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- Australia seek semi-final spot, Afghanistan another upset
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Australia seek semi-final spot, Afghanistan another upset
Welcome to our coverage of Australia’s World Cup encounter with Afghanistan at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. With five wins in a row, Pat Cummins’ team have the best form line of any side at the tournament apart from the hosts India, who razed South Africa a couple nights ago in Kolkata.
But Afghanistan have, largely through their spin bowlers, proven awkward customers at this event, knocking over England, Pakistan and Sri Lanka to still be in contention. Our correspondent in India, Malcolm Conn, has looked into their slow bowling threat.
Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh are back in the Australian squad after missing the England game on Saturday night, although Steve Smith is a concern due to a recurrence of vertigo, something he has had to deal with numerous times over the years.
This World Cup has had its share of memorable moments, but few can match the rancour surrounding the “timed out” dismissal of Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews after the Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan sustained an appeal for the rare form of dismissal.
Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews, right, talks to umpires after he was declared timed out during the World Cup match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.Credit: AP
The ICC recently changed playing conditions to give the new batter two minutes to be ready to face up, rater than three. Mathews was running things close even without having issues with the strap on his batting helmet.
There have been numerous points of view, with Mathews and Shakib at understandable odds. Either way, the moment will go into cricket’s hall of the bizarre, as captured by Iain Payten and Tom Decent here.
Langer pushes for Bancroft Test inclusion
As for local matters, New South Wales are in a strong position against Western Australia after two days of their Sheffield Shield clash at the SCG.
That’s thanks largely to a coruscating century by Ollie Davies, the young batter recalled for the fourth game of the season, having played twice at the tail end of last summer.
Davies played with a combination of good sense and aggressive intent that can put even the best bowlers under pressure – it was notable how he took to Lance Morris, the West Australian speedster touted as an Australian quick of the future.
Chris Tremain has followed up by knocking the top off the WA second innings, but the Blues are yet to find a way past Cameron Bancroft, the prolific if sluggish opener who has the former Australian coach Justin Langer firmly in his corner as the man to replace David Warner.
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