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Reigning Champion Australia Drown Host England


Gradually getting the momentum, favorite for ever Australia thumped host and hot favorite England by 64 runs at Cricket head quarter Lords.

Reigning Champion Australia Drowns Host England
Jason Behrendorff claims a fifer against England. Photo: Getty Images

 

This win secures position of Australia in the elite group of four with two games still to play with 12 points from 7 matches. The position of England is still uncertain with 8 points from 7 matches.

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England lost to Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia. With matches against India and New Zealand, England has to hope against the hope to get through. Any team of the three Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan may pip them to the post.

Australia and England shares many things. Queen Elizabeth is the Queen of both the country. Many Australian suburbs are named like English suburb. Both follow almost similar strategy in global politics. But in cricket they are formidable foes, bitter rivals.

Their bilateral test series is famous as “ ASHES” and is played with great festive fervor. The next version of Ashes is not very far. In recent past England was ruling the roost over Australia. The heat and excitement of Ashes was created when the teams met yesterday at cricket Head Quarter.

The terrace was full to the brim. The encounter was the event of confirmation of semi final berth for green and gold and mission of survival for English lion. Australia plotted a plan and executed clinically. English mission was dashed. England now need to win their matches against India and New Zealand to get through. It is now a very difficult equation.

Under overcast sky on a seaming wicket Morgan put Australia to bat after winning the toss. Quality English pacers Woakes and Archer started swinging and seaming at pace. Determined Flinch and Warner stood the ground. English fielders dropped few half chances.

The partnership flourished to 123 setting an ideal launching pad. Warner left after scoring 53 but Flinch went on to yet another 100. With Carey (38*) and Khawaja (23) making contributions Australia posted an impressive 285/7.

English pacers bowled at wrong length and line failing to exploit the bowler friendly ambience. Australia played English fast bowlers Archer and Wood very well. Woakes (2/46) was the only English bowler earning respect from Australian batsmen. Spinners M Ali and Adil Rashid also failed to impress.

Australian bowlers however bowled at right channel and crushed top order with fast and furious pace. Behrendorff and Starc soon reduced England to 4/53 by the 14th over. Vince was removed in the very first over, Root and Morgan were removed very cheaply.

Bairstow also could not do much damage. It was left to Stokes and Buttler to resurrect.

They added 71 in the 5th wicket partnership. But once Buttler was removed even the best of Stokes (89) did not prove enough to challenge Australia set target. Starc struck the vital blow when his toe crushing fast in swinging Yorker rattled the furniture of well set Stokes.

Behrendorff (5/43) and Starc (4/44) bundled England all out 221. Australia won huge and handsome by 64 runs.

England has matches against strong India and New Zealand. They have to win both to proceed. These matches will not all be easy for them. Bangladesh also has two matches against Pakistan and India. They look capable of winning both.

If England loose both and Bangladesh win one Bangladesh will have realistic chance unless matches Sri Lanka and Pakistan win all their remaining matches. These make all matches from now very interesting.

Teams Matches Win Loss Rain Grace Points Net Run Rate
Australia 7 6 1 0 12 0.906
New Zealand 6 5 0 1 11 1.306
India 5 4 0 1    9 0.808
England 7 4 3 0    8 1.051
Bangladesh 7 3 3 1    7 -0.133
Sri Lanka 6 2 2 2    6 -1.119
Pakistan 6 2 3 1    5 -1.265
West Indies 6 1 4 1    3 0.190
South Africa 7 1 5 1    3 -0.324
Afghanistan 7 0 7  0    0 -1.634

 

It appears from above that only Afghanistan and South Africa are out of the race. Australia only has ensured a place among the top four. Other 7 teams have theoretical possibility of capturing the other three spots among the elite group of four.

Net run rate may play a vital role and also head to head result. There are chances of teams getting locked at 9 points.

This was do or die match for host England. Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are breathing on their neck. With sun shining and wicket looking batting friendly England is highly unlikely to win matches against strong India and New Zealand Any of the teams Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan or West Indies may pip them to the post.

World cup misery of England may be extended.

ICC World Cup Match 32 Played at Lords, London on 25

Australia Vs England

Brief Scorecard:

Australia 285/7 ( Aaron Flinch 100, DA Warner 53, SPD Smith 38, AT Carey 38* , UT Khawaja 23,CR Woakes 2/46) beat England 211 All Out in 44.4 Overs ( BA Stokes 89, JC Buttler 29, JM Bairstow 27, CR Woakes 26, AU Rashid 25, JP Behrendorff 5/43, M Starc 4/44) by 64 runs.
Player Of the Match: Aaron Flinch

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