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Steve Smith Likely to Feature In The Decider Against England

Australian batsman Steve Smith missed the first two ODIs against England due to a concussion after getting hit on the head with a ball in training. Australia lost the second match in the ODI series. England went to bat first and set up 231 for nine wickets on a pitch hard to score runs on.

Australia had a good start and were only 144 for two but slumped off quickly at 207 all out and lost the match by 24 runs. Australia skipper Aaron Finch played a knock of 73 runs and Marnus Labuschagne scored 48 which didn’t prove enough for the Aussies.

The first ODI was won by Australia and now the series is levelled up at 1-1 with one match remaining. The ODI series being played between England and Australia is a part of the World Cup Super League campaign.

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He has ticked every box at the moment: Justin Langer on Steve Smith’s return

Australian head coach Justin Langer told Steve Smith has been training and has completed all the concussion protocols. He will be hitting the nets today, unless he is not feeling well, told Langer.

“Fingers crossed. We know what a great player he is, he got a blow to the head in training the day before the first game, so we’ve been going through all the concussion protocols, he’s definitely tracking in the right direction.

“We’re hopeful he’ll be right for tomorrow, but if he doesn’t come up again, then like always we’ll keep him healthy in mind. Australia coach Justin Langer as quoted by ESPNCricinfo.

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He was just practising, we talk about Steve, he was probably on his 30,000th ball, probably had two or three to go, and the wickets over here, the facilities have been brilliant, but they’re a bit worn because of so much traffic through them over the past few months.

“One ball just didn’t quite get up, he ducked into it and it hit him in the side of the helmet.He did all his running yesterday, did some high speed running, worked hard as part of the protocols, he has ticked every box at the moment, so he will 100% have a bat this afternoon unless he’s not feeling well this morning. He’ll definitely have a hit this afternoon,” he added.

We’ve played well with no cricket under our belts: Justin Langer on Australia’s current form

Australia lost the T20I series 2-1 and are 1-1 in the ODI series with one game left to play. This series is the first game team Australia are playing after the long gap influenced by the lockdown. Head Coach Justin Langer feels Australia have been doing good considering they have just returned from a long gap.

“It’s been disappointing, we’ve played such great cricket throughout this whole tour. You always look below the surface, how we’ve all played our cricket, all the guys have played their cricket from the moment we arrived with no cricket under our belts, it’s been a real credit to the boys.

“Consistently across the board we’ve been really impressive. there’s a few areas we need to get better at though, and that’s part of becoming a great team,” Langer said.

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The final match of the series will be played on 16th September at the same ground of Old Trafford. The third match would be the decider for the series which is at level, as of now.

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Adam Gilchrist Sheds Light On Australia’s Prolonged Problems

Former Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist has explained Australia’s main problem which has been affecting their games for a number of years now. Australia are touring England for a white ball series and the T20I series was won by  England 2-1.  The Aussies have been on a low since getting knocked out of the ODI World Cup last year by England, and have since only won 2 out of 7 ODIs.

The ODI starts on Friday and will end on the 16th of September, after which the players participating in the IPL will travel to the UAE through a charter plane.

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Adam Gilchrist identifies the flaws in Team Australia

The former Australian wicket-keeping batsman thinks the middle order has been the Australian team’s Achilles heel for years. The middle-order has failed to get runs and have been easy and quick wickets for the opposition.  He gave an example of a similar situation that occurred in the first T20 against England, where Australia had a head start but after the openers’ wickets, the middle order failed to carry on.

“(The middle overs) has been a little bit of a handbrake for the Australians in the one-day format for a number of years, particularly against the spinning ball. Not only does the run rate come down but they tend to lose wickets in clumps – we saw that with the collapse in the first T20. I think that’s the area where other teams have tended to be accelerating and playing that more aggressive brand of cricket,” Gilchrist was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia.

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“That’s been our Achilles heel for a number of years (and) will be challenging again, with the make-up of the England bowling line-up and how everyone in world cricket is probably aware of that handbrake for Australia there. It’s all on the Aussies to work out what the psychology will be, what the match plan will be and what the make-up of the batting order will be.”


“The Wicket-keeping role is another issue for Australia,” says Adam Gilchrist

The legendary wicket-keeper is concerned about the Aussies’ wicket-keeping choice. The T20 series saw Mathew Wade keep wickets for Australia but for ODI Alex Carey will play the role. Gilchrist reckons the keeping spot has not been fulfilled since Brad Haddin.

