New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and Black Caps coaches have spoken out on the most controversial of World Cup finals.
'New Zealand captain Kane Williamson says it's \'a shame\' that the World Cup final was decided on boundary countback and insists his team didn't lose to England, with two Black Caps coaches saying the trophy should have been shared. England was declared tournament champion at Lord's after the final was tied across both the 50 overs (241) and a super over (15). The host nation hit 24 boundaries to New Zealand's 16, which handed them the trophy. \'It's a shame that a World Cup final was decided like it was after two teams went at it for such a long period of time and long campaign,\' Williamson, who likened the final to \'a bad dream\', told NZ's Radio Sport Breakfast. \'The rules were there from the start we have to swallow that up and accept it. \'It will take a little bit of time [to absorb] … you get waves. You just forget about it for 10 minutes then it hits you again; 'Goodness me what was all that about, was that real?' \'It was an amazing day, amazing game of cricket but a real shame it was decided after teams couldn't be separated at two attempts at playing cricket; but that's the way it goes.\' In another radio interview, Williamson insisted that his team had not lost the final despite being beaten to the World Cup trophy. He did so while recognising England as worthy winners, just his latest touch of class after cricket's most dramatic match. \'At the end of the day nothing separated us, no one lost the final, but there was a crowned winner and there it is,\' he told Newstalk ZB. \'Pretty tough to get your head around. I think it will take time to reflect with a rational mind. \'It was a really good effort to get knockout stages. We were forced to play a style of game because of the conditions and adopted that really well. We thought it took us all the way but it was not to be. \'The rules are the rules and we all try and play by them, as did England, who also had a very good campaign.\' New Zealand coach Gary Stead said that sharing the trophy rather than applying an obscure tiebreaker rule was something that should be considered. \'Perhaps when you play over a seven-week period and can't be separated on the final day, that is something that should be considered as well,\' Stead said. \'But again, that's one consideration over a whole lot of things that went on over the World Cup. Everything will be reviewed, and I think that it's a good time to do it now. But probably just let the dust settle for a while.\' Black Caps assistant coach Craig McMillan said declaring joint winners would have been the right thing to do. \'It is not going to change yesterday's result. But what is probably fair to say at the end of seven weeks in a big tournament like this, when you have two teams can't be separated after a 50-over match and then a Super Over and neither team did actually lose in many ways in terms of runs scored,\' McMillan said. \'Then perhaps sharing the trophy would be the right thing to do. Wasn't to be yesterday, which we all are disappointed with. But it is sport and those were the rules.\' On top of the quirky tiebreaker, a final-over umpiring blooper incorrectly handed England an extra run in the Ben Stokes overthrow incident. \'Make sense of it? I think that'll take quite a bit of time, actually,\' Williamson told Newshub. \'Such a fine line, maybe the worst part is there's so much you can't control in those situations and it still eventuates the way it did. \'But it's a game of cricket isn't it. Guys were gutted, like truly gutted. \'Naturally, you reflect on a game like that, even if it wasn't a World Cup final, but you add that to the mix, you look at small margins throughout the whole match, not just this one or that one. \'Everybody's thinking about their role and what could've been different. \'But I think when you get to that stage, you almost take it a step further and realise it's almost outside of your control, and the guys put in such a huge effort in that final - in both games - in that final. \'And it wasn't quite enough for one reason or another.\''
Australia were already underdogs for the upcoming Ashes but their task looks even tougher now given the hot form of key English players and the confidence and momentum earned by their World Cup win. England stars Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler
'Australia were already underdogs for the upcoming Ashes but their task looks even tougher now given the hot form of key English players and the confidence and momentum earned by their World Cup win. England stars Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow are all flying with the bat, while the fine touch of quicks Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood has now given the hosts considerable bowling depth. Aside from veteran swing bowler James Anderson, every one of England’s most valuable Test players was on the field as they claimed their first World Cup in a phenomenal final against New Zealand. Anderson, Root, Stokes, Bairstow, Buttler and Woakes are the core of this England Test team in home conditions. If fit, I expect all six of those cricketers to play the first Test in 15 days from now, alongside an uncertain top three, one out of Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, and either Archer or Wood. No Stuart Broad? Yes, that’s right. I don’t expect the veteran to play in the Ashes opener if Anderson is healthy. In addition to Anderson, England surely will want the variety offered by express pace and in Wood and Archer they have two appealing options. Then the third pace spot would be between Woakes and Broad, with Sam Curran also considered. Woakes, these days, is a vastly better batsman than Broad and England love batting deep. Plus, Woakes owns a dominant Test record in the UK, with 54 wickets at 23, and is coming off an impressive World Cup in which he took 16 wickets at 27. