Snooker World Cup 2017: England can end Australia hopes


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England have a chance to knock Australia out of the World Cup of Snooker when the pair meet on Friday in Wuxi.

The English have cruised through the event to date, dropping just two frames from their four outings, including particularly impressive whitewashes of Switzerland and Pakistan.

In contrast, the Aussies suffered shock defeats to both Malta and Iran and find themselves third in Group C, level on points with the Middle Eastern nation.

Iran and Malta also face off on Friday and the Australian duo of Neil Robertson and Kurt Dunham will undoubtedly have an eye on that match, with both of those nations still having a chance of progression, albeit with the Maltese possessing a negative frame difference.

Judd Trump and Barry Hawkins on the other hand can afford to relax and seem to be taking the singles form they have shown in recent years into the team format.

A quarter-final place is assured so they will be looking to relax and enjoy their fourth outing together at the Wuxi City Sports Park Stadium.

From a personnel point of view, England certainly have an advantage with both Trump and Hawkins in the top seven in the current rankings.

Robertson is eighth but Dunham is down in 97th and will need to play out of his skin if the men from Down Under are to have any chance of winning this one.

This suggests that a decent win for England could be on the cards, with a triumph by three frames certainly a possibility on Friday.

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