are, of course, on the strong side for playing in the home conditions and inflicting a 3-wicket win over arch-rivals England at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, in the Tri-series opener on Friday, January, 16.

Today’s match has its own significances. On one hand, England would make efforts to avoid another defeat at the hands of Australia to shrug off the pressure that’s important in the ongoing series and the upcoming World Cup contest, while on the other hand, the Aussies are in no mood to make any mistake and let the match go in favor of opponents. This is the reason why expectations for an exciting contest are up. A victory at this stage will lend England a hand to level the points as that of the Australia in the points table. With a couple of victories over England and India, Australia are leading the chart with 9 points.

Both the contesting teams of today are a mix of young and experienced players. Eoin Morgan looks forward to pocket consecutive success and send the host at the back foot but that’s only possible when outstanding performances by Ian Bell, James Taylor, Moeen Ali, Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, Chris Woakes, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Alex Hales, James Tredwell and Chris Jordan are witnessed. Performing as a unit has its own importance and this was seen in the lately held match against India where they crushed them by 9 wickets.

Australia at the same time anticipate to stay unbeaten under the guidance of Steven Smith, who has emerged as a tough man against the recently concluded 4-match Test series vs. the Men in Blue. Having talented Shaun Marsh, Cameron White, Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin, James Faulkner, Moises Henriques, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Xavier Doherty, the newcomer Gurinder Sandhu, Mitchell Marsh, Kane Richardson and Josh Hazlewood, the probability of being victorious in the tournament is higher for the Aussies. As per latest reports, Smith has won the toss and decided to bowl against England.

Whoever wins today’s match would create problem for India as they have just seen the failure despite having potential cricketers in the squad who have the gift to be the game changers. They need to sit for a while and see what are the mistakes they have been repeating in every match. Regaining confidence is pivotal for Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men otherwise the dream to defend the World Cup winner’s title would be left incomplete.

The kind of show Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli had shown in the recent past proves that the dynamic cricketers could be real threat for the participating XIs. However, eyes can’t be close to the fact that many among Indian camp are set to mark their appearance for the first time in the cricket carnival. Responsibility increases on the young shoulders for sure. Axar Patel is left with no option but to perform. His selection in the upcoming WC contest, leaving behind a big name Yuvraj Singh, surprised cricket fans. “Despite the fact that Singh was not in form for a long time but he could have performed better than Patel if elected in the team which will board the flight to Australia and New Zealand next month”, said a few fans who believed the presence of 2011 World Cup hero could have brought a huge difference in India’s tour of Australia.

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