“That wicketkeeping role, Alex Carey showing so much promise in an array of facets of the game – leadership, his wicketkeeping is excellent, he’s opened in Big Bash with great success, and he’s shown some really solid form in that middle-order finishing role,” Adam Gilchrist said.

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Alex Carey. Credits: Cricket Australia.

“But he still hasn’t consistently banged out 80 off 40, total game-changing innings, a la a guy like (England’s Jos) Buttler does regularly, or (Jonny) Bairstow if he happens to have the gloves. That wicketkeeping allrounder position has not quite been totally fulfilled, probably since Brad Haddin. So there’ll be some decisions to be made there by selectors about who they think can do it, or by Alex Carey about just how innovate and creative and aggressive he needs to be to have that impact. And is it at the top of the order, or down at seven, six, or floating?.” Adam Gilchrist added.

29-year-old Alex Carey has had a good start to his ODI career, scoring 884 runs from 36 appearances at an average of 34. He had an impressive run of 375 runs from nine innings at the 2019 World Cup. Adam Gilchrist feels Carey needs to adopt a little more to make a permanent place in Australia’s Playing XI.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Jason Roy Faces Fine And Demerit Points For Showing Dissent To The Umpires

English opening batsman Jason Roy has faced a fine along with two demerit points for showing dissent to the on-field umpires during his dismissal in the second semi-final of the ongoing 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.

On Thursday (11th July), England and Australia met in the second semi-final of this tournament at Birmingham. Jason Roy played an important role for his team to secure a comfortable victory in that semi-final.

Chasing the target of 224 runs, English opening batsmen Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow provided the 124 runs partnership. In this crucial match, Roy completed his half-century in 50 balls. After completing that half-century, Roy was batting furiously and moving towards a fast century knock.

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Jason Roy was a victim of the poor umpiring decision

Soon after the dismissal of Bairstow (34 runs), Roy also returned to the pavilion due to the wrong decision by the field umpires. On the 19.4 overs, Roy tried to play a pull shot off the Australian right-arm pacer Pat Cummins. However, he failed to make contact on that and the wicketkeeper Alex Carey grabbed that ball excellently. The Australian players made a confident appeal and the bowling end umpire Kumar Dharmasena gave that out.

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Jason Roy was angry after Kumar Dharmasena gave him out wrongly (Image Credit: Google)

Roy couldn’t believe that decision, and he was furious at the on-field umpires. As Bairstow wasted the solitary review, Roy had the only option to return to the dressing room. The UltraEdge confirmed that it was a wrong decision.

Jason Roy, who deserved a memorable century, lost his wicket on 85 runs off 65 balls (nine fours and five sixes).

However, England won that match easily as they chased down that target in 32.1 overs after losing just two wickets.

Roy escaped match-suspension

After the end of the match, Roy has been found guilty of breaching Article 2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel. As a result, he received a 30% fine of his match fees and also received two demerit points. However, Roy hasn’t got any suspension for that. So, he is in no danger to miss the final of this tournament on this Sunday.

Jason Roy has also admitted the offence and sanction. So, there will be no formal hearing for this.

England will face New Zealand at Lord’s (London) in the final of this 2019 CWC on this Sunday (14th July). England will play their fourth CWC final while New Zealand will play their second CWC final. However, both teams have never won the Cricket World Cup in the past editions.

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ICC World Cup 2019: Australia vs England, Edgbaston – Australia’s Predicted Playing XI

Australia is set to face hosts England in the second semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2019, at the Edgbaston in Birmingham on Thursday (July 11). Despite being marred by injuries, Australia had some quality players waiting in the wings with Matthew Wade and Mitchell Marsh already being called up as a cover.

So far, Australia is yet to lose a semi-final in the ODI showpiece. It’s going to be an enticing clash in a couple of days time.

Here’s Australia’s predicted XI for the second semi-final against England:

David Warner:

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David Warner has been in incredible form. He has amassed 638 runs in nine matches at an average of 79.75.

The southpaw would be crucial for Aussies in the semi-final clash at Edgbaston. He would be eyeing for a rollicking start.

Aaron Finch:

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Aaron Finch has led from the front. He has scored the bulk of the runs for his team. Finch has backed his team by scoring at the brisk pace.

In nine innings Finch has slammed 507 runs at an average of 56.33.

Steven Smith:

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Steven Smith has a mixed show at the World Cup. The backbone of Australian batting line-up Smith has 294 runs to his name in nine matches.

All in all, the right-handed batsman is a big match player.

Matthew Wade:

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The Hobart-born 31-year-old left-handed batsman, Matthew Wade, has enough experience on his back. In 94 ODIs, Wade has 1777 runs to his name. He also has ten half-centuries and a ton to his name.

