Speaking ahead of the crucial World Cup encounter against Sri Lanka on Sunday at Wellington, all-rounder Chris Woakes insisted England need to do well against big teams to go the distance in the tournament.
Ravichandran Ashwin got his first four-wicket haul as India displayed a near-perfect performance on the bouncy, fast wicket at Perth to beat the United Arab Emirates by nine wickets, India’s second biggest margin of victory in terms of balls remaining.
Brendon McCullum pummeled the third fastest World Cup half-century, while calm and composed Kane Williamson survived a Mitchell Starc storm as New Zealand held their nerve to post a one-wicket against Australia at Auckland.
Australian captain Michael Clarke, who is set to play his first international match after recovering from a hamstring injury, stated that he is excited and ready to go ahead of the big match against New Zealand on Saturday in Auckland.
After hitting the fastest 150 in One-Day Internationals, South African skipper AB de Villiers credited the top order for setting the foundation which enabled him to play an "enjoyable knock" against West Indies on Friday.
In their latest World Cup Hot Spot discussion show, John Pennington and Chetan Narula review the latest action and consider how important this weekend's clash between the co-hosts is for the tournament.
Sri Lanka finally showed the class that took them to the previous two World Cup finals, thumping Bangladesh by 92 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), on the back of centuries from Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara.