2019 ICC Cricket World Cup | Match #32 | England v Australia

2019 ICC Cricket World Cup | Match #32 | England v Australia

6:30pm | We’re into the business end of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, and tonight is the one we’ve all be waiting for – England against Australia from the Home of Cricket, Lord’s!

It’s the commencement of a massive winter of contests between these two teams, with the Specsavers Ashes Series to follow the World Cup, and they may yet face off again in this tournament, depending on how the preliminary stage finishes.

England started as tournament favourites, and Australia are the defending World Champions… this is a contest not to be missed.

This is the second of just five games being played at Lord’s in this tournament – Australia will be back here on Saturday night to face New Zealand, and Pakistan will face Bangladesh here next Friday.

In a World Cup where weather has been the talking point, there is a slight chance of rain during the morning in London today, but we’re heading for a top of 25 degrees, and a cloudy, but dry afternoon, which leads us to believe that we should get a full game of Cricket tonight.

Hello everyone. Welcome to Zak Sports coverage of the 32nd match in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, and what a tournament we’ve seen thus far – South Africa have done nothing… they’ll play no part in the finals… England have not gone through undefeated, after suffering an early loss to Pakistan some three weeks ago, and then going down to Sri Lanka just last Friday, in what was an upset result.

Speaking of upsets, we very nearly saw two of them on Saturday, with the West Indies falling only six runs short of beating New Zealand, and Afghanistan fell only 12 shy of knocking off India.

We might be two weeks away from the semi-finals, but the big matches start tonight… there are four matches that feature the top four teams within the final fourteen preliminary matches of this World Cup – Australia face New Zealand on Saturday, England and India go head-to-head on Sunday, and then England and New Zealand collide next Wednesday, and with the points table likely to change between now and July 9, any of those matches could be a potential Semi-Final or Final preview.

Speaking of the points table, here’s how it stands after 31 matches.

The toss is coming up at 7pm AEST, so to fill in the time, here’s a look at the tournament so far, for both England and Australia.
As I said earlier, it hasn’t all gone to plan for England – they’d be disappointed to have lost two matches, particularly the one against Sri Lanka, but aside from that hiccup, they’re a run scoring machine – four scores above 300 thus far, two of which were above 380… if the Australian bowlers fail to get it right tonight, England will make them pay.

As for the Australians… they’re still hitting their straps… they’ve only lost one match thus far – that was against India – but these next two games will provide some insight into how they may fair come the finals in a fortnight.

The big problem for them, still, is the middle-order, and its tendency to collapse – it’s been ongoing, but something they’ll need to resolve, one would think, if they’re to win their sixth World Cup.

One big positive for Australia tonight is the absence of England destructive opener, Jason Roy. Roy tore his hamstring earlier this month, and while he did hit the nets yesterday, England won’t risk him in this match tonight.

Whatever you do, folks, stay with us… it’s Australia against the old enemy, from the Home of Cricket – a World Cup fixture not to be missed, and it’s coming up when we come back.

7:03pm | The news from Lord’s is that England’s Eoin Morgan has WON the toss, and elected to bowl first, and that means Aaron Finch and David Warner will be heading to the middle very shortly.

Let’s have a look at the two teams for tonight… England are fielding the same team that lost to Sri Lanka on Friday, while Australia has made two changes to its bowling attack, with Nathan Lyon coming in for Adam Zampa, and Jason Behrendorff playing just his second match of the tournament – replacing Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Play is coming up next – the Aussies will be batting, on an overcast Tuesday in London. Don’t go away!

7:30pm | 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup
Match 32 – England v Australia
LIVE from Lord’s
England won the toss, elected to bowl first.
Australia 0/0 (0)
Aaron Finch 0* (0) | David Warner 0* (0)
#CWC19 | #ENGvAUS | #ZakSportsAU

Hello again from the Home of Cricket, where a packed house awaits the start of one of the real key matches of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Aaron Finch and David Warner are out in the middle, ready to go – it’ll be particularly interesting to see how Warner and former captain Steve Smith fair tonight… they’ll be expecting some boos and sledging from the crowd, especially after Eoin Morgan stated that he won’t show them the same courtesy that Virat Kohli did earlier in the tournament.
Chris Woakes will open the bowling for England, and opening up in the commentary box will be Michael Clarke and Nasser Hussain!