Wade is known for his establishing role in the middle overs.

Glenn Maxwell:

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So far, Glenn Maxwell had a below average tournament. He has 155 runs to his name in nine innings.

However, given his ability to change the complexion of the game, Maxwell altogether becomes a threat in such crunch moments of the game.

Alex Carey:

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Alex Carey has been exceptional with his knock, in the previous game, he has played fighting innings to keep Australia afloat in the high-scoring game.

Carey is also known for changing his gears, and he has been handy at the fag end of innings,

Mitchell Marsh:

The 27-year-old all-rounder Mitchell Marsh could get a straightaway game. With his average reading 35.7 in 53 ODIs, Marsh is known for going after the bowlers, as well.

The right-handed batsman Marsh is capable of stitching partnerships in the middle overs.

Pat Cummins:

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Speedster Pat Cummins had done significantly well for his team. Cummins, who not only stemmed the run flow in the middle overs, further went on to pick wickets at the regular intervals. He has 13 wickets to his name.

Mitchell Starc:

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Mitchell Starc is in some red-hot form. The only game he went wicketless came against India. The left-arm paceman has bagged two five-wicket hauls and as many four-wicket hauls.

Starc is the leading wicket-taker of the competition with 26 scalps under his belt.

Jason Behrendorff:

Jason Behrendorff
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The promising youngster Jason Behrendorff has featured in four matches. He has nine wickets to his name.

Behrendorff would be crucial for Australia in the initial overs.

Nathan Lyon:

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The premium off-spinner Nathan Lyon has three wickets under his name in as many games. Lyon has a wealth of experience. He could give a tough time to the Three Lions.

Aaron Finch
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ICC World Cup 20109: Aaron Finch Heaped Praise on Jason Behrendorff After His Outstanding Spell

Australia have booked their semifinal places in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 with a 64-run win over host England at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. Defending 285 runs, Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc combined well to contain England to secure their fifth win of the tournament. Aussie skipper Aaron Finch hailed Behrendorff who pulled off a stunning effort only in his second World Cup game.

Feels good to be in the semifinal: Finch

Defending 285 runs, Jason Behrendorff got the perfect start for Australia. Micthell Starc soon joined the party to dismiss Joe Root and Eoin Morgan to put England on the backfoot. Striving at 26 for three, Ben Stokes started the revival but lacked partners at the other end. Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid got starts but failed to capitalise which left Stokes alone to do the job. Behrendorff cleaned the tail with a five-wicket haul while Starc bagged four wickets to bowl out England for 221 runs to book a semifinal berth.

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Previously, after putting to bat first, David Warner and skipper Aaron Finch got Australia off to a flying start adding 121 runs for the first wicket. It was a difficult wicket to bat, and gradually, the conditions got bad. Contributions from Alex Carey down the order helped the defending champions post a challenging total of 285 runs on the board at the end of 50 overs.

Today’s win is Australia second win over Australia since 2018 and what time to get it. The defending champions sealed their top-four spot, and skipper Aaron Finch admitted that it feels good to be the first team to achieve this.

“That’s the first part ticked off, which is a really nice feeling. I think England are a stand-out side who can take you apart with ball and bat quite quickly. It was nice that we found ways to keep getting wickets,” Finch said at the end of the game.

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Furthermore, Aaron Finch showered praise on Jason Behrendorff, who claimed five wickets today. Finch said that the left-arm pacer is an asset for the team with his ability to swing the ball into the right-handers.

“Behrendorff bowled beautifully, we’ve you’ve got a guy who can swing the ball back down the line to the right-handers, that’s an asset,” he concluded.

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Global Sports Round Up on 10th February, 2018

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Australia vs England, 3rd T20, Melbourne 

Australia have been set a target of 138 in the third T20 of the triangular series at the MCG in Melbourne. Australia won the toss and chose to field first. England started poorly as they lost two early wickets of Alex Hales and Jason Roy. England’s innings was steadied by Jos Buttler who scored 46 runs to help his team reach a competitive total of 137/7. Kane Richardson picked up three wickets while Billy Stanlake picked up two wickets. Australia in reply were 84/2 in 10 overs at the time of writing.

Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Dhaka 

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Sri Lanka won the second Test by 215 runs as the hosts were bundled out for 123 runs in the second innings of the second Test. Sri Lanka started day three at 200/8 with Roshen Silva and Suranga Lakmal at the crease. The tourists could only add 26 runs to their total and were bowled out for 226 setting Bangladesh a target of 339. The hosts were bundled out for a mere 123 runs as Mominul Haque top scored with 33 runs. For Sri Lanka Akila Dhananjaya was the star with the ball as he picked up five wickets while Rangana Herath picked up four wickets. Roshen Silva was adjudged the man of the match and series.

