2019 ICC CWC | Warm-Up Match #3 | England v Australia

2019 ICC CWC | Warm-Up Match #3 | England v Australia

The last fifteen months haven’t been the best in Australia’s Cricket history – it started with the ball-tampering saga in South Africa, then they were thumped by England, in a limited-overs series in the United Kingdom, before suffering defeat, at the hands of India, in the Test Series, on home soil, in the summer just gone,, but things have started to improve – victory in ODI campaigns against India and Pakistan, along with the return of Steve Smith and David Warner see this side travel to England with form, and confident of defending their World Cup crown, as they look to claim their 6th.

Standing in their way though – England – a place where they haven’t enjoyed great success in recent years, and home to a team that will start this tournament as favourites given their tremendous recent record, in the 50-over game, on home soil.

Hello everybody. Welcome to Zak Sports’ coverage of World Cup 2019 – the fifth to be held on English soil – the first since 1999, which was won by Australia.

48 matches across 46 days will make up this tournament, which will be contested by just ten teams, in the smallest World Cup since 1992, when nine teams competed in the Australia-New Zealand jointly hosted tournament.

Like Australia/New Zealand 1992, the preliminary stages of this World Cup will be a one-group, round-robin affair, meaning each team will play nine matches, as they fight for the right to play in the truncated knockout stage, which will feature just two semi-finals, and the all-important final.

Tonight, our coverage of Australia’s tour of England commences, as they face England in the first of two warm-up matches, prior to their World Cup campaign proper commencing, against Afghanistan, in Bristol, next Saturday night.

Once the dust settles on the World Cup, our attention will turn to ‘The Ashes’ as Australia’s long tour turns to the long form of the game, as the team looks to break its losing streak on English soil, and retain the urn – they haven’t won an England series since 2001.

As this is a warm-up fixture, both teams can utilise their entire 15-man squad throughout the course of the match.

7:05pm | Right off the top, we can tell you that, the news from the middle is that Australia will BAT first, after England won the toss, and opted to field.
They’ll be confident of chasing whatever Australia set – they recently chased 359 and 341, against Pakistan, comfortably.

Umpires for this match are Marais Erasmus (RSA) and Sundaram Ravi (IND), the TV Umpire is Joel Wilson (WI), the Reserve Umpire is Nigel Llong (ENG) and Match Referee is Jeff Crowe (NZ).

We’ll be back soon, with a look at the two teams, and then we’ll have LIVE play, on a lovely Saturday at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

7:30pm | The players and umpires have made their way to the centre, as we gear up for the start of this warm-up clash, in front of a very healthy crowd here in Southampton.

England have opted to play just the eleven men in today’s clash – they have a plan, which means Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid and Joe Root will sit this one out, as will Eoin Morgan, who’s recovering from Injury.
Jos Buttler is leading the England side, in Morgan’s absence.

Let’s have a look at the squads for this tournament – firstly Australia, and you’ll see their schedule of matches for once the tournament gets underway as well.

Mark Wood will open the bowling for England. David Warner and Aaron Finch will open the batting for Australia, and in the commentary box, Kumar Sangakkara and Mark Nicholas will open with the microphone.

7:52pm | Australia 1/19 (4.3)
David Warner 5* (10) | Shaun Marsh 0* (0)

GONE! A slightly slower ball from Mark Wood catches Aaron Finch out, and he’s smashed it straight down Moeen Ali’s throat, and Ali has taken a very simple catch.
Australia already one down, in only the fifth over. Finch goes for 14 – it’s 1/19.

Aaron Finch | c Ali, b Wood | 14 (17) | FOW 1/19 (4.3)

8:02pm | Australia going along a 4.00/over – a slow start, but David Warner will be the key to lifting the run-rate from here, as Michael Clarke and Ian Bishop take over commentary.

Mark Wood has left the field, after injuring himself in his run-up. Ben Stokes has come onto bowl the remainder of the seventh over, while Jofra Archer has taken Wood’s place in the field.

