2019 Cricket World Cup Diary: 1st July
July 1, 2019
It’s well and truly crunch time in the 2019 Cricket World Cup as some of the biggest sides in the sport try and book themselves one of just four semi-final spots.
Australia already have theirs after beating rivals New Zealand on Saturday at Lord’s, but who will fill the other three spots?
Luke Parkinson is padded up once again to take a look back at last week’s action, and give his tip of the week for the coming days.
England Bounce Back
The start of last week was a pretty bleak one for Eoin Morgan and his Three Lions. After suffering a shock defeat to Sri Lanka at Headingley, England faced their old nemesis, Australia, at the home of cricket.
Lord’s is well known as a favourite away day for the Aussies and they certainly lived up to that by walloping England by 64 runs, in what was arguably the performance of the tournament so far. That handed England a third defeat of the World Cup, something that wasn’t exactly on the cards as hosts and the ante-post favourites with the bookies. They’re now 11/4 with Ladbrokes.
That left them needing a win against India to keep their hopes of a semi-final spot in their own hands, something that looked far from easy against an unbeaten Indian side.
Thankfully, England managed to get the job done thanks to an impressive century from opener Jonny Bairstow, which was backed up by some decent scores from the likes of the returning Jason Roy and Test captain Joe Root.
The re-called Liam Plunkett also starred with the ball, which means if England now beat New Zealand on Wednesday, then it will be ‘semi-finals here we come’.
Australia Set The Pace
We’ve already mentioned that Australia were the first team to qualify for the semi-finals of the 2019 Cricket World Cup, and they’ve certainly done it in some style.
From eight games played so far in the tournament, they’ve won seven of them, with India the only side to beat them on their way to the knockout rounds.
The Aussies have played some excellent cricket with both bat and ball, although fast bowler Mitchell Starc has impressed with swinging conditions in his favour. He currently leads the way for the bowlers in the competition, with 24 wickets to his name so far, some seven wickets clear of his nearest rival.
Australia openers David Warner and Aaron Finch are also leading the batting statistics with 516 and 504 runs respectively, while Warner has the tournament’s highest score to date with a knock of 166.
In their current mood, they could take some stopping, which is why they’re now 2/1 favourites to win the 2019 World Cup at Betfred.
Tip of the Week
With many of the sides already out of the competition, we thought we’d stick with the Three Lions for this week’s big fancy.
The Three Lions have a victory against New Zealand standing in their way of qualifying for the semi’s and I’m backing Ben Stokes to inspire them to victory at Chester-le-Street on Wednesday.
Not only it is Stokes’ home county ground, giving him good know-how of the wicket and the sizes of the boundaries, but he was born in New Zealand and always plays with that extra 10% when he comes up against the Kiwis.
You only need to look at his famous Test match against New Zealand at Lords in 2015 when he hit the fastest Test match century and also took five wickets in the match.
I reckon he’ll be determined to impress again, in what will be a big deal for him personally and for England, so at 7/1 to be top England batsman with 888Sport, he’s well worth backing.
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As a qualified sports journalist, Luke has worked with nationally-recognised outlets covering events from the World Cup to the Grand National. Luke is one of the few men who has to admit that their father was the better footballer, but at least he can take comfort from the fact he got to see his Dad score at Wembley. When Luke isn’t talking football, you’ll normally find him following his other passion, horse racing and has his own horses in training with Paul Nicholls and Mark Johnston.