8:01pm | Australia 0/32 (7)
Aaron Finch 19* (23) | David Warner 11* (19)

It’s been a compelling opening half-hour at Lord’s. Australia are 0/32, but very lucky to be so. Aaron Finch survived a DRS review, for LBW, on umpires call, which was NOT OUT, and England have the new ball zipping all over the show… there’s a lot of bounce in the pitch, which has helped the Australian opener, as they’ve cleared fielders on a couple of occasions.

Here are Michael Atherton and Isa Guha!

8:31pm | Australia 0/71 (14)
Aaron Finch 37* (49) | David Warner 29* (35)

It’s been a solid start for the Australians – they’ve avoided losing early wickets, and without scoring too freely, they’ve kept England’s bowling attack honest.
Ben Stokes comes into the attack, as Shaun Pollock and Michael Slater take up commentary!

8:52pm | Australia 0/102 (18.2)
Aaron Finch 50* (61) | David Warner 47* (48)

That’s fifty for the Australia Captain… what a World Cup Finch is having… his 25th fifty in ODI Cricket, and his 5th in World Cup Cricket.

The 100-run partnership is up as well – this has very much been Australia’s morning at Lord’s!

8:57pm | Australia 0/107 (19.1)
Aaron Finch 52* (63) | David Warner 50* (52)

Now, David Warner has his own half-century… off only 52 balls, so both the openers have made a start, and now the challenge is to go on with it… It’s 0/107 at Lord’s.

9:04pm | Australia 1/123 (22.4)
Aaron Finch 65* (75) | Usman Khawaja 0* (0)

GONE!!! MOEEN ALI GETS THE LONG AWAITED BREAKTHROUGH FOR ENGLAND, AND WHAT A WICKET IT IS… DAVID WARNER – CAUGHT OUT BY BOUNCE, AND THERE’S PLENTY OF IT IN THIS PITCH TODAY!
WARNER’S SCORED OVER 500 RUNS IN THIS CAMPAIGN NOW, BUT HE WON’T BE ADDING ANY FURTHER, TO THAT TALLY, TODAY! IT’S 1/123!

Warner | c Root, b Ali 53 (61) | FOW 1/123 (22.4)

Usman Khawaja is the new man in, as Michael Clarke and Ian Ward take over commentary!

9:37pm | Australia 2/173 (32.2)
Aaron Finch 92* (104) | Steve Smith 0* (0)

BOWLED HIM… A PEACH OF A DELIVERY FROM BEN STOKES, AND USMAN KHAWAJA HAS TO GO!

ENGLAND’S ALL-ROUNDER FINDS THE RIGHT LENGTH – IN THE SLOT, WHERE THEY’VE NEEDED TO BE ALL DAY… IT’S 2/173!

Khawaja | b Stokes | 23 (29) | 2/173 (32.2)

9:53pm | Australia 2/185 (35.2)
Aaron Finch 100* (115) | Steve Smith 4* (7)

THAT’LL DO IT – TWO RUNS TO AARON, AND ANOTHER CENTURY, IN WHAT’S BEEN A STELLAR WORLD CUP CAMPAIGN FOR THE AUSTRALIAN CAPTAIN!

2/185 – JUST UNDER 15 OVERS TO GO, AND ENGLAND WILL SURELY HAVE A BIG CHASE ON THEIR HANDS TONIGHT…

Here are Nasser Hussain and Michael Slater.

9:55pm | Australia 3/185 (35.3)
Glenn Maxwell 0* (0) | Steve Smith 4* (7)

GONE… A CENTURY ONE BALL, OUT THE NEXT… AARON FINCH HAS HOOKED ONE STRAIGHT DOWN THE THROAT OF CHRIS WOAKES, AND JUST AS WE WERE TALKING UP THE OPPORTUNITY OF A BIG SCORE FOR AUSTRALIA, THE CAPTAIN IS HEADING BACK TO THE PAVILION… 3/185!