8:42pm | Australia 1/77 (16) – DRINKS
David Warner 39* (53) | Shaun Marsh 18* (26)

It’s Drinks in Southampton, where Australia’s moved along nicely… the last 69 balls have netted 58 runs, as David Warner and Shaun Marsh have kept the scoreboard ticking along nicely, but they’ll be looking for a better run-rate going forward.

Liam Plunkett is being introduced into the attack for the first time today, as we rejoin Michael Slater.

8:47pm | Australia 2/82 (16.3)
Steve Smith 0* (0) | Shaun Marsh 19* (27)

GONE! Good outfield catch from Jonny Bairstow, and David Warner’s on his way. Trying to lift the run-rate, Warner’s gone for one from Liam Plunkett, but didn’t get hold of it well enough, and his first innings of this England tour has come to an abrupt end. It’s 2/82.

Warmer | c Bairstow, b Ali | 43 (55) | FOW 2/82 (16.3)

Steve Smith is the new man in… the former captain, like Warner, receiving a mix of cheers and boos from the crowd, as he makes his way to the centre!

9:10pm | Australia 3/108 (22.2)
OUT! Plunkett’s got another one… not the best delivery – an attempted slower ball, but Shaun Marsh has mistimed that, and has edged it with his glove, straight into the hands of England’s wicket-keeper, Jos Buttler.

Marsh goes… Australia now 3/108.

Marsh | c Buttler, b Plunkett | 30 (44) | FOW 3/108 (22.2).

9:55pm | DRINKS – Australia 3/172 (33)
Steven Smith 50* (52) | Usman Khawaja 25* (30)

Drinks here in Southampton, but not before Steven Smith has gone to fifty… it only took the former captain 52 balls to reach the milestone… five boundaries so far to his name, and he now has the chance to go on with it, with 17 overs left in this innings.At the other end, a solid start for Usman Khawaja, with the partnership already 64, off only 68 balls.
Liam Dawson is coming back into the attack – 4 overs, 0/28 thus far, as Kumar Sangakkara and Michael Slater continue in commentary.

10:07pm | Australia 4/187 (35.5)
Smith 58* (61) | Marcus Stoinis 0* (0)

STUMPED, AND GONE!!!
Khawaja charged down the wicket, and missed a good one from Dawson, which left Buttler with the simple task of removing the bails.
The end of an OK innings, and a good partnership. 4/187.

Khawaja | st Buttler, b Dawson | 31 (38) | FOW 4/187 (35.5).

Marcus Stoinis is the new man in, and John Wright and Ian Bishop have moved into the commentary box.

10:32pm | Australia 5/224 (42.5)
Steven Smith 82* (81) | Alex Carey 0* (0)

STOINIS IS GONE! Rather poor communication between Marcus Stoinis and Steven Smith brings about the demise of Marcus Stoinis.
Smith was intent on taking two, but hesitation and uncertainty from Stoinis, as he started that second run, see him on his way back to the pavilion.

Smith is into the eighties, Stoinis is gone for 13 off 22. It’s 5/224.

Stoinis | run out (Woakes) | 13 (22) | FOW 5/224 (42.5)

Alex Carey is the new man in, as Michael Slater and Mark Nicholas take over commentary.

10:56pm | Australia 6/266 (47)
Steven Smith 93* (92) | Nathan Coulter-Nile 0* (0)

OUT! A quick fire innings from Alex Carey comes to an end. Lofted shot had the height, not the distance. 6/266.

Carey | c Curran, b Plunkett | 30 (14) | FOW 6/266 (47)

Nathan Coulter-Nile joins Steve Smith, who is eyeing off his century!

10:58pm | Australia 6/273 (47.2)
Steven Smith 100* (94) | Nathan Coulter-Nile 0* (0)

THERE IT IS… A CENTURY FOR THE FORMER CAPTAIN, ON THE DAY HE RETURNED TO THE INTERNATIONAL ARENA… IT MAY ONLY BE A WARM-UP FIXTURE, BUT THIS IS A STATEMENT FROM STEVEN SMITH… HE’S BACK WITH A VENGEANCE… ONE-HUNDRED AGAINST THE OLD ENEMY, ON ENEMY TERRITORY!

