ICC World Cup 2023: Australia knock defending champions England out of World Cup

Adam Zampa produced three timely strikes in the final Australia knocked out by defending champions England out of the ODI World Cup with a 33-run win here on Saturday, their fifth win in a row.
Australia’s batsmen were guilty of not converting starts but still managed to post 286 against arch rivals England. Marnus Labuschagne (71 out of 83) the highest score in the competition.

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England had a good chance to win after four consecutive losses.

Amid heavy dew, Ben Stokes (64 off 90) kept the chase alive as he batted alongside Dawid Malan (50 off 64 ) and Moeen Ali (42 off 43) before Zampa landed the killer blows to stop England at 253 in 48.1 overs.
Chris Woakes (32 off 33) did his best at the end but it was not enough.

First Zampa had out-of-form England skipper Jos Buttler (1) caught in the deep before getting rid of Stokes in a soft dismissal.

It was a short ball on the leg side and eventually Stokes gave Stonis a simple catch at short leg.
It was all over for England when Moeen’s slip from Zampa came straight into David Warner’s hands at mid-on.

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England’s batsmen including Stokes, Moeen and Dawid Malan showed the stroke they are known for but could not hang on long enough to see their team through.

Left hand accelerator Michael Starc got the ball to swing in the powerplay. He was lucky in the first ball of England’s innings as Jonny Bairstow got a weak edge with one swinging down leg.
Starc set up Joe Root with a series of inswingers before pushing one wide and the England number three found the outside off.

Australia’s sharp fielding also contributed to their fifth win in a row.
Earlier, Labuschange, Steve Smith (44 from 52), Cameron Green (47 from 52) and Marcus Stoinis (35 from 32) were among the batsmen who failed to cash in on their starts.

Leggie Adil Rashid (2/38) was frugal as usual and pacer Mark Wood (2/70) was back to his menacing ways, using the short ball to rush the opposition batsmen, especially Green .

Chris Woakes (4/54) delivered with the new ball for the second game in a row, getting rid of the dangerous opening duo of David Warner (15) and Travid Head (11). He also struck twice in the death throes.
England were able to get the early wickets after putting Australia into bat.

The head caught Joe Root first on an angled ball from Woakes.
Three overs later, Warner mistimed a pull to give Woakes his second wicket, leaving Australia at 38 for two in the sixth over.

Smith and Labuschagne, who were not at their best in the tournament, then shared a 75-run stand from 96 balls. It was hard work in the middle for the talented batsmen who struggled to find the boundaries.
After the fall of Smith, Josh Inglis (3) tried to raise the scoring rate but fell while trying a reverse sweep from Rashid.

Green, who looked uncomfortable against the short-pitched stuff from Wood, hit some crisp boundaries off the other bowlers. The cover drive off Woakes was the highlight of his knock. He saw his leg stump uprooted after asking for a slog catch from left-arm pacer David Willey.

Stonis then got into the action, depositing Rashid and Liam Livingstone into the stands over deep mid-wicket before being caught at the same spot off a short ball from the latter.

It looked like Australia would not be able to use their full quota of bowlers but Adam Zampa’s timely cameo of 29 off 19 balls took the team close to 300.

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