Cricket World Cup 2019, Australia vs New Zealand at Lord’s — With a chance to cement its place in the top two up for grabs, Australia has taken a full strength XI into its clash against New Zealand.
On a used pitch, Australia elected to bat first after winning the toss, with Aaron Finch naming an unchanged XI.
Holding the tightest of leads at the top of the table, Australia can open up a three-point gap on the chasing pack if it wins tonight. While India would still be able to take top spot if it wins its remaining match, it would ensure Australia finishes the group stage in the top two.
That in turn would earn Australia automatic qualification to the World Cup final in the unlikely circumstance its semi-final, and said’s semi-final’s reserve day, is washed out.
Australia XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff
New Zealand possible XI: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson,Trent Boult