England's Jos Buttler says the home team wants to send a message to Australia.
England's Jos Buttler says the home team wants to send a message to Australia. Scott Heavey

Buttler says England will be fired up for Australia

ENGLAND wicketkeeper Jos Buttler says the players will not be taking their foot off the gas when they face Australia on Saturday despite having already qualified for the Champions Trophy semi-finals.

The two sides go head to head at Edgbaston with Australia likely to need a win to make the last four after two washouts.

In 2013 the two teams met in the tournament with England winning comfortably.

The aftermath, when David Warner aimed a punch at Joe Root at a Birmingham bar, is remembered more.

Buttler, one of three left in the England team from that day, is hoping the hosts can land a metaphorical knockout blow by beating their fierce rivals.

"We won't think too much about it ... but it is always nice to know that would be the outcome if we did win," Buttler said of the chance to end Australia's tournament.

"We now know we have qualified for the semi-finals, but we want to be going into a semi-final on the back of a win - and we'll be desperate to do that on Saturday."

Buttler said even though England had already qualified for the last four the stakes for Saturday's match will rise.

"Of course they do - any England-Australia game is a huge game," he said.

"Both sides are very aggressive, attacking teams.

"We will not change our style of cricket. We'll keep trying to take them on.

"They've got some good pace bowlers, but we'll try and be aggressive with the bat as well."

News Corp Australia


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