11:04pm | Australia 7/283 (48.4)
Steven Smith 108* (97) | Jason Behrendorff 0* (0)

BOWLED HIM… NATHAN COULTER-NILE IS GONE!
A straight delivery from Liam Plunkett too good for the tail-end batsman. 7/283.

Coulter-Nile | b Plunkett | 1 (5) | 7/283 (48.4)

Eight deliveries remain… Jason Behrendorff is the new man in.

11:13pm | Australia 8/296 (49.5)
Jason Behrendorff 4* (2) | Adam Zampa 0* (0)

OUT… IN BIZARRE FASHION!
What was thought to be a bump-ball, is actually the end of Steve Smith’s fabulous innings… he’s popped the ball up, straight back into the hands of Tom Curran.
While he’ll be disappointed to get out so close to the end of the innings, it could still be a match-winning performance for the Australians. 8/296.

Smith | c & b Curran | 116 (102) | FOW 8/296 (49.5)

11:16pm | Australia 9/297 (50)
OUT… ONCE AGAIN, POOR RUNNING BETWEEN THE WICKETS, BUT IT’S OF NO COST TO THE AUSTRALIANS THIS TIME, AS IT WAS THE LAST BALL OF THE INNINGS.
Wickets like that tend to occur more often in the closing overs, with players chasing every run possible.
Zampa, run out for 1, and England will be chasing 298 for victory in this warm-up fixture for World Cup 2019.

Zampa | run out (Buttler) | 1 (1) | FOW 9/297 (50)

A solid performance from the Australians, but England will be confident that they can chase that down, when their opening batsmen head to the centre, at around 11:45pm AEST.

A brilliant return to the international stage from Steven Smith. Alex Carey did what Marcus Stoinis normally would – scored quickly in the latter overs, and that will probably be his key role in this campaign.

For England – a very nice performance to restrict Australia the way they’ve done, and although he was expensive, Liam Plunkett will be very happy with his four wickets.

We’ll be back, for the run chase, very shortly. Hope you’re enjoying the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup on Zak Sports.

England 0/0 (0)
Target: 298
Wickets in Hand: 10
Overs Remaining: 50
Required Run Rate: 5.94

11:45pm | 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup – Warm-up Match #3
England v Australia
LIVE from The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
Australia 9/297 (50) | England 0/0 (0)
Jason Roy 0* (0) | Jonny Bairstow 0* (0)
England require 297 runs to win.
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A late finish to Australia’s innings means a very quick turnaround in this match.
England’s openers are already making their way to the middle. It’s Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow opening this run chase for the home team.

For the Australians, Jason Behrendorff has the new ball in his hands… it’s 298 for England to win, and we’re ready to go, as we head up to the commentary box, and say good afternoon to Kumar Sangakkara and Ian Bishop.

12:15am | England 1/39 (6.4)
Jason Roy 24* (23) | James Vince 0* (0)
England require 259 runs off 260 balls.

OUT! Bairstow is on his way… didn’t get hold of that one… was looking for the legside boundary, and only got as far as the hands of David Warner. 1/39.

Bairstow | c Warner, b Behrendorff | 12 (17) | FOW 1/39

It’s been a good start from Jason Behrendorff. Australia have had their chances… an LBW review didn’t go their way… but they retained the review, because it was ‘Umpires call’, and Steve Smith put one down in the very first over.
James Vince joins James Roy in the middle, as Michael Clarke and Michael Slater take up commentary.

12:43am | England 2/65 (12.3)
Ben Stokes 0* (0) | James Vince 16* (21)
England require 233 runs off 225 balls

GONE! Roy’s spooned it to short-cover – straight to Nathan Lyon, who won’t take an easier catch on this tour.
Roy – a danger man – is back in the pavilion. 2/65.