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Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe, 2nd T20I, Sharjah:

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Afghanistan defeated Zimbabwe for the second night straight as they won the second Twenty20 International match in Sharjah by 17 runs.

Zimbabwe won the toss and opted to field first. Afghanistan scored 158 for nine in their quota of 20 overs.

Batsman Mohammed Nabi was the top scorer with 45 runs while top-order batsmen Karim Sadiq and Asghar Stanikzai scored 28 and 27 respectively.

Tendai Chatara picked up three wickets for Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe scored just 141 for 5 in the second innings.

Sikander Raza was the top scorer with 40 runs. Star leg-spinner Rashid Khan picked up two wickets.

South Africa vs India, 3rd ODI, Cape Town:

South Africa won the toss and decided to bowl first in the third One-day International at the Newlands in Cape Town on Wednesday (February 7). India leads the six-match series 2-0.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Heinrich Klaasen and young fast bowler Lungi Ngidi have been included in the South African playing XI and will make their ODI debut. India has gone in with the same side.

Australia vs England, 2nd T20, Hobart: 

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England scored 155 for nine in their 20 overs. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images).

England set the target of 156 runs for Australia in the second match of the Trans-Tasman Tri-series.

Australia won the toss and elected to bowl first. Dawid Malan was the top scorer for England with 50 runs. Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales scored 22 runs each. Glen Maxwell picked up three wickets in the innings. England finished their 20 overs at 155 for nine.

Australia lost the wickets of David Warner and Chris Lynn and were 34 for 2 in four overs at the time of filing this report.

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South Africa vs India, 3rd Test, Johannesburg 

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India’s Captain Virat Kohli celebrates with teammates after winning the fourth day of the third Test match between South Africa and India at Wanderers cricket ground in Johannesburg on January 27, 2018.
India beat South Africa by 63 runs on the fourth day of the third and final Test at the Wanderers Stadium on January 27. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA (Photo credit should read GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

India won the third and final Test of the series by 63 runs at the Wanderers in Johannesburg. South Africa started day four at 17/1 chasing 240 in the fourth innings. Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla started strongly and were involved in a 119 runs partnership. However, the Indian bowlers had different ideas as Ishant Sharma removed Amla on 52. None of the South African batsman consolidated after that as De Villiers and Faf Du Plessis were also removed on 6 and 2 respectively. Dean Elgar remained unbeaten on 86. Mohammed Shami took five wickets in 12.3 overs as South Africa was all-out for 177. South Africa won the series 2-1.

New Zealand vs Pakistan, Mount Maunganui, 3rd T20

Pakistan won the third T20 by 18 runs and won the series 2-1, with this win Pakistan became the number one ranked side in T20 internationals. Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat first. Fakhar Zaman top scored for the tourists with 46 runs. A late burst by Umar Amin took the score to 181/6 in 20 overs. Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner took two wickets each. New Zealand could only score 163/6 in their quota of 20 overs. Martin Guptill top scored with 59 runs. Ross Taylor and Mitchell Santner were involved in a 39 runs partnership for the sixth wicket. Shadab Khan was the pick of the bowlers for the Pakistan side with two wickets.

Australia vs England, 5th ODI, Perth

Australia restricted England for 259 runs in the 47.4 overs. Australia won the toss and chose to field first in the fifth ODI. England started well as their openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow were involved in 71 runs partnership. Joe Root top scored for the tourists with 62 runs. For Australia, Andrew Tye was the pick of the bowlers as he picked up five wickets giving away 46 runs in 9.4 overs. Australia was 228/8 in 44.4 overs at the time of writing.

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Roger Federer vs Marin Cilic

Roger Federer won the first set with ease winning it 6-2. However, the Croatian struck back in the second set winning the set in a tiebreaker 7-6. Federer again went into cruise control mode as he won the third set 6-3. Cilic won the fourth set 6-3.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 26: Roger Federer of Switzerland waves triumphantly to the crowd on Rod Laver Arena after his opponent, Hyeon Chung of South Korea retired injured in their semi final on day 12 of the 2018 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images)

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South Africa vs India, 3rd Test, Johannesburg 

The second day of the third and final Test at the Wanderers as India dismissed the hosts for 194 with a lead of seven runs. Hashim Amla was the top scorer for South Africa with 61 runs. He was accompanied by Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander who scored 30 and 35 runs respectively. For India, Jasprit Bumrah picked up his maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket. India started well in the second innings and were 100/4 at lunch on day two with Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane at the crease.

