Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final LIVE: Australia vs England updates, stream, time, TV time, dates

 smh.com.au  07/11/2019 09:03:00  6

Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final LIVE: Australia vs England

England's batsmen have made an encouraging start (if you're an England fan). There does not seem to be much swing or movement off the seam for the Australian bowlers.

This has not been the World Cup Glenn Maxwell would have been hoping for. He had the opportunity to atone but made 22 before falling in an ungainly fashion to Jofra Archer.

Glenn Maxwell's lean run with the bat continued in the semi-final.

Glenn Maxwell's lean run with the bat continued in the semi-final.Credit:AP

Jason Behrendorff to bowl the first over of England's innings. The Canberran does have the one that comes back into the right-hander, which is a big weapon to have in any left-arm paceman's armoury.

England did their damage with the ball in the first 10 overs, Australia must do the same if they are to defend 224.

When the two sides met in the group game, Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc were brilliant with the new ball. They claimed nine of the 10 wickets between them.

But there are some big differences. Australia had 285 on the board, and Jason Roy did not play, his place taken by James Vince.

For mine, Roy is the big wicket early as he can do so much damage in a short time. If it becomes a grind, Joe Root has the skill and temperament to get England over the line.

This is very much advantage England. Lose the toss, asked to field, England dismiss Australia for 223.

Not much went right for Australia, who were outplayed by England's bowlers.

They started poorly losing three batsmen inside the first seven overs and every time they clawed their way back into the contest they lost another cluster of wickets.

Steve Smith was the key to Australia's batting, holding the innings together with 85 off 119 balls. He would have wanted to score a bit more freely but it was exactly the knock Australia needed for the situation.

Alex Carey showed tremendous skill and courage to make 46 and add an innings-high 103-run partnership with Smith.

Carey had his face heavily bandaged after being struck on the chin by a bouncer from Jofra Archer. His face started puffing up and he appeared to be in discomfort.

Glenn Maxwell made a breezy 22 but fell to a soft dismissal.

Mitchell Starc made a vital 29 but was the second man to fall in a late double strike for England.

Smith's run out was most unfortunate if you're an Australian fan. Jos Buttler had only one way to throw down the stumps at the non-striker's end, and that was to get the ball between Smith's legs. He did it.

Australia's target of 224 looks at least 50 short. If you want to clutch at straws, India made 221 last night - but that looked to be in more difficult conditions.

Thanks to our stablemates at the Wide World of Sports, here's footage of Steve Smith's run out. Don't try doing this at home, especially if you end up having to play the role of the batsman.

Jason Behrendorff is the last man to go, bowled by a yorker from Mark Wood for one. That was a very good delivery to a No.10.

Australia all out for 223. 224 is the magic number for England if they are to make their first World Cup final since 1992.

Australia have it all to do with the ball if they are to keep alive their title defence.

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