Finch | c Woakes, b Archer | 100 (116) | FOW 3/185 (35.3)

10:08pm | Australia 4/213 (38.2)
Marcus Stoinis 0* (0) | Steve Smith 20* (16)

GONE… THE FAINTEST OF EDGES FROM MAXWELL… I REALLY DON’T KNOW WHAT HE WAS THINKING WITH THAT SHOT… TRYING TO GUIDE IT BEHIND SQUARE ON THE OFFSIDE, AND IT’S IN THE HANDS OF JOS BUTTLER, AS AUSTRALIA’S MIDDLE ORDER STUMBLES AGAIN – IT’S 4/213.

Maxwell | c Buttler, b Wood | 12 (8) | FOW 4/213 (38.2)

Marcus Stoinis is the new man in, as Shaun Pollock and Isa Guha take up commentary!

10:23pm | Australia 5/227 (41.4)
Alex Carey 0* (0) | Steve Smith 26* (21)

OUT… STOINIS IS ON HIS WAY… A COMPLETE COMMUNICATIONS BREAKDOWN SEES STOINIS AND SMITH STANDING AT THE SAME END OF THE PITCH, AS BAIRSTOW WHIPS THE BAILS OFF AT THE OTHER…
STOINIS WAS COMMITTED TO RUNNING TWO, BUT SMITH SAID OTHERWISE, AND AGAIN WE SEE THE AUSTRALIAN MIDDLE-ORDER STRUGGLING TO BUILD SOLID PARTNERSHIPS… THEY’VE LOST 4/54 IN THE LAST NINE OVERS… ENGLAND ARE RIGHT BACK IN THE CONTEST… IT’S 5/227.

Stoinis | run out | 8 (15) | FOW 5/227 (41.4)

10:40pm | Australia 6/250 (45.4)
Alex Carey 9* (11) | Pat Cummins 0* (0)

GONE… SMITH TRYING TO CLEAR THE BOUNDARY, ACCELERATE THE SCORING IN THE CLOSING OVERS, AND HE HASN’T GOT ENOUGH ON IT…
CHRIS WOAKES TOOK A CATCH FOR JOFRA ARCHER EARLIER, AND NOW ARCHER HAS BEEN ABLE TO RETURN THE FAVOUR…
WOAKES GETS HIS FIRST WICKET, AS STEVE SMITH FAILS TO BUILD ON HIS SOLID START… IT’S 6/250!

Smith | c Archer, b Woakes | 38 (34) | FOW 6/250 (45.4)

England are now into the tail – Pat Cummins has joined Alex Carey, and Michael Clarke is with Michael Atherton in the commentary box!

10:50pm | Australia 7/259 (47.1)
Alex Carey 17* (16) | Mitchell Starc 0* (0)

GONE… A THICK EDGE GIVE JOS BUTTLER A SIMPLE CATCH, IT GIVE CHRIS WOAKES HIS SECOND WICKET, AND IT GIVES PAT CUMMINS A LONELY WALK BACK TO THE PAVILION – BEATEN BY SWING… 7/259… THE WHEELS ARE FALLING OFF NOW!

Cummins | c Buttler, b Woakes | 1 (4) | FOW 7/259 (47.1)

11:05pm | 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup
Match 32 – England v Australia
LIVE from Lord’s
Australia 7/285 (50)
Alex Carey 38* (27) | Mitchell Starc 4* (6)
England Require 286 Runs to Win.
#CWC19 | #ENGvAUS | #ZakSportsAU

A solid finish for Australia, but they will be disappointed with the result… 7/285 after being 2/173… the middle-order woes continued, as England fought back well.

The average winning score here is 288, so the pressure is now on England… yes, they’ve restricted Australia to 285, but chasing that down is a whole different kettle of fish.

Australia will have to defend well, and early wickets will be key.
Here’s a look at how it unfolded – a great innings from Aaron Finch yet again, and David Warner played well for 53… 38 apiece for Carey and Smith, but no one else really got going.

For England, Adil Rashid was the only one not to get a wicket, and Chris Woakes was the only bowler to double-up.

