Smith's focus on England despite Oz pay row

England players celebrate

England players celebrate

Australia must beat undefeated England in Birmingham on tonight's final Group A clash if they're to stay alive and progress to the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy.

England have already booked their place in the last four after thrashing Bangladesh and New Zealand.

Australia who had to win this match to go through to the last four after no result washouts in their first two group games, were also unchanged from the side that suffered a frustrating washout when on the verge of victory against Bangladesh at the Oval on Monday.

England is already through to the Semi Final and will be looking to end the campaign of the old enemy at Edgbaston.

This is published unedited from the ANI feed. The added spice of England versus Australia - "there's always something more on it", said Morgan - may help sharpen their focus.

"So from that side of things, if you never get to play in an Ashes game, it's the closest you will ever get". "We just assume they're in good form".

Australia captain Steve Smith labelled Eoin Morgan's side "predictable", suggesting that was something they could potentially utilise in the sudden-death encounter. Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell and Matthew Wade haven't faced a ball in the middle since a warm-up match against Sri Lanka nearly two weeks ago and Smith has faced just 48 deliveries in three innings despite not being dismissed once. But Shakib al-Hassan and Mahmudullah then set out on what became a record-breaking partnership, the highest-scoring single-wicket stand in Bangladesh ODI history as each recorded a century, leading the Tigers to a shock five-wicket win with 16 balls to spare. I think they're playing some very good cricket, particularly here at home.

Indeed, if anything, they'll be happy about the circumstances that have turned the match against England into sudden death. Live Streaming: Willow TV Live Online.

In the bowling department, Australia can boast of a fiery line-up of the likes of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and James Pattinson with leg-spinner Adam Zampa and Maxwell the slow-bowling options. And that is not just judging from this rain-marred Champions Trophy. A team who have put the smile back on the face of England cricket. "Yeah, it usually does bring out the best of the Australia cricket team in big tournaments".

Jason Roy took a sensational catch on the boundary to precipitate a late collapse by Australia in its 277-9 against England in the Champions Trophy on Saturday. Live Streaming: Sky Go NZ. A limited number of tickets are now available for the Semi-Final in Cardiff, with more expected through resale over the coming days.

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