Cricket World Cup Diary: 24th June
June 24, 2019
We are getting towards crunch time in the Cricket World Cup with just under a fortnight’s worth of matches remaining in the group stage.
We’ve some massive fixtures to look forward to in the coming days, but before all that, Luke Parkinson has padded up again with his weekly diary.
South Africa Sent Packing
Well known for being an attacking one-day side and also the 4th ODI side in the world rankings, the South Africans were well fancied in the ante-post market for the World Cup with the bookies.
However, the past few weeks has been nothing short of a nightmare for them and Pakistan sealed their fate in the competition on Sunday.
A 49-run defeat to Pakistan was enough to hand South Africa a fifth defeat in just seven matches, with lowly-ranked Afghanistan the only side they have managed to take maximum points from, the other was a washout against the West Indies.
That means they were the first team eliminated from this year’s World Cup and that will be a bitter pill to swallow for a nation who reached the World Cup semi-finals in 2015.
New Zealand Setting The Pace
Absolute opposites to South Africa are the Kiwis, who are absolutely loving life at the World Cup.
They made it five wins from five matches played at Old Trafford on Saturday with a five-run victory over the West Indies.
The weather has also given them a helping hand, with the rain abandoning their match against India, who are looking like the most dangerous team in the tournament.
Time will tell if New Zealand can keep their unbeaten run intact, but with fixtures to follow against Pakistan and arch-rivals New Zealand later this week, it certainly won’t be an easy task.
England v Australia
That certainly wasn’t on the cards and now England need to make sure they are picking up maximum points from their remaining matches to qualify for the knockout rounds.
That starts against Australia on Tuesday at Lord’s, a ground which the Aussies have enjoyed plenty of success at in the past.
England though, at least have Joe Root in a spell of fine form and I’m backing him to extend that against the Aussies.
He’s hit at least 50 in five of his six knocks with the bat at this year’s World Cup and that includes centuries against the West Indies and Pakistan.
He holds an average of 52.03 in ODI cricket in England, against Australia, and that would give you plenty on confidence in backing him to at least add another half-century to the board against the Aussies.
The Yorkshireman is 9/2 with Unibet to be the top batsman in the match, although the 15/2 about him being man of the match with 888 Sport looks well worth following.
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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.