The Latest: England bowling first vs Australia at Lord's

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Day 27 of the Cricket World Cup (all times local):

10:10 a.m.

England won the toss and chose to bowl first against defending champion Australia at Lord's.

England was unchanged following its second loss of the tournament, to Sri Lanka last Friday, when it also decided to chase and failed.

Australia made two changes, giving offspinner Nathan Lyon his first start of the tournament in place of Adam Zampa, and playing Jason Behrendorff instead of Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Australia has won its last three games batting first and defending.

After heavy rain overnight, conditions are dry and muggy, and expected to become partly sunny in the afternoon.


England: Jonny Bairstow, James Vince, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (captain), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood.

Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon.


6 a.m.

England goes into the Cricket World Cup group match against Australia at Lord's on Tuesday having dominated their recent matchups.

England has won 12 of the last 14.

In World Cup history, however, Australia has won five out of seven.

England opener Jason Roy remained unavailable after tearing his left hamstring while playing the West Indies 11 days ago, while Australia can pick from a fully fit squad.

Australia opener David Warner has centuries in two of his last three matches, while England mainstay Joe Root has 50-plus scores in six of his last seven matches, including two centuries.

The game will be played on the same dry pitch on which Pakistan defended 308 against South Africa on Sunday.

The forecast is for the game to start under cloud which will partly clear after noon.


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