CWC 2019 Recap: England's campaign on sword's edge after loss against Australia
A Cricket World series, CWC 2019 Recap looks at all the high-octane encounters from the last year's ODI World Cup: from Jofra Archer's bouncers to Rohit Sharma's hundreds and from Mitchell Starc's yorkers to Virat Kohli's antics.
Australia 285/7(50 Overs) - Aaron Finch100 (116), David Warner53 (61); Chris Woakes2/46 (10), Ben Stokes1/29 (6)
England 221(44.4 Overs) - Jonny Bairstow27 (39), Ben Stokes89 (115); Jason Behrendorff5/44 (10), Mitchell Starc4/43 (8.4)
Result - Australia won by 64 runs
Australia made a sensible tactical move as they dropped Nathan Coulter-Nile to bring in Jason Behrendorff. England's weakness against left-arm bowlers was well documented and Australia exploited that by opening the bowling with two left-armers in Mitchell Starc and Behrendorff as England struggled to get going.
With a 123-run opening stand between openers Aaron Finch (100) and David Warner (53), Australia were well placed to mount a target of 300+ but some good bowling from England towards the end put a lid on the Aussies. Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid were particularly impressive as they bowled their full quota of 10 overs, conceding less than 5 RPO.
Australia were just two good with the new ball as their plan of playing two left-arm quicks proved to be spot on. The duo shared nine wickets between them as the young quick bagged a five-wicket haul to help Australia win by 62 runs and put England's semi-final qualification in jeopardy.
This was England's third loss while chasing in the 2019 World Cup and thus set off alarm bells.