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England and Australia, champions of T20 World Cup, prepare for an exciting spectacle

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The ICC T20 World Cup 2024 Group B match between Australia and England is set to take place on Saturday, June 8 at 1pm local time (17:00 GMT) at the Kensington Oval in Barbados. Fans can follow the live text coverage on Al Jazeera.

After their first match was washed out, England will be looking to secure a win against arch-rivals Australia in order to stay in the competition. Currently, England and Scotland both have one point each, while Australia is in second place with two points. A defeat for England could jeopardize their chances of qualifying for the Super Eight stage.

England’s batter Jonny Bairstow is focusing on the task at hand and believes that a win against Australia would boost the team’s momentum and confidence. He describes the match as “a great spectacle” and is looking forward to the atmosphere at the Kensington Oval.

Meanwhile, Australia captain Mitchell Marsh is excited for the showdown with England and expects the English fans to outnumber the Australians in the crowd. Despite feeling nervous in their opening match against Oman, Australia managed to secure a comfortable win and are eager to face their long-time rivals.

In terms of head-to-head record, England has won 11 of the 23 T20 internationals played against Australia, while Australia has won 10 matches. Both teams have been in good form leading up to this tournament, with Australia winning their previous matches and England having a strong performance against Pakistan.

The pitch conditions at the Kensington Oval have seen varied results in the previous matches, with targets ranging from 155-165 runs. Rain is forecasted on the day of the match, adding an element of uncertainty to the game. Key players to watch out for include Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc for Australia, and Jos Buttler and Adil Rashid for England.

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