Australia won the warm-up match between these two teams, after only posting 297… they bowled England out for 285…

Pressure is mounting on the host nation, and it’s funny what it does to you… don’t go anywhere… this is going to be a captivating run chase, and well worth staying up for… we’re back with England’s innings very shortly.

England 0/0 (0)
Target: 286
Overs Remaining: 50
Wickets in Hand: 10
Required Run Rate: 5.72

11:35pm | 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup
Match 32 – England v Australia
LIVE from Lord’s
Australia 7/285 (50) | England 0/0 (0)
Jonny Bairstow 0* (0) | James Vince 0* (0)
England Require 286 Runs to Win.
#CWC19 | #ENGvAUS | #ZakSportsAU

Welcome back to Lord’s – our LIVE coverage from the ‘Home of Cricket’, of Match 32 in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.
286 is the target for England – certainly one they can chase down on their day, but not an easy chase by any stretch.

Jason Behrendorff has the new ball in hand – not Mitchell Starc or Pat Cummins – an interesting move from Aaron Finch… he’ll bowl to James Vince, who’s opening with Jonny Bairstow, and in the commentary box, Michael Slater is alongside Michael Atherton.

11:37pm | Australia 7/285 (50) | England 1/0 (0.2)
Jonny Bairstow 0* (0) | Joe Root 0* (0)
England Require 286 Runs to Win from 298 Balls.

BOWLED HIM… BEHRENDORFF STRIKES IN THE OPENING OVER… RIGHT THROUGH JAMES VINCE, AND HE CLEANS UP MIDDLE STUMP.
ENGLAND LOSE THEIR FIRST WICKET ON THE SECOND BALL OF THE INNINGS – IT’S 1/0

Vince | b Behrendorff | 0 (2) | FOW 1/0 (0.2)

Joe Root is the new man in…

11:52pm | Australia 7/285 (50) | England 2/15 (3.3)
Jonny Bairstow 7* (10) | Eoin Morgan 0* (0)
England Require 271 Runs to Win from 279 Balls.

GOT HIM… PLUMB LBW… THIS TIME IT’S MITCHELL STARC CAUSING AN ENGLISH BATSMAN SOME GRIEF, AND IT’S JOE ROOT WHO’S GONE…
JUST WHEN IT LOOKED LIKE THE MOMENTUM WAS WITH ENGLAND, IT’S BACK WITH AUSTRALIA… 2/15!

Root | LBW, b Starc | 8 (9) | FOW 2/15 (3.3)

12:05am | Australia 7/285 (50) | England 3/26 (5.5)
Jonny Bairstow 12* (17) | Ben Stokes 0* (0)
England Require 260 Runs to Win from 265 Balls.

GONE… THE CAPTAIN GOES… IT’S FALLING APART FOR ENGLAND… A SHORT DELIVERY FROM STARC, A TOP EDGE FROM EOIN MORGAN, AND A RUNNING, DIVING CATCH FROM PAT CUMMINS… MORGAN GOES FOR 4 – IT’S 3/26!

Morgan | c Cummins, b Starc | 4 (7) | FOW 3/26 (5.5).

12:42am | Australia 7/285 (50) | England 4/53 (13.5)
Jos Buttler 0* (0) | Ben Stokes 12* (26)
England Require 233 Runs to Win from 217 Balls.

GONE… BAIRSTOW’S TRIED TO LOFT A BALL FROM OUTSIDE OFF-STUMP OVER THE LEGSIDE BOUNDARY, AND HAS COME UP SHORT… CUMMINS TAKES THE CATCH, BEHRENDORFF HAS ANOTHER WICKET, AND ENGLAND HAVE SLUMPED TO 4/53.

Bairstow | c Cummins, b Behrendorff | 27 (39) | FOW 4/53 (13.5)

Jos Buttler is the new man in, and surely this is the key partnership for England… after this it’s Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood and Jofra Archer… the last of the recognised batsmen is at the crease, as we go back to Michael Slater, special guest Allan Border and Nasser Hussain.

1:34am | Australia 7/285 (50) | England 4/111 (25.2)
Jos Buttler 17* (20) | Ben Stokes 50* (75)
England Require 175 Runs to Win from 148 Balls.

