Australia got a massive boost in their last game – a win over Sri Lanka – as their star opener David Warner finally got back among the runs and relieved concerns that his game may have seen a permanent, irreversible decline.
The southpaw had a torrid IPL campaign for Hyderabad and lost captaincy, leading to concerns that he may never be the same player he was. His mere 14 in the win over South Africa had almost confirmed those concerns before his 65 off 42 against the Lankans restored his confidence.
On the team front, Australia have so far aced both their tests, albeit against lesser teams. In England, they face their biggest challenge of the tournament yet.
England have nonchalantly pummeled the West Indies and Bangladesh in their first two fixtures of the tournament but again neither result was surprising.
From arch-rivals Australia, though, they are expected to face tough competition. In fact, this clash is expected to decide which of the two teams go ahead as winners of the group.
One concerns for the 50-over world champions should be that their middle and lower orders were not tested in the first two games but perhaps that’s a good problem than bad.
The bowlers, too, have done a decent job collectively over the first two games, claiming 19 wickets among themselves.