England’s semi-final place is under threat.

England’s clash with India has become a must-win fixture for Eoin Morgan’s men after defeats to Sri Lanka and Australia left the pre-tournament favourites’ qualification for the semi-finals under major threat.

They know they will almost-certainly have to win at least one of their remaining two matches – against India and New Zealand – to secure a place in the top four.

Here, PA looks ahead to the highly-anticipated Edgbaston showdown.

Battle for fortress Edgbaston

Both sides have a strong recent record at Edgbaston

Both sides have a strong recent record at Edgbaston (Simon Cooper/PA)

Edgbaston is a stadium England enjoy playing at and one where they have a superb recent record.

Since losing a one-day international to India in 2014, they have won their last nine matches at the home of Warwickshire across all formats – including their last three ODIs.

Morgan’s men will be keen to concentrate on those positive memories at the ground as they bid to banish the wobbles that have set in to their World Cup quest.

They also need a banish a poor World Cup head-to-head record against India – not quite as bad as the 29-year wait for a win against Australia that extended on Tuesday – but England have not beaten India at the tournament since 1992.

Virat Kohli’s men can also expect a huge following at Edgbaston for a match which is likely to feel like a home game for the visitors.

They too have a fine record at Edgbaston, winning their last five ODIs there, including wins over Pakistan and Bangladesh in the 2017 Champions Trophy. It is set to be a fascinating contest.

Root to return to the runs

  • 51 v South Africa, The Oval
  • 107 v Pakistan, Trent Bridge
  • 21 v Bangladesh, Cardiff
  • 100* v West Indies, Ageas Bowl
  • 88 v Afghanistan, Old Trafford
  • 57 v Sri Lanka, Headingley
  • 8 v Australia, Lord’s

Joe Root has been the glue that has held England together in this tournament, which has allowed the firepower to come from the likes of Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler.

His importance is now so great that his dismissal for just eight against Australia seemed to spell for the end for England’s chances.

Root will want to return to form at Edgbaston and build on a tournament which has featured two centuries and three half-centuries in just seven innings.

He also has a strong record against India. The Yorkshireman averages 57.00 against them in ODIs and is bidding to notch a third successive unbeaten century against Kohli’s men having hit 113 not out and 100 not out at Lord’s and Headingley respectively last year.

England will be wary of Kuldeep

Bowlers like to get into the head of opposition batsmen and India spinner Kuldeep Yadav may well be in the minds of a number of England stars.

In his first match against England in a Twenty20 international at Old Trafford last year, the leg-spinner took five for 24 and dismissed Root, Bairstow, Buttler and Morgan in that innings.

He then followed it up with six for 25 in an ODI at Trent Bridge. All told, he has taken 14 wickets in five white-ball matches against England and will want to cash in against them once more at a venue which can be receptive to spin.

India’s strength is in their bowling, with the unconventional Jasprit Bumrah spearheading the pace attack. England haven’t faced him in white-ball cricket since 2017, in which time he has risen to become the number one ODI bowler in the world.

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Takeaways

England have won their last nine matches at Edgbaston across all formats

Joe Root averages 57.00 in ODIs against India and is bidding for his third successive unbeaten century against them

Kuldeep Yadav has taken 14 wickets in five white-ball matches against England

England’s semi-final place is under threat.

England’s clash with India has become a must-win fixture for Eoin Morgan’s men after defeats to Sri Lanka and Australia left the pre-tournament favourites’ qualification for the semi-finals under major threat.

They know they will almost-certainly have to win at least one of their remaining two matches – against India and New Zealand – to secure a place in the top four.

Here, PA looks ahead to the highly-anticipated Edgbaston showdown.

Battle for fortress Edgbaston

Both sides have a strong recent record at Edgbaston

Both sides have a strong recent record at Edgbaston (Simon Cooper/PA)

Edgbaston is a stadium England enjoy playing at and one where they have a superb recent record.

Since losing a one-day international to India in 2014, they have won their last nine matches at the home of Warwickshire across all formats – including their last three ODIs.

Morgan’s men will be keen to concentrate on those positive memories at the ground as they bid to banish the wobbles that have set in to their World Cup quest.

They also need a banish a poor World Cup head-to-head record against India – not quite as bad as the 29-year wait for a win against Australia that extended on Tuesday – but England have not beaten India at the tournament since 1992.

Virat Kohli’s men can also expect a huge following at Edgbaston for a match which is likely to feel like a home game for the visitors.

They too have a fine record at Edgbaston, winning their last five ODIs there, including wins over Pakistan and Bangladesh in the 2017 Champions Trophy. It is set to be a fascinating contest.

Root to return to the runs

  • 51 v South Africa, The Oval
  • 107 v Pakistan, Trent Bridge
  • 21 v Bangladesh, Cardiff
  • 100* v West Indies, Ageas Bowl
  • 88 v Afghanistan, Old Trafford
  • 57 v Sri Lanka, Headingley
  • 8 v Australia, Lord’s

Joe Root has been the glue that has held England together in this tournament, which has allowed the firepower to come from the likes of Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler.

His importance is now so great that his dismissal for just eight against Australia seemed to spell for the end for England’s chances.

Root will want to return to form at Edgbaston and build on a tournament which has featured two centuries and three half-centuries in just seven innings.

He also has a strong record against India. The Yorkshireman averages 57.00 against them in ODIs and is bidding to notch a third successive unbeaten century against Kohli’s men having hit 113 not out and 100 not out at Lord’s and Headingley respectively last year.

England will be wary of Kuldeep

Bowlers like to get into the head of opposition batsmen and India spinner Kuldeep Yadav may well be in the minds of a number of England stars.

In his first match against England in a Twenty20 international at Old Trafford last year, the leg-spinner took five for 24 and dismissed Root, Bairstow, Buttler and Morgan in that innings.

He then followed it up with six for 25 in an ODI at Trent Bridge. All told, he has taken 14 wickets in five white-ball matches against England and will want to cash in against them once more at a venue which can be receptive to spin.

India’s strength is in their bowling, with the unconventional Jasprit Bumrah spearheading the pace attack. England haven’t faced him in white-ball cricket since 2017, in which time he has risen to become the number one ODI bowler in the world.

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England to win
Joe Root to top score for England
Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav to take 5+ wickets combined

Takeaways

England have won their last nine matches at Edgbaston across all formats

Joe Root averages 57.00 in ODIs against India and is bidding for his third successive unbeaten century against them

Kuldeep Yadav has taken 14 wickets in five white-ball matches against England