Cricket World Cup USA TV: How to Watch England vs. Australia, Live Stream, Odds

Just over a week ago, England's World Cup hung by a thread. Calamitous back-to-back defeats against Sri Lanka and Australia had put the hosts with their back firmly against the wall.

Then, all of sudden, the number one-ranked side in the world found a second life and responded in style, defeating India and New Zealand to survive the group stage and book its place in a first World Cup semifinal for 27 years.

Back in 1992, England went all the way to the final. To repeat the feat this year, it will have to get past Australia on Thursday, with a new chapter set to be added to the tale cricket's oldest rivalry.

There's a lot of history between the two teams, the most recent of which was written just over two weeks ago when Australia beat England at Lord's by 64 runs.

The manner of victory was a lot more comprehensive than the margin suggested and England will have to be much better to have a chance of reaching the final.

Having Jason Roy back in the team, a luxury it did not have when the two teams last met, will certainly help.

England struggled badly without its opener, who has averaged 63 since returning from a hamstring injury.

If the hosts appear to be hitting form just at the right time as they arrive into the final following two crucial wins, Australia suffered a surprise defeat in its final group game against South Africa.

While the loss didn't prevent it from progressing to the semifinals, it meant the five-time winners will play England instead of New Zealand. To make matters worse, Australia will play the hosts at Edgbaston, a venue where it hasn't won a one-day international since 1993.

England, on the other hand, has won the last 10 games played in Birmingham. That, however, is where statistically omen ends for the hosts, as Australia has never lost a World Cup semifinal in seven attempts.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of Thursday.

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Aaron Finch of Australia batting with Jos Buttler of England keeping wicket during the Group Stage match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between England and Australia at Lords on June 25 in London, England. Visionhaus/Getty

When and where is the game?

England takes on Australia at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham on Thursday, July 9, with play scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. local time (5:30 a.m. ET).

TV channel and live stream

The game will be broadcast in the U.S. by Willow TV and Hotstar, with a live stream available via Sling TV.

The latter is one of the official partners of Willow TV and is available across various platforms such as Apple TV, iOS, Android TV, XBOX, Chrome TV, Fire TV and Roku.

Match odds

There is very little to separate the two teams, but bookmakers lean ever so slightly towards England. According to Oddschecker, the hosts are 4/6 to win, while Australia is a 6/5 underdog to reach a second consecutive World Cup final.

Unsurprisingly, David Warner, Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow are all 13/2 favorites to be top run scorers in the game.

The former has scored three centuries and accumulated 638 runs in the group stages and is poised to overtake Indian Rohit Sharma as the tournament's top run scorer after the latter scored just one run against New Zealand.

Roy and Bairstow have three centuries combined in this World Cup and their partnership at the top of the order is crucial to England's chances of success.

Form

Jason Roy's return has injected a new lease of life into England at the time when it needed the most. The opener missed four games with a hamstring injury and his side lost two of them, against Sri Lanka and Australia.

Roy returned for the last two group stage games, scoring 66 against India and 60 against New Zealand. His opening partnership with Jonny Bairstow is pivotal for England, who found itself three down for just 26 runs when it played Australia last month.

It is not the five-time winners who have injury issues, with Matthew Wade replacing Usman Khawaja in the team, while Marcus Stoinis has been passed fit.

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