Australia vs England, 4th ODI, Adelaide

Australia finally picked up a victory in the limited overs format as they won the fourth ODI by three wickets at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide. Australia won the toss and chose to bowl first. The decision paid off for the hosts as they restricted England at 8/5 at one stage. England skipper Eoin Morgan and Moeen Ali then scored 33 each. But the star with the bat for England was Chris Woakes who scored 78 off 82 to take the total to 196. Australia had some hiccups but achieved the target with 13 overs to go and three wickets in hand. Travis Head scored 96 while opening the innings in Aaron Finch’s absence. Pat Cummins was adjudged the man of the match for bowling figures of 4 for 24 in his 10 overs.

2018 ICC Under-19 World Cup, Quarter-final, Results

India vs Bangladesh 

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India beat Bangladesh by 131 runs to win the quarterfinal clash of ICC U-19 World Cup 2018. Getty Images

India moved to the semi-final of the World Cup and set up a clash with arch-rivals Pakistan after defeating Bangladesh in the quarterfinals by 131 runs. India won the toss and chose to bat first and were dismissed for 265 in 49.2 overs. Shubman Gill top scored with 86 runs while Abhishek Sharma and Prithvi Shaw scored 50 and 40 respectively. Bangladesh was bundled out for a mere 134 in 42.1 overs. Kamlesh Nagarkoti picked up three wickets while Shivam Mavi picked up two wickets.

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Australian Open, Men’s Semi-Final, Results

Roger Federer vs Hyeon Chung

Roger Federer moved to the final of 2018 Australian Open as Korea’s Hyeon Chung retired hurt in the second set as Federer led the match with 6-1, 5-2. Federer will face Marin Cilic in the final on Sunday.


ICC U-19 World Cup: Lloyd Pope’s Eight-For Fires Australia To Thrilling Win Over England

The match could have gone either way when the lunch break was taken with England reeling on 79 for 5 in reply to Australia’s modest total of 127. However, it was Australia who held their nerve and defended the modest total by bowling out England for just 96 in the first quarterfinal to make it to the semifinal. Leg-spinner Lloyd Pope was the star of the show finishing with astonishing figures of 8 for 35 after taking the first five English wickets.

It was looking like an one way traffic when England openers – Tom Banton and Liam Banks- added 47 runs for the opening wicket. However,  the game turned on its head when Lloyd Pope was introduced in the attack. In his second over, Pope dismissed Banks and skipper Harry Brook on successive deliveries to help Australia claw their way back into the game.

Four runs later, Pope added another to his tally by accounting for Will Jacks for just 1. A 20-run stand between Banton and Euan Woods stopped the rot for a while but Pope once again brought back Australia in the game by dismissing the well set Banton and Finlay Trenouth in quick succession to leave England reeling at 79 for 5 when the lunch break was taken.

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Pope took 8 for 35 (Credits: Getty)

Australia then all but sealed the game’s fate in their favour by taking three quick wickets after the break to reduce England to 84 for 8. A 12-run stand between Jack Davies and Ethan Bamber would have given Australia a moment of worry but Pope took the remaining two wickets in his last over to fire the three-time champions to a famous win and finish the game with an unbelievable 8 wickets.

Earlier in the day, Ethan Bamber, Dillon Pennington and Will Jacks took three wickets apiece to derail Australia’s innings. Jason Sangha’s decision to bat first was proven completely wrong as England bowled out the three time hosts for just 127 in the 34th over. Jack Edwards was the first Australian wicket to fall when he was trapped lbw by Pennington for just 3. 16 runs later, Pennington struck again to send back the other opener – Max Bryant for just 16 which eventually turned out to be the second highest score for Australia.

Australia’s innings was totally derailed when they lost two wickets inside six runs after Bryant’s departure before q 31-run stand between Sangha and Nathan McSweeney stopped the rot for a while. The stand was broken when McSweeney was dismissed by Bamber and triggered another mini collapse which saw them getting reduced to 86 for 7.

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Australia were bowled out for just 127 (Credits: ICC)

With Sangha holding firm from one end, Zak Evans provided him some support as the duo shared the highest stand of the innings, taking the score from 86 to 122 before the latter became Jacks’ second victim. One run later, Sangha was also sent back by Jacks for 58 beforev Euan Woods wrapped up the Australian innings.

Brief scores:

Australia 127 for 10 (Sangha 58, Jacks 3-21, Pennington 3-27) beat England 96 for 10 (Banton 58, Pope 8 for 35) by 31 runs.

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