Roy | c Lyon, b Richardson | 32 (36) | FOW 2/65 (12.3)

Ben Stokes will join James Vince in the centre, as John Wright steps into the commentary box, and alongside him is Mark Nicholas!

1:20am |England 3/100 (21.1)
Jos Butler 0* (0) | James Vince 31* (41)
England require 198 runs off 173 balls

GONE!!! Secnd stumping of the day – this time it’s Ben Stokes who’s gotta go… outdone by a brilliant Nathan Lyon delivery, and Alex Carey whips the bails off… the Aussies have their third wicket, and the upper-hand at this stage of the match… England now needing more than 6 runs per over to win this match… 3/100!

Stokes | st Carey, b Lyon | 20 (32) | FOW 3/100 (21.1)

Jos Buttler is the new man in, and he could be the difference between victory and defeat for England here in Southampton this afternoon.

1:52am |England 4/171 (29)
Moeen Ali 0* (0) | James Vince 48* (57)
England require 127 runs off 126 balls

GONE!!! FIFTY ONE MINUTE, OUT THE NEXT… Jos Buttler has turned this game on its ear in the last 35 minutes or so – reaching his half-century in just 30 balls – he took Coulter-Nile’s last over for TWENTY-FOUR, but the bowler has his revenge, and his man – a leading edge off the very next delivery means Buttler is on his way, and Australia are back in the contest. It’s 4/171.

Buttler | c Khawaja, b Coulter-Nile | 52 (31) | FOW 4/171.

Moeen Ali will be the new batsman for England!

2:14am | England 5/197 (29)
Moeen Ali 6* (10) | Chris Woakes 0* (0)
England require 101 runs off 97 balls.

GONE! THERE’S ANOTHER ONE – a cut shot goes wrong for James Vince, and the bowling change works for Australia.Lyon takes the catch, Behrendorff gets another wicket, and England are now 5/197.
James Vince | c Lyon, b Behrendorff | 64 (76) | FOW 5/197 (33.5)
Chris Woakes is the new man in, and the pressure is ON in Southampton, as we rejoin John Wright and Michael Slater!

2:44am | England 6/239 (40.4)
Tom Curran 0* (0) | Chris Woakes 23* (25)
England require 59 runs off 56 balls.

GONE… Richardson takes it in the deep – A big shot from Moeen Ali doesn’t have the legs, and he pays the price.
Australia are right in this contest, as Tom Curran joins Chris Woakes in the centre… it’s 6/239!

Ali | c Richardson, b Zampa | 22 (26) | FOW 6/239 (40.4).

2:52am | England 7/250 (42.5)
Liam Plunkett 0* (0) | Chris Woakes 32* (33)
England require 48 runs off 43 balls.

GONE… a poor cut shot from Curran, and Richardson has a second wicket, as Khawaja takes the catch.
England now well and truly on the back foot… 7/250.

Tom Curran | c Khawaja, b Richardson | 2 (5) | FOW 7/250 (42.5)

3:15am | England 8/275 (47.2)
Liam Plunkett 17* (16) | Adil Rashid 0* (0)
England need 23 runs off 16 balls | Australia need 2 wickets.

GONE… ANOTHER RUN OUT… an unorthodox shot from Plunkett causes confusion for Chris Woakes, and he’s unable to make his ground before Marcus Stoinis has smashed the stumps… the game now in Australia’s favour – it’s 8/275!

Woakes | run out (Stoinis) | 40 (44) | FOW 8/275

Now, this is interesting – because Liam Dawson and Chris Wood are off the field injured, in a normal match, that’d be it, but as this is a warm-up match, at the discretion of the Australian team and the match officials, two players originally not nominated to bat in this match will be allowed to do so, namely Adil Rashid and Jofra Archer.

Rashid joins Plunkett, and we rejoin Michael Clarke and Mark Nicholas!

