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T20 World Cup preview: Starc concern for Australia

Australia will continue their T20 World Cup campaign when they take on the old enemy, England, in Barbados on Sunday.

With the Ashes and ODI World Cup in the bag, the Aussies are now targeting glory in the shortest form of the game.

They began the tournament with a less than convincing 29-run victory over Oman, but will be delighted to get a crucial two points in the bag.

They can be backed at 2.62 to go on and reach the final, and now all eyes turn to the clash against England

England saw their first match against Scotland washed out by the rain in Barbados and had to settle for a point.

That has the potential to play into Australia’s hands, as England are already playing catch-up, and the pressure is on.

. What: Australia v England
. Where: Kensington Oval, Barbados
. When: 03:00 (AEST), Sunday 9th June 2024
. How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel
. Odds: Australia 1.72, England 2.10

Starc suffers injury scare

Australia’s T20 World Cup campaign has already been hit by an injury concern after Mitchell Starc had to leave the field against Oman.

Starc appeared to suffer a calf injury when bowling the first delivery of his fourth and final over, and was forced to leave the field.

Australia have yet to reveal the full extent of the damage, but it is unlikely Starc will be risked against England if he has any kind of issue.

Even if it is just cramp, there is plenty of strength in depth in the Australian squad and Starc is likely to be left out.

Pat Cummins was a surprise absentee from the Oman game as Australia went with a pace attack of Starc, Nathan Ellis and Josh Hazlewood.

Cummins, who was not thought to be carrying any injury is sure to come back into the side and take the place of Starc.

If that is the case then Cummins can be backed at 6.00 to be Top Match Bowler.

Stoinis, who took three wickets in the 39-run win over Oman, can be backed at 5.00 to be Team – Top Bowler.

Adam Zampa also took a couple of wickets and is likely to be the spin option once again, keeping Aston Agar out of the side. Zampa is 4.75 to be Team – Top Bowler.

Stoinis stars with the bat

As well as taking three wickets, Marcus Stoinis starred with the bat against Oman, when smashing 67 runs off just 36 deliveries.

His knock came just when Australia needed it. After losing Glenn Maxwell to a duck, the Aussies were sat on 50-3.

But along with David Warner, who made 56 off 51 balls, Stoinis steadied the ship and got Australia to a total of 164-5.

Stoinis will look to carry that form into the game against England and he is priced at 7.50 to be Team – Top Batter.

Australia will be hoping to get most of their runs at the top of the order and Warner, Travis Head and captain Mitch Marsh are all available at 4.33.

Marsh made just 14 against Oman and will be keen to put on more runs against England, as will Maxwell, who can be backed at 5.00.

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