FIFTY FOR BEN STOKES… IT’S BEEN A SLOW AND CONTROLLED INNINGS, AS HE’S STEADIED WHAT WAS A SINKING ENGLAND SHIP… HE AND JOS BUTTLER HAVE MANAGED TO PUT ON 58, THUS FAR, FOR THE FIFTH WICKET, AND THEY’VE KEPT THEIR TEAM ALIVE IN THE PROCESS, BUT THEY NEED TO GO ON WITH IT… IT’S 4/111.

1:44am | Australia 7/285 (50) | England 5/124 (27.2)
Chris Woakes 0* (0) | Ben Stokes 54* (80)
England Require 162 Runs to Win from 136 Balls.

OUT… KHAWAJA TAKES IT ON THE BOUNDARY… THE KEY PARTNERSHIP IS BROKEN… STOINIS GETS HIS FIRST… BUTTLER IS GONE, AND AUSTRALIA, ON THE BACK OF SOME EXCELLENT FIELDING, ARE RIGHT ON TOP AT LORD’S – IT’S 5/124!!!

Buttler | c Khawaja, b Stoinis | 25 (27) | FOW 5/124 (27.2)

Chris Woakes is the new man in, as Shaun Pollock and Michael Atherton pick up commentary!

2:24am | Australia 7/285 (50) | England 6/177 (37)
Chris Woakes 18* (23) | Moeen Ali 0* (0)
England Require 109 Runs to Win off 78 Balls.

BOWLED HIM!!! A PERFECT MITCHELL STARC YORKER RESULTS IN THE END OF BEN STOKES’ FIGHT… 6/177, AND ENGLAND NEED 109 OFF 78… AUSTRALIA IN THE BOX SEAT – THE ENGLAND TAIL IS EXPOSED, AS MOEEN ALI HEADS TO THE MIDDLE, AND WE REJOIN MICHAEL SLATER AND IAN WARD!

Stokes | b Starc | 89 (115) | FOW 6/177 (37)

2:37am | Australia 7/285 (50) | England 7/189 (39.3)
Chris Woakes 22* (29) | Adil Rashid 0* (0)
England Need 97 Runs off 63 Balls.

GONE… ALI EDGES IT, CAREY TAKES A SIMPLE CATCH… BEHRENDORFF HAS HIS THIRD WICKET, AND AUSTRALIA CAN ALMOST TASTE VICTORY… IT’S 7/189.

Moeen Ali | c Carey, b Behrendorff | 6 (9) | FOW 7/189 (39.3)

Adil Rashid is the new man in, as Michael Clarke and Nasser Hussain take up commentary.

2:47am | Australia 7/285 (50) | England 8/202 (41.3)
Jofra Archer 0* (0) | Adil Rashid 9* (7)
England Need 84 Runs off 51 Balls.

GONE… TERRIFIC TEAM WORK FROM GLENN MAXWELL AND AARON FINCH, TO REMOVE WOAKES ON THE EDGE OF THE BOUNDARY… ENGLAND LOSE THEIR EIGHTH, AND WITH TAIL-END BATSMEN AT THE CREASE, SCORING TEN AN OVER SEEMS LIKE A LONG SHOT FROM HERE… IT’S 8/202.

Woakes | c Finch, b Behrendorff | 26 (34) | FOW 8/202 (41.3)

2:55am | Australia 7/285 (50) | England 9/211 (43.3)
Mark Wood 0* (0) | Adil Rashid 17* (15)
England Need 75 Runs off 39 Balls | Australia needs 1 wicket.

GONE… FIVE WICKETS FOR JASON BEHRENDORFF… HIS FIRST FIVE-WICKET HAUL IN ONE-DAY INTERNATIONAL CRICKET, AND WHAT A PLACE TO DO IT… ARCHER GOES… AUSTRALIA ARE ONE WICKET AWAY – IT’S 9/211!

Archer | c Warner, b Behrendorff | 1 (4) | FOW 9/211 (43.3)

Mark Wood joins Adil Rashid… how long will this last? Back to Michael Clarke and Nasser Hussain.

3am | Australia 7/285 (50) | England 10/221 (44.4)
Australia wins by 64 runs.

