England knock Australia out of Champions Trophy with Edgbaston win

Ruben Hill
June 11, 2017

World Cup champions Australia suffered a group stage defeat by England at Edgbaston in the 2013 Champions Trophy and Smith added: "The Champions Trophy only comes around every four years, and it's the second biggest tournament after the World Cup, so we've got to be focused on that".

England, by contrast, have managed to dodge the bad weather sufficiently to beat both Bangladesh and New Zealand in convincing fashion to book their semi-final spot regardless of Saturday's outcome.

Captain Steven Smith will first hope this match does not get washed out, as that will knock them out of the tournament and take Bangladesh, who defeated New Zealand in their do-or-die match, to the semi-final by the virtue of more victories. Australia have had to endure the frustration of two washed pout matches, the second of which they had nearly won against Bangladesh.

While against the Black Caps, the rain gods came to their rescue, it was the other way round against Bangladesh where weather played a spoilsport and destroyed their chances of what would have been a comfortable victory for them.

Smith's side contains several proven match-winners and the skipper said he expected his team to raise their game on Saturday.

"I just like having that little bit of extra balance".

Morgan's opposite number Steve Smith was at pains on Friday to dismiss any suggestion that his team may be put off their game in the must-win fixture by the ongoing pay dispute with their employers.

But captain Eoin Morgan wants no let-up against World Cup champions Australia as England go in search of their first major International Cricket Council 50-over title. We can only control what we're doing, and we've prepared really well in the nets.

"It's a fantastic stadium". It's normally a handsome wicket and a high-scoring ground, and that suits us.

"I am always trying to get better as a player, no matter how things are going". In fact, this match looks perfectly poised: England have form and rhythm and home advantage, but the Aussies know how to win tournaments.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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