ICC World Cup 2023| 36th match: AUS outplayed ENG to claim a close win

Australia officially kick England out of the World Cup.

by Aryan Lakhani
ICC World Cup 2023| 36th match: AUS outplayed ENG to claim a close win
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England is officially out of the race for top 4 qualifications. The defending champions extended their losing streak today. England won the toss and elected to bowl first. Australian batsmen were quite clueless in the first 10 overs; Chris Woakes took full advantage of this and got the crucial wickets of David Warner and Travis Head.

A few partnerships were built that boosted Australia's run rate and allowed them to score a decent total of 286 runs (286-10).This was meant to be an obtainable total, but Australia's bowling efforts snatched the match away from England from the very first ball!

Mitchell Starc got Jonny Bairstow out on the first ball. Joe Root also departed moments later. Ben Stokes and David Malan controlled the innings by playing calmly, but the Aussies got rid of them too. England fought hard, but they got bowled out at 253 runs (253-10) in 48.1 overs, allowing Australia to win the match by 33 runs.

Post Match interviews

Pat Cummins (Australia's Captain)

"It's been great, the boys played brilliantly, we're getting better with each match," Cummins said, as quoted by cricbuzz.com. "We've improved with each game, still not playing the perfect game.

It's something we pride ourselves on, we didn't start well, but the boys have put their hands up, ever since the first 2 games. He has been bowling beautifully in the last 3 games (on Zampa), made 29 and took a banger (of a catch).

We thought it was a good wicket and would probably break up to his strength. Maxi and Mitchy will be back, they have had a great tournament and for the others to come in and put in a performance was nice. It wasn't too bad tonight (on the dew), sometimes we do see players getting wet as they slide on, but it wasn't that bad today".

Jos Buttler (England's Captain)

"Disappointment, we were having the same chat after the match," Buttler said, as quoted by cricbuzz.com. "Improvements today, more with the bat, but we were still well short, no complaints if you lose by 30 runs.

A low point as a captain, you stand in this position, you came to India with high hopes and expectations, we haven't done ourselves any justice, everyone knows how much hard work we've put, these losses weigh high on our shoulders.

We did well (with the ball), but we could have done better, we let them put up frustrating little partnerships. With the dew around, we backed ourselves and we fell 30 runs short. It was the right shot to play (on his dismissals), the execution wasn't great, I was trying to take it back to them.

I haven't played as well as I can, in such a pivotal position, I think I let myself and my team down. Only way to come back is to put in the hard yards at the nets and come back better in the next game".