Published: Thu, July 11, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Australia bat against England in World Cup semi-final

Australia bat against England in World Cup semi-final

"There are so many strong teams in the tournament, another semi-final tomorrow (Thursday at Edgbaston) that can go either way, two very good sides". Winning four of the last five, it's been a great achievement.

That leaves just New Zealand, England and Australia left in the competition, and Pietersen thinks it's England's to lose.

"I think Sri Lanka was a game we felt we could have won and should have won, but let ourselves down and that had an overhang into the Australia game", Morgan said. It's the semi-final of a World Cup.

"We still haven't played the flawless game in this tournament, but if we can keep those traits we have, then whoever we do face, we'll give them a run for their money".

"At the halfway stage, we sort of wanted 240, 250 and we knew we would be competitive if we got that because the surface played the way it did", Williamson said.

"Starc look to be carrying Australia and to me, England are the better team".

New Zealand had reached 211 for five wickets against India when rain stopped play in the first semi-final of the Cricket World Cup at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

"The amount of good faith and goodwill going around is fantastic, so we sense the support that's with us, but also the opportunity as well", said Morgan.

England's prospects of progressing to the semi-finals appeared precarious after their 64-run defeat to Australia in the group phase at Lord's, meaning they needed back-to-back victories against India and New Zealand to stay in the tournament.

"We went away from [playing] our [style of] cricket", he said. "We are not really bothered - before the World Cup we preferred to chase".

"When we have been beaten [in the past], we've not taken it lightly but we have put a line under it and gone on to the next game. We've also seen that you can score quite freely if they don't quite get it right". We can improve that by playing our positive brand of cricket.

Meanwhile, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was delighted to have made it through to the World Cup final. Matt [Henry] bowled extremely well, it was a dream start for us.

When will India vs New Zealand match take place? The batsmen were given a thorough work out against left-armers Donovan Miller (a coach on the Essex staff who has a powerful, left-arm throw and who has been with the England squad on and off throughout the tournament) and Ant Botha (another with a powerful left-arm throw who now coaches at Nottinghamshire). Boult changed the match contours as he dismissed Jadeja.

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