The Aussies were at their best when they locked horns with Eoin Morgan-led England in a World Cup clash on Tuesday. Australia went on to beat their Ashes rivals by 64 runs at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground.
After put to in bat, the Australian openers Aaron Finch and David Warner dominated the first but it was the England bowlers who came back strongly in the second half and ensured that their opposition was restricted to only 285/7.
Defending the total, Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc started the proceedings in an extraordinary fashion, dismissing England’s James Vince, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan early. Ben Stokes played a fighting role but was cleaned up by a ferocious yorker from Starc. The left-arm pace duo ran through the lower order and England fell well short of the target.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
WC SF here we come . Well played Aussies 👍👍👌👏@MacquarieSport @cricketcomau
— Darren Lehmann (@darren_lehmann) June 25, 2019
Well played Australia.. nice win. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
— Dean Jones AM (@ProfDeano) June 25, 2019
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) June 25, 2019
— Salman Butt (@im_SalmanButt) June 25, 2019
High fives 👋🏻 to the English bloke who fired up Mitch with some banter at breaky….. onya legend!!
— Alyssa Healy (@ahealy77) June 25, 2019
— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) June 25, 2019
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) June 25, 2019
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) June 25, 2019
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) June 25, 2019
Last two years have been completely contrasting for both Australia and England… Who would’ve thought Australia would qualify for the semis ahead of the favourites… #EngvAus Tables have turned
— Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) June 25, 2019
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) June 25, 2019
England and Australia have moved in opposite directions in the last week: England from bad to worse, Aussies from good to excellent. World Cup thrown open. Pak v NZ match tomorrow should be a needle contest
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) June 25, 2019
The England captain stepping to square leg when Starc bowled his first delivery to him made me think England could have a little problem over the next week or so.
I hope not, but I’ve not seen a captain show such a weakness for a while…
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) June 25, 2019
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) June 25, 2019
— Daniel Alexander (@daniel86cricket) June 25, 2019
England's last 11 games against Australia, India, New Zealand in the Cricket World Cup
Next two games: vs Ind & NZ
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) June 25, 2019