David Willey, soon to retire, has a new ball in hand…
1.55 pm Not long until the action. Groups come out for music. Spectators crowd around the huge arena.
Matt said, “I think the Modi-dome is a bit fuller now than it was a month ago for England v New Zealand. “The seats are probably no more than 10% of capacity but there is quite a bit of milling in the concourse area.”
Jan: “I want Green to bat at 3 like the Bison, not Smith.” Not sure if that will happen today, but there is a sense that the green will be better than the order. Big day for him and Stoinis to find some form in the absence of Maxwell and Marsh.
1.45 pm Mike Brearley (probably not,): “England are repeating the same mistake they made against South Africa, when they won the toss, bowled and slept in the heat of the day. Buttler was literally sweating the coin toss here! Some common sense wouldn’t go astray at times. “
Adi: “Brook for Stokes, Curran for Moeen… No point in playing Moeen.” Regarding Stokes, He will undergo knee surgery after this tournament.
1.40 pm Can David Warner and Travis Head publish again? They were fantastic against New Zealand.
John: “On paper, you’d probably say these two teams are fairly evenly matched. Although on current form, it’s hard to see how England won’t be beaten again. Maybe their rivalry with Australia will enable them to overcome their lack of form and decent performances. . I’m not optimistic though.”
Sumit: “I have a feeling today is the day Smith and Stark will come back with a bang. Thank me later.”
A reminder, too, that if New Zealand win today that knocks out England, Pakistan, the Netherlands and Sri Lanka, leaving only Afghanistan as a chance to break into the top four. So it will be interesting if England win today.
1.32 pm England won the toss and bowled. Jos Buttler said, the pitch is a bit difficult. That means they bowl during the hottest part of the day. They are unchanged. Australia as expected with Cameron Greene and Marcus Stoinis for Marsh and Maxwell. Pat Cummins said he was batting so was happy with the way things turned out.
England 1 Jonny Bairstow, 2 David Malan, 3 Joe Root, 4 Ben Stokes, 5 Jos Buttler (capt, wke), 6 Moeen Ali, 7 Liam Livingstone, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 David Willey, 10 Mark Wood, 11 Adil Rashid
Australia 1 David Warner, 2 Travis Head, 3 Steven Smith, 4 Marnus Labuschagne, 5 Josh Inglis (wicketkeeper), 6 Marcus Stoinis, 7 Cameron Green, 8 Pat Cummins (captain), 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazlewood
1.25 pm Before Australia lost two key players for this game we looked at some of the talking points around the team. A couple remain largely true – Middle order and Mitchell Starc’s form.
1.15 pm For those of you in the US, you will be able to Watch this game live on ESPN+
And you can follow live ball-by-ball commentary for this game in hindi
1.10pm Neil: “Of course Brooke has to play. Why expect the same thing and different results?” It seems a little odd they didn’t throw in a player who will stick around for the next cycle.
1.00 p.m It wouldn’t be Australia vs England without some banter, right? Joe helped along the root thing Saying “man to man I’ll have this team over the Australians any day.”
In more notable news, Hardik Pandya was knocked out of the tournament Today at the beginning of the day
12.55 pm Meanwhile, in Bangalore, New Zealand are set for a big score. What a tournament Rachin Ravindra is having.
Here again Matt. “Willey, Wood and Woakes all marked their run-up which is indicative of an unchanged England team.”
He also noted that Alex Carey was doing some keeping drills and Cameron Greene was running across the outfield.
12.50 p.m It has been a tough couple of days for Australia in this game. They are selecting only 13 players. Sadly Mitch Marsh had to return home for family reasons, but they could have done without him Glenn Maxwell falls behind the golf cart.
Regarding the lack of available players in the teams – something New Zealand has also experienced in recent days – Matt Roller presents the view that the squad size should be bigger. This is something Pat Cummins agrees with.
12.45 pm Hello and welcome to the mini-Ashes (isn’t it always about the Ashes?) On a slightly more serious note, As Andrew Miller notes in his preview This contest is perhaps not what we expected when the tournament started with England stuck at the bottom of the table. However, there is still plenty riding on this one. Australia could take a huge step towards the semi-finals – although they are not without some problems, more on that shortly – although England will need to find some form to secure a place in the Champions Trophy. I will be bringing all the action to Ahmedabad with Andrew McGlashan and Alan Gardner.
To kick things off, some insight from Matt Roller, who was at the massive stadium: “Early indications from Ahmedabad are that Harry Brook will miss out again for England against Australia today. He is running the shuttle in the outfield with Brydon Curse while “the squad warms up in the middle. The Aussies haven’t started the warm-up. But don’t expect any surprises from them.”