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England in ‘good place’ for semi-final, feels Joe Root

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England in ‘good place’ for semi-final, feels Joe Root

The center stage of the ongoing World Cup 2019 is heated up having an England-Australia contest in the semi-finals of the mega event. The ancient rivals are engaged in mind games and flairs of talks ahead of the classy match.

England opener Joe Root firmly believes the hosts possess the ability to take a revenge for the league stage loss to Australia when they meet in Thursday’s World Cup semi-final.

“If you look at the past 11 games against them we have won nine,” Root said who have so far scored 500 runs in this edition of the World Cup with a highest of 107.

“These guys and this group over the last four years, their experience against Australia have been very positive and they have got a lot of success in the bank,” he said further.

The leading run-scorer for the World no. one ODI side seemed not wearisome about the forthcoming challenge.

He said, “I don’t see that as a big worry for this group, we will be drawing on that confidence that over a long period of time now we have been successful against Australia and we should take that into Thursday.”

“I feel we are in a good place coming into it, I feel like the last two days have almost been like knockout cricket for us,”

Root further added, “We have been playing in a high-pressure environment for a while now and hopefully that will hold us in good stead going into this game. It doesn’t matter (who are the favourites). It comes down to who plays their best cricket on the day.”

“If we play in the manner we have the last two games, we will be a very difficult side to play against,” he concluded.

In the first semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, India are now facing New Zealand at the Old Trafford in Manchester.

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