3:22am | England 8/283 (49.1)
Jofra Archer 0* (0) | Adil Rashid 6* (7)
England need 15 off 5 | Australia need 1 wickets.

OUT… PLUNKETT IS GONE… NEEDING 15 OFF 6, HE’S CLOBBERED IT, BUT FOUND THE FIELDER… A GOOD CATCH FROM GLENN MAXWELL – ON AS A SUBSTITUTE AT PRESENT, AND AUSTRALIA CAN TASTE VICTORY OVER THE OLD FOE… IT’S 9/283.

Plunkett | c sub (Maxwell), b Stoinis | 19 (20) | FOW 9/283 (49.1).

3:25am | 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup – Warm-up Match #3
England v Australia
LIVE from The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
Australia 9/297 (50) | England 285 (49.3)
Australia win by 12 runs.
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ALL OVER… Jofra Archer got off the mark, but just the Australian innings, chasing late runs brings about his demise… there was never two in that, and Australia have won this match by 12 runs, on a day where sub-300 proved to be enough in the end.

Archer | run out (Maxwell) | 1 (1) | FOW 10/285 (49.3).

England lost 5/56 on their way to a narrow defeat here, but it wasn’t a perfect performance from either side… definitely some work to be done before the tournament gets underway.

Good contributions from Roy at the top, plus Vince and Buttler, who both surpassed fifty, and Chris Woakes who had the potential to get England home – had it not been for that unfortunate run out, he may well have got them there.

The Australian bowlers will be happy with their performance.
Nathan Coulter-Nile may have had the most expensive day out, but was rewarded with the wicket of the man who did all the damage – Jos Buttler.
Lyon was economical, as was Stoinis at the death, and Behrendorff, with two wickets, may be worth keeping an eye on as this tournament progresses.

Here’s a look at the batting and bowling cards… We’ll be back to wrap it up in just a moment.

4am | Hello again from Southampton, where the news is that Australia have taken out the third of the 10 warm-up games at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup – they’ve defeated England by 12 runs in the end, on a day where neither side played the perfect match.

Aaron Finch admitted that the side needs to work on their catching, while both sides had multiple issues running between the wickets, and in the final wash, you’d say the pivotal moment came when Chris Woakes was run out, as that really exposed the England tail – a tail that hasn’t done a lot of batting recently, and it showed.

Obviously, the injuries for Dawson and Wood will be of concern to England going forward, but expect them to be right there at the business end of the tournament.

For Australia, that’s a confidence builder that will serve them well going forward, but there is room for improvement – I can’t see 297 winning you too many matches during this campaign, and it’s a long road to World Cup glory in 2019.

For Australia, that’s a confidence builder that will serve them well going forward, but there is room for improvement – I can’t see 297 winning you too many matches during this campaign, and it’s a long road to World Cup glory in 2019.

Steve Smith looked right at home, and proved to be the difference in the end… 116 off 102 sends a message to the rest of the competition that the former captain will be difficult to tame in World Cup 2019.
While David Warner was the second highest run-scorer for Australia, he hasn’t quite yet hit his stride, but look out when he does.

In the other match today, New Zealand totally out-classed India. After bowling Virat Kohli’s team out for 179, the Black Caps chased down the target with ease – getting home with a little over 12 overs to spare.

Looking ahead, England face Afghanistan on Monday, and Australia take on Sri Lanka, in their final warm-up games respectively… Afghanistan defeated Pakistan yesterday, while Sri Lanka were belted by South Africa.

The tournament proper commences on Thursday, at The Kia Oval in London, when England face South Africa… the Opening Ceremony takes place on Wednesday night, and we’re back with you next Saturday night, when Australia opens up its defence of the World Cup, against Afghanistan in Bristol… you’ll see it LIVE on FOX Cricket and 9GEM around Australia, from 10pm AEST!

So, that’s it then… Australia have their first win over England on this tour, and they’ll be hoping for a few more before they leave The Oval on September 16.
From all of us here, have a great morning, bye for now!

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