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Michael Hussey believes that the Champions Trophy final will be a showdown between Australia and England.
The two arch-rivals will go head to head in the group stage of the tournament as they will face each other on June 10 at Edgbaston.
However, even though Australia have won the Champions Trophy twice while England have never managed to capture the coveted trophy, Hussey conceded that England will be hard to beat as they will be playing on home soil.
“Australia and as much as I hate to say it, England,” the former Australia batsman told cricket.com.au. “It’s so hard in these tournaments because they are all so good. England are a good chance to win it all. They’ve got a good all-round team. They’ll be well led and well coached. They know their home conditions so well and they’ll have that home ground support.
“As for Australia, they’ve got a nicely balanced squad. There are some exciting X-factor players there and some serious pace bowlers. You’ve got the big guns in David Warner and Steven Smith but somebody like a Chris Lynn could be an X-factor if he gets going.”
When asked if the pressure of playing at home will get to England, Hussey insisted that captain Eoin Morgan and head coach Trevor Bayliss will do everything in their power to ensure that does not happen.
“Pressure is something they’ll have to deal with but I think they’ll be well-led,” he said. “Eoin Morgan and Trevor Bayliss will keep their minds where they need to be. They’ll keep them relaxed, really calm, and that’s where they’ll come in and play a really important part. If you’ve got a coaching staff that’s uptight or too energetic, sometimes all the external pressure and stress can get to the players.”