Going into a Cricket World Cup tournaments as the host and the favourites, the semi-finals should be the minimum expectation. Well, it looks like England may not even make that at this rate. Three defeats in seven groups game are putting them in danger of an early World Cup exit!
After two shock defeats to Pakistan and Sri Lanka, England new a win against Australia was vital. They sat fourth in the table and a loss could mean teams below them piling on the pressure. Australia has had a good start to the WC, having only lost once to India.
This game was always going to be massive as the rivalry between the two countries is huge. It was also the first time they had competitively played each other since Warner and Smith were a caught ball tampering. England doesn’t have the best of records at Lords in ODI’s…
Australia innings: 285-7
Eoin Morgan won the toss and with it being overcast, chose to bowl first. Australian captain Aaron Finch said he would have done the same if they won the toss.
Australia knew they had to get through the first 5-10 overs and not lose more than one wicket. With the new ball and the overcast conditions, the ball was always going to do a bit. England has great pace in Wood and Archer and should have been tough for the Aussies.
And they did just that. England had a few chances that fell just short or catches just missed and Australia ran up a good score. Openers Finch and Warner did well, with the captain getting a century. At one point they were at 173-1 and it looked like a score of 330+ was on the cards.
However, England worked had and managed to restrict them. Come to the end of the 50 overs they were 285-7. A score England have already reached four times in this year’s competition.
England innings: 221 all out
Unfortunately for any England fan, or anyone who likes watching a lengthy opening partnership, Vince was in still for the injured Roy. After just two balls of the whole innings, Vince was bowled by Behrendorff. This took his batting average to 13 over three games at the World Cup.
But it wasn’t just Vince who was gone cheaply. The whole top order was out for 53-4 leaving Stokes and Butler with a mountain to climb. Butler was out next for 25 and it was all down to Stokes. He did well and one point looked like he may have done it for England. But Mitchell Starc bowled the yorker of the tournament and got him out for 89.
England then had no skilled batters or motivation left and was all out for 221. This was a bad defeat for England and one that puts their place in the semi-finals at risk.
Could they be following the U21’s in the European Championships by being knocked out far too early?
Cricket World Cup Odds
After back to back defeats, England is no longer the favourites. India has now taken this role at 2/1 on Bet365. Just behind them is Australia priced at 21/10, who have looked back to their very best in recent tests.
It looks as if England, now at 3/1, on Bet365 are going to have to beat one of India or New Zealand to progress. Both sides are unbeaten in the competition so far and have played some brilliant cricket. New Zealand look set to get to the semi-finals and at 6/1 could be a very good bet!