England crumble as Australia safe World Cup semi-final spot

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England’s Cricket World Cup hopes have taken one other blow in a 64-run loss to Austalia, who’ve turn out to be the primary workforce to safe a semi-final spot.

It was an Aaron Finch century and Jason Behrendorff five-for which stole the present for Australia on the dwelling of cricket, in what is going to go down as a confidence-boosting win.

Australia appears to be peaking on the proper time, and whereas all of the questions nonetheless weren’t answered, it was Finch and David Warner who have been immense in opposition to the brand new ball on a seaming inexperienced prime, which actually made life difficult.

Whereas they lived dangerously after being despatched in to bat first, edging balls and surving half probabilities, England typically bowled too brief and the runs actually picked up after the opening powerplay.

Warner although, discovered a method to get himself out as he chipped a ball to level from Moeen Ali, which had Australia 1 for 123 within the 23rd, however with the pitch and situations, that was nicely forward of expectations.

England continued to bowl poorly, however Usman Khawaja struggled to get going and Finch slowed on method to his hundred. Khawaja was finally out for 23, and Finch 100 flat, earlier than the Aussies collapsed, dropping 7 for 86 in 14.5 overs from the autumn of Khawaja to the lack of Pat Cummins.

In between, Steve Smith had held issues along with a well-made 38 from 34 balls, whereas Glenn Maxwell was his common self, tonking every part earlier than getting out for 12 off eight.

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Alex Carey held the ship collectively down the order, ending up with 38 off 27 not out in opposition to some fairly good English dying bowling, though the choice to bowl Ben Stokes solely six overs was a baffling one.

In reply, England acquired off to the worst attainable begin as Behrendorff and Starc proved precisely what may occur on the pitch when the ball was full and allowed to swing underneath the humid and overcast situations.

Behrendorff had James Vince second ball, and Starc had Joe Root trapped in entrance only a handful of overs later for eight.

Root was purported to the principle man who everybody may bat with, nevertheless, with Root gone, the chase unravelled fairly shortly.

Eoin Morgan by no means regarded comfy, and kind of like he was rattled by the scenario earlier than he acquired out, whereas a dumb shot from Jonny Bairstow additionally had him again within the dressing rooms at four for 53, simply as that they had began to rebuild.

Stokes continued to bat on, however when England misplaced Jos Buttler, frustratingly caught on the fence, it was at all times going to be an uphill battle.

Finch rotated his bowlers expertly, helped by the type of Nathan Lyon, and the superb work of all-rounder Marcus Stoinis.

Nonetheless, whereas Stokes was there, the sport felt alive, however that will quickly change when Starc bowled a contender for ball of the match, sending a yorker straight by way of the massive all rounder to in the end kill their cost on the finish of the 37th over.

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The loss leaves England in all types of hazard on the backside of the highest 4. Their last two video games of the match will see them tackle India and New Zealand, with neither something near a assured win.

In the meantime, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan are snapping at their heels, and if outcomes occur what number of count on them to, there’s each probability England may now miss out on the semi-finals in their very own yard.

On the opposite aspect of the coin, Australia are into the semi-finals and might’t be mathematically mowed down anymore, which suggests all of the strain of their last two video games in opposition to New Zealand and South Africa has been launched.

Match abstract

Australia: 7/285 (50) (Aaron Finch 100, David Warner 53, Alex Carey 38*, Steve Smith 38, Chris Woakes 2/46), defeat England: 10/221 (47) (Ben Stokes 89, Jason Behrendorff 5/44, Mitchell Starc four/43) by 64 runs.

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