GONE… IT’S ALL OVER… AUSTRALIA HAVE BEATEN THE HOSTS, AND CONVINCINGLY SO, TO BOOK THEIR PLACE IN THE WORLD CUP SEMI-FINALS OF 2019… THE FIVE-TIME CHAMPIONS ARE HEADING TO THE BUSINESS END OF THE TOURNAMENT ONCE MORE, AND THE TOURNAMENT FAVOURITES HAVE TO WAIT A LITTLE LONGER…

Rashid | c Stoinis, b Starc | 25 (20 | FOW 10/221 (44.4)
Wood | not out | 1 (2)

That’s England’s third loss of the tournament, and it means they have to overcome India and/or New Zealand, or rely on results to go their way IF they’re to Qualify for the finals… a setback they won’t be happy about, but Australia brought their A-Game to Lord’s today, and they’ve came away victorious as a result… back to wrap it up in a moment.

3:25am | 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup
Match 32 – England v Australia
LIVE from Lord’s
Australia 7/285 (50) | England 10/221 (44.4)
Australia wins by 64 runs.
Player of the Match: Aaron Finch (AUS
)#CWC19 | #ENGvAUS | #ZakSportsAU

Hello again from Lord’s, where Australia have claimed an important win in this World Cup campaign – defeating the hosts, England, by 64 runs.

Losing the toss today was about as bad as Australia’s day got, because sent into bat, by Eoin Morgan, turned out to be the best thing for them in the long run.

Again, Aaron Finch was sensational at the top of the order, and David Warner played superbly as well – another 100+ run opening partnership for this pair, as Warner notched up another fifty, and Finch racked up another century.

Unfortunately, the middle order didn’t really fire, yet again, but in the final wash, that won’t matter too much, as 286 proved too hard a target for England to chase down.

There’s no doubt England would’ve fancied their chances of chasing that target down, but they ran into an Aussie bowling attack that put in its best performance of the tournament to date, and they fell well short in their pursuit…

The chase started horribly for the host nation, with James Vince bowled off the second ball of the Innings, off a Jason Behrendorff yorker, and it only continued to go downhill from there.

Joe Root and Eoin Morgan contributed very little… and once Bairstow was dismissed for 27, England were 4/53 and in real strife.

The next partnership was make or break, and despite it being the best of the innings (71 runs), it was far less than what England needed from Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler – two of the big hitters in that side.

The tail wagged as best it could, but in the end, Australia walked away with a comfortable win, to secure their place in the finals… we suspect India, New Zealand and England will join them, but mathematically speaking, they’re not there yet, and England will be the team under the most pressure over the next week, not just because they’re on home soil, but also because they’ve lost three pool games now – the most of anyone in the top four, and their final two matches are against India and New Zealand – who are both ahead of them on the points table already.

The other thing not in England’s favour at present is that they’ve played seven matches now, whereas New Zealand still have three matches to come, and India four… so, if England are to qualify for the finals, it’s most likely going to be in fourth place now, which will be lower than they hoped, and also lower than many experts expected leading into the tournament.

New Zealand’s run home incorporates matches against Pakistan (Tonight), Australia (Saturday night) and England (next Wednesday).

India have a busy 11 days ahead of them – they face the West Indies on Thursday, England on Sunday, then Bangladesh on Tuesday, before facing Sri Lanka on the 6th of July.

Australia may have already qualified for the finals, but they’ll be looking to continue the terrific form they’re in when they face New Zealand this Saturday night – also at Lord’s – and South Africa at Old Trafford next Saturday night.

Aaron Finch was the man of the match tonight, but a close second would’ve been Jason Behrendorff… only his second match of the tournament, and he’s claimed a 5-wicket haul… a terrific inclusion in the team tonight, and an excellent move from Aaron Finch to have him open the bowling – he justified that decision with the second ball of the innings.

So, that’s it… a great night of Cricket, and a fantastic result for Australia., not just beating England, but cementing their place in the business end of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup… they got home by 64 runs in the end… we look forward to having you with us again on Saturday night, from 10pm AEST, when Australia face New Zealand, but until then, from all of us here, have a great morning. Bye for now.

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