A Set small text size A Set the default text size A Set large text size Australia have had a fantastic World Cup to date but they will have to overcome a number of issues if they are to beat tournament hosts England in Thursday’s semi-final. Here are three problems for Australia heading into this match. The brute force of Roy and Bairstow Instead the Aussie quicks were lucky to bowl at his replacement James Vince, a flawed batsman who has failed in both ODIs and Tests to date. The 28-year-old Roy has been in barnstorming touch in ODIs this year, cracking 743 runs at 74, with a sprinting strike rate of 118. He also seems to bring out the best in his opening partner Jonny Bairstow. That is no surprise. When a player scores as quickly as Roy, and bullies bowlers and opposition captains like he so often does, it relieves a lot of pressure on their batting partner. England’s Jason Roy (David Davies/PA via AP) It means that, if Bairstow is not quite in sync at the start of his innings, he can take his time to find rhythm, safe in the knowledge the run rate is healthy… Read full this story
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