England vs Australia LIVE: T20 World Cup cricket score and latest updates from fixture today

<p>Eoin Morgan is braced for a tough test against Australia</p>

Eoin Morgan is braced for a tough test against Australia

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England are taking on Australia today in a Super 12s showdown at the top Group 2 of the T20 World Cup. Both teams carry perfect records into this fixture, with England having bulldozed the West Indies and make pretty short work of Bangladesh too, while Australia have edged South Africa and seen off Sri Lanka. The winner of this one will take a major step towards the semi-finals.

There is of course the looming prospect of the Ashes in the background, with England set to head to Australia for the series start December as major underdogs, albeit boosted by the return to the side of Ben Stokes. Asked whether this match would have any bearing on the psychological battle Down Under, England captain Eoin Morgan was clear. “None whatsoever,” said Morgan, adding: “I think white-ball cricket has moved so far away from red-ball cricket that there’s just day and night between a psychological blow in one format in comparison to the other.” Then again, Australia fast-bowler Pat Cummins admitted: “It will be great to get one on the board against them early.”

The big boost for Australia is having David Warner back in form after smashing 65 off 42 balls against Sri Lanka, making the most of an early reprieve when dropped on 18. England’s bowling has been ruthless to this point, however, and he will be made to work harder for his runs today in Dubai. Follow all the latest updates below.

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England vs Australia – Will Eoin Morgan tinker?

Such has been the nature of two dominant victories that it feels a little like England are yet to be truly tested at this tournament, particularly with the ball. The sextet of bowlers at Eoin Morgan’s disposal have worked perfectly so far, with Chris Woakes providing new-ball parsimony and penetration, Moeen Ali a powerplay revelation and Tymal Mills slipping back into international cricket very comfortably.

Might they tinker for today’s encounter, though? It sounds like Mark Wood may be nearing a return, and Australia might have the right-hander heavy approach to counter Moeen early on, with David Warner, a fine proponent of the reverse-sweep and switch-hit, likely to be the only left-hander in the top six. Could England therefore add an extra bowler and drop one of the batters? Dawid Malan would be most vulnerable, but you’d expect England to go in unchanged.

Harry Latham-Coyle30 October 2021 13:54

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These two sides are pretty familiar with one another, regular combatants in bi-lateral series in the last few years across the formats and often evenly-matched in the shortest. Both came into this tournament with major questions, particularly around balance, but England, particularly, have been close to word perfect so far and Australia have secured two hard-fought victories to leave themselves well place as we near the halfway stage of the Super 12s.

England are back in Dubai, where they brilliantly beasted the West Indies seven days ago. But will they again be unchanged?

Harry Latham-Coyle30 October 2021 13:49

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England vs Australia

England are taking on Australia today in a Super 12s showdown at the top Group 2 of the T20 World Cup. Both teams carry perfect records into this fixture, with England having bulldozed the West Indies and make pretty short work of Bangladesh too, while Australia have edged South Africa and seen off Sri Lanka. The winner of this one will take a major step towards the semi-finals.

There is of course the looming prospect of the Ashes in the background, with England set to head to Australia for the series start December as major underdogs, albeit boosted by the return to the side of Ben Stokes. Asked whether this match would have any bearing on the psychological battle Down Under, England captain Eoin Morgan was clear. “None whatsoever,” said Morgan, adding: “I think white-ball cricket has moved so far away from red-ball cricket that there’s just day and night between a psychological blow in one format in comparison to the other.” Then again, Australia fast-bowler Pat Cummins admitted: “It will be great to get one on the board against them early.”

The big boost for Australia is having David Warner back in form after smashing 65 off 42 balls against Sri Lanka, making the most of an early reprieve when dropped on 18. England’s bowling has been ruthless to this point, however, and he will be made to work harder for his runs today in Dubai.

Lawrence Ostlere30 October 2021 11:18

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