Steve Smith calls England ‘predictable’ ahead of Champions Trophy showdown

• Smith wary of ‘dangerous batters’ Australia will face at Edgbaston
• Eoin Morgan: ‘If you never play an Ashes test this is the closest you will get’

Eoin Morgan has described facing Australia in a one-day tournament as being as close as he will come to experiencing the heat of an Ashes series. But as his players prepared for a free shot at sending their rivals home from the Champions Trophy, the England captain received a flavour of its intensity when his counterpart Steve Smith described his tactics as “predictable”.

Morgan, an unused squad player on England’s victorious 2010-11 Ashes tour, became a limited-overs specialist after a 16-cap Test career that only briefly flickered and since taking over the limited overs captaincy at the start of the 2015 World Cup has led a revival that now sees them already booked into Wednesday’s first semi-final.

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