Starc has been having some fantastic luck in the progressing competition and has so far taken 26 wickets in nine matches he has played. Pat Cummins and Jason Behrendorff have likewise added to the group’s success, getting 13 and nine wickets individually.
In the league match, Australia had serenely crushed England by 64 runs at the Lord’s on June 25. Chasing 286, none of the English batsmen could score enormous and the group was in the end packaged out for 221.
In that match, Starc and Behrendorff had taken four and five wickets individually and broke the foundation of the England batting line-up. In the semi-finals, the two will by and by hold, the edge for the Aussies, yet Root feels that the hosts are up for the test.
“They bowled very well with the new ball (in the past experiences) and those early wickets fundamentally managed the manner in which the game went. It is tied in with an understanding that will be the main threat at an early stage, that ball swinging and on the off chance that we can battle that and make a decent begin, at that point we give ourselves a superior possibility.
“It is something that seems to have been very effective throughout the tournament, that left-arm angle and throughout one day cricket for a while now and they have exploited that nicely. But we have also seen that we can score quite nicely if they don’t get it right. Trying to be very objective about it, and clear on how you approach it will be very important.
“The guys have faced a lot of left arm stuff over their careers and in the build-up to last game. There will be a lot talked about it and with that comes pressure for them as well to deliver. It works both ways,” he included.