Published: Mon, June 24, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

ICC CWC'19: Bowling will decide Australia-England clash, says Border

ICC CWC'19: Bowling will decide Australia-England clash, says Border

Australia now top the standings from New Zealand with England in third place after the hosts lost by 20 runs to Sri Lanka on Friday, undone by some brilliant pace bowling from the evergreen Lasith Malinga.

It was a welcome riposte to the social media doubters who poked fun at Malinga when he was photographed with his shirt off exposing a portly belly before the England match.

England, who have now lost two of their matches, remain at third place with 8 points from 6 matches, but have hard fixtures coming up against Australia, India and New Zealand.

England, bidding to win the World Cup for the first time, suffered their second defeat of the group stage following an equally surprising loss to Pakistan.

Rather than beating struggling Sri Lanka, returning to top spot in the standings and rolling into the semifinals, Morgan's top-ranked England is in a more delicate position. You know, partnerships are very important.

But, with veteran paceman Lasith Malinga taking 4-43 and England tossing other wickets away, it proved enough despite Joe Root's grafting 57 and all-rounder Ben Stokes' unbeaten 82, with England bowled out for 212. "But we needed to take a couple of wickets and we were in the game".

'We need to go back to the process that has taken us to being a strong side in the world'. "Every single one is quite significant because every single one could establish a partnership that could win you the game".

England ease to win over frustrated Cameroon side angered by VAR decisions
Following the game, which saw England advance to the quarter finals, Phil Neville blasted Cameroon in an interview with the BBC. England boss Phil Neville said his side's Women's World Cup win over Cameroon "didn't feel like football".

"It was a close one, we were under pressure but it was team-work in the end, all the batters and bowlers did great work", Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne said.

"That is what we need to think about, check the grounds and what are the combinations we have for the England game".

However, former English cricketer called the loss a "hiccup" and predicted that England will still win the trophy despite the loss against the Lankans. Quite a few wickets were turning points, simply in the fact that you have got guys coming in at six, who average 40, seven who average 30, we bat all the way down.

England's next match is against Australia at Lord's.

All-rounder Moeen Ali (16 off 20) was also in Hussain's sights, for he could not believe Moeen had, having slog-swept a six, attempted the same shot on the following delivery, only to be caught with the game in the balance.

England may have risen to the top of the ODI rankings since a first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup by playing an aggressive brand of cricket that revolves around dynamic batsmen seeing the team to large totals.

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