CT 2009 | Semi Final 1| 2/10/09| Australia V England | Centurion

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Oct 6, 2004
The first of the semi finals and an Pak Vs India type confrontation of old foes.

England fresh from a drubbing by Aussies in England have gained some form and power in CT whereas Australia are looking to use that phsycological advantage in todays game - not to mention their firepower.

Can England beat the odds?

Semi Final 1: Australia vs England, ICC Champions Trophy, 2009: October 2nd, 2009

Venue: Centurion

Stats say: (last five completed matches, most recent first)

England - LWWWL
Australia - WNWLW

Pitch : Always a mystery! However Cricinfo says:

"England scored 323 on an excellent batting surface against South Africa, but the pitch for the previous game between Australia and Pakistan was a tough one for run-scoring"

Team Updates:

1. Broad may miss this game with a "torn buttock muscle" :)

Australia squad [unconfirmed]

RT Ponting*, DE Bollinger, CJ Ferguson, NM Hauritz, BW Hilfenhaus, JR Hopes, DJ Hussey, MEK Hussey, MG Johnson, B Lee, TD Paine†, PM Siddle, AC Voges, SR Watson, CL White

England squad [unconfirmed]

AJ Strauss*, JM Anderson, RS Bopara, TT Bresnan, SCJ Broad, PD Collingwood, JL Denly, EJG Morgan, G Onions, MJ Prior†, AU Rashid, OA Shah, RJ Sidebottom, GP Swann, LJ Wright

Match scheduled: 14:30 local time (12:30 GMT)

Toss : England Won toss and decided to bat

Weather report (BBC/weathercity.com)

Showers are forecast today but these forecasts have been notoriously inaccurrate in the past - could this be a D/L effected outcome?
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Did I read right? Broad has pulled a muscle in his backside and is doubtful???
Yep - says "buttock muscle" .... ALLAH khair karay
And Prior too ( not buttock muscle)
Prior, Broad and Sidebottom are the one missed, although Prior didnt play last game as well.
Oxy said:
Did I read right? Broad has pulled a muscle in his backside and is doubtful???

Was he talking to much? :)
Sky really dont place any faith in Star/ESPN's coverage - not once have they shown the toss/anthem live!

They choose to delay the feed!
England v Pakistan final would be good as niether has won trophy and id love to see Pak beat the Poms in final :)
I think England will need 250+ on this wicket as Aussies have a strong batting line up.
Am supporting England as they would be easier to beat in the final. So, go England.
I'd love a Pakistan vs England final....

but at the same time I'm an 'Anyone But England (apart from India)' bloke so I'm supporting the Aussies.
God save our gracious queen
long live our noble queen
2.28pm A few e-mails about what happens if this game ends in a washout. Well, there will be a one-over eliminator, and if there's no time for even that, then the team that topped it's group will go through. So that'll be Australia if rain were to rule out any possibility of play.
Ravi Shastri is still crying after India's exit. He was suppose to have gone back but they didn't let him on the flight because his tears were a safety hazard.
Oxy said:
Did I read right? Broad has pulled a muscle in his backside and is doubtful???

Was this Peter Moore's idea..

He must be very sore..
Oxy said:
Did I read right? Broad has pulled a muscle in his backside and is doubtful???
I note that Gary Kirsten's 'advice' has reached far and wide, yielding disastrous results.
If Collingwood stays till the end he England can make 300 still.

Pakistan should have cleaned up Australia, they may come back to haunt them in the finals
This looks like a belter of a pitch, anything less than 250 and Aus will chase that without any difficulty.
Siddle to Denly, :four , beautifully timed, pitched up outside off, gets forward and eases it through that gap between cover and mid-off
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