ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Australia's Nathan Lyon says it is England's title to lose ahead of semi-final clash

Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon says his side will be the underdogs when they face hosts England in the Cricket World Cup semi-finals.

Reuters, Jul 08, 2019 16:05:41 IST

Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon says his side will be the underdogs when they face hosts England in the Cricket World Cup semi-finals.

“They have been the No. 1 team for a couple of years now. They should be going into this World Cup as favourites. It’s all on them,” said Lyon.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Australias Nathan Lyon says it is Englands title to lose ahead of semi-final clash

File image of Nathan Lyon. AFP

“It’s their World Cup to lose if you ask me. We have got nothing to lose, only got stuff to gain.”

The 31-year-old said the Australians were on the verge of “something special” and that they would make sure they were fully prepared for Thursday’s semi at Edgbaston.

“Every time you play against England, you want to compete hard against them and try and come out on the top. Obviously their side is full of absolute superstars, and we are definitely going in as underdogs,” Lyon said.

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Updated Date: Jul 08, 2019 16:05:41 IST






Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 India 8099 261
5 Australia 5471 261
6 New Zealand 4056 254