ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2019
Live Score Updates
Australia 18/3 (7.2 Ovs)
Steven Smith 1 (17)
Jofra Archer 3.2-0-7-1
Handscomb comes into the side in a big game. And fails. He somehow survived the lbw calls and now gets bowled off an inside edge. Second for Woakes. Length and just a little bit of movement inside.
Australia 14 for 3
Plenty of drama!
Handscomb comes in to bat and is pinged in front first ball. England deliberate and take the review. It was umpire’s call. Nerves and Australia are feeling the pressure.
Australia 10 for 2
Warner goes now and all the pressure is now on Australia. Woakes joins the party. Length ball and angling away. Warner fended at that one and got a thick outside edge. Easy catch for Bairstow at slips.
England 10 for 2
Finch has bagged a first-ball duck. Takes the review and Australia have lost that as well. Full and nips in. No bat and it was crashing into the stumps.
England 4 for 1
Alrighty then, the national anthems are done, Finch and Warner out to open, Woakes to start with the ball. Excited?
TOSS – Australia opt to bat. Handscomb replaces Khawaja for the visitors; England unchanged
England (Playing XI): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Australia (Playing XI): David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Steven Smith, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey(w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon
15 mins to go for toss. The forecast looking good and there’s enough time to read this brilliant feature on Liam Plunkett.
So who are you backing today? Stay tuned and we’ll bring you more updates.
Australia – Justin Langer made the intriguing move of confirming Peter Handscomb will “definitely play”, just as it looked like he was going to play it cute. That will see him as a direct replacement for Khawaja. There is also a suggestion Wade could get a go, perhaps at number three, at the expense of Glenn Maxwell, who has not fired with the bat. Finch backed his mate and spoke of him in glowing terms, particular his value with ball and in the field. It seems there may be further discussions into the evening around that particular selection. But otherwise, lefties and all, they are set.
Hello and welcome to the live blog of the second ICC Cricket World Cup semifinal between England and Australia. It’s England’s promise vs Australia’s pedigree in tussle for one final spot. Australia know what it takes to win a World Cup. England have revamped the way they just for this moment. It’s time for them to walk the talk. All that chatter about No. 1 in ODIs won’t be of any use if they don’t win the World Cup.
Head-to-head records don’t tend to matter at the business ends of competitions like these, which is annoying for the hosts because they’ve had the best of the recent exchanges coming into 2019. For what it’s worth, Australia have not won an ODI here since 1993 and their last Test victory was back in 2001.
The pitch is fresh, almost dead-centre. The outfield freshly mowed and light under the toes. New Zealand-India was the low-scoring thriller and expect this match to be the fast-scoring semi. The pitch has been able to breathe over the last few days and been carefully manicured by the local ground staff, under the watchful eye of the ICC. “It looks like a good wicket,” said Finch. What grass was on it on Wednesday morning was expected to be shaved. Nevertheless, Edgbaston does good cricket wickets. The toss, though still a big deal, may not be as brutal a factor.
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