Eyes on Starc as Australia Brace for Tough England Challenge

Australia vs England T20 World Cup 2024

With early tensions high in the competition, England faces a tricky situation. Their abandoned game against Scotland and Scotland’s subsequent win over Namibia, leading to a table-topping position, has created a complex scenario in the group. A loss to Australia in the 17th match of the 2024 T20 World Cup would complicate matters for the defending champions, who must avoid slip-ups against their arch-rivals.

Australia experienced a scare against Oman, with the slow Barbados wicket and spin posing challenges. However, David Warner’s composed innings and Marcus Stoinis’s all-round performance secured their win. Australia’s strategy of all-out attack may need adjustments based on the pitches.

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England’s opening match in Barbados saw them bowl only 10 overs against Scotland, with Mark Wood and Jofra Archer being economical, but Adil Rashid and Chris Jordan proving expensive. England, having had no warm-up game and a no-result against Scotland, must adapt quickly to the conditions.

When and Where

  • Date: Saturday, June 8 at 1:00 PM Local time (10:30 PM IST, 5:00 PM GMT)
  • Venue: Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados

What to Expect

In the four matches held in Barbados, Australia’s 164 against Oman is the highest first-innings total. Scotland chased down Namibia’s 155 in 18.3 overs. A total of 170-180 might be a winning score here. Rain is forecast for the morning and around match time.

Head to Head

England leads 11-10 against Australia. In T20 World Cups, England has won two out of three encounters, with the last match in 2022 being washed out.

Teams Watch


  • Injury/Availability: Mitchell Starc had cramps against Oman and left the field after three overs but participated in the net session. Pat Cummins might replace him if needed.
  • Tactics & Matchups: Ashton Agar’s inclusion could be advantageous against England’s right-hand-heavy top six. Stoinis, Cummins, and Ellis have historically kept Jos Buttler in check.

Probable XI: David Warner, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh (c), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, Matthew Wade (wk), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood


  • Injury/Availability: No injury concerns.
  • Tactics & Matchups: Jofra Archer and Chris Jordan have strong records against Warner and Maxwell, respectively. Adil Rashid and Mark Wood have been effective against Stoinis.

Probable XI: Jos Buttler (c & wk), Philip Salt, Will Jacks, Jonny Bairstow, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood

Did You Know?

  • England’s top four—Buttler, Salt, Jacks, and Brook—have collectively been dismissed 14 times by left-arm spin.
  • Jos Buttler has scored 542 runs in 15 innings against Australia with five 50-plus scores, maintaining strong form in recent encounters.
  • Marcus Stoinis boasts an impressive 2024 record with 627 runs at a strike rate of 140.26 and 22 wickets at an economy of 8.28.

Can Australia overcome England’s tactical challenges and maintain their winning momentum, or will England bounce back and complicate the group standings? All eyes will be on Mitchell Starc’s performance as the two giants clash in a crucial T20 World Cup encounter.

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