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) Broad, meanwhile, is currently having limited impact in county cricket, taking just 17 wickets from seven matches at an average of 30. His lack of penetration is highlighted by the fact that out of the top 35 wicket takers in Division One, Broad has the second worst strike rate at 69. Australian Peter Siddle, by comparison, has taken 32 wickets at 20 in the same division with a strike rate of 47. Broad’s experience and previous success against Australia is a selling point. But I don’t think that will be enough to overcome the bowling form and batting value of Woakes. England will love the idea of unleashing Anderson, Woakes and Archer/Wood against the Australian batsmen on a seaming pitch. Although the Aussie bowling attack has done a solid job during their recent Ashes losses in England, their batting has been brittle. This has been particularly so on surfaces offering sideways movement. While Broad may be searching for touch, his long-time new ball partner Anderson is in terrifyingly good nick. England’s all-time leading Test wicket taker has torn Division Two to shreds this season with 30 wickets at 9. Anderson took only ten wickets in three Tests in the last Ashes in England, but since then he has run amok in home Tests, taking 102 wickets at 16 from 20 matches. England will have the luxury of either pairing Anderson with the seam, swing and accuracy of Woakes, or going for greater contrast by handing the new ball to one of the intimidating pair of Archer and Wood. As well as Archer bowled in the World Cup, taking 20 wickets at 23, Wood may have the edge on him due to having been man of the match in England’s most recent Test. Long known for his short run-up, Wood lengthened his approach before that Test in the West Indies, and has since enjoyed the best form of his career. Complementing these quicks will be Stokes, who is in equally ominous touch. The all-rounder was a strong contender for the World Cup player of the tournament after taking seven wickets at 35 to go with 465 runs at 66, a haul which featured several pivotal knocks, including in the final. Widely known as a hitter in white ball cricket, Stokes showed admirable technique, composure and doggedness with the blade in this World Cup. He looks ready for a massive Ashes with the bat. England’s James Anderson has a tremendous Ashes record (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) What’s more is that Stokes’ recent bowling form in Tests has been scorching, with 29 wickets at 25 in his past ten matches. The only weakness in the England attack is in the spin department. Whereas Australia boast an elite Test spinner in Nathan Lyon, England’s slow bowling options are comparatively poor. Off-spinner Moeen Ali has had a nightmare with the ball in Ashes Tests, averaging 66 from ten matches. Leggie Adil Rashid, meanwhile, is coming off an ordinary World Cup in which he averaged 48 with the ball. Rashid also has an underwhelming Test bowling record, averaging 40 from 19 matches. \t \t\tMore Cricket\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tEngland's form looks ominous for Ashes\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t#JeSuisGuppy: Martin Guptill's pivotal and hopeless World Cup\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tNine better ways to settle the World Cup final\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tICC issues statement on controversial Cricket World Cup moment\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tNew Zealand were robbed in the World Cup final\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t \t \t\t\t\t\t\t \t \t\tCricket\t What Rashid and Moeen do offer, though, is batting depth. With the likes of Woakes, Curran and Archer also gifted with the bat, England’s tail will pose a significant challenge to Australia. So, too, will the middle order, with Root, Stokes, Buttler and Bairstow likely to line up between four and seven. Each of those batsmen has been in tremendous touch in ODIs and will carry with them the confidence earned from their heart-stopping World Cup victory. Australia will not be easybeats thanks to the quality and experience of the likes of Steve Smith, David Warner, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja and Tim Paine. That is a very strong core. But with all of England’s key players in fine fettle, the Aussies are up against it.'
'I love bowling.There’s only a certain number of times I’m allowed to do it each week because of the way my body has to be managed, but I really look forward to those times.I get really excited and I’m always at the coaches to let me bowl more.Bowling fast is what drives me – and I think I’ve become quicker since last season.It makes me want to keep going, keep progressing.You become addicted to it.You want to become quicker and quicker.I don’t model my action on anyone, but I love watching Pat Cummins bowl.I love how aggressive he is.It looks like something’s going to happen whenever he comes on.He’s fast as well, of course, and I suppose some of the physical stuff he’s overcome resonates with me.He’s had some big injury obstacles to deal with, as I have.When Pat was younger he couldn’t string many games together, but he’s past that now and is probably one of the best bowlers in the world.He’s someone I love to watch.I’m not sure what directions Pat is given by the men’s team’s bowling coaches, but I’m guessing it’s pretty similar to what I get told.It’s quite straightforward – just run in, bowl fast, hit the top of off, and if you want to bowl a bouncer every now and then, do it.It’s good for me to hear that because, at the World Cup, where I got a game, and then in Malaysia, I realised I get quite nervous bowling at the top level.So, just being told to bowl fast and chuck in a bouncer here and there, helps me clear my mind and relax me a bit.Just reading books Being selected for my first Ashes series came as a bit of a surprise.I’d been spoken to about it a couple of times, but you can never be sure.When I was finally told I was in the squad, I was pretty pumped.I’m probably having more fun with my cricket than ever before – but it wasn’t always the most important thing to me.When you grow up in the country like I did, in Bendigo, you play all different sports and, for me, it was basketball, footy, soccer and cricket, Mum was a nurse, Dad was an accountant – our surname is Belgian, but we go back several generations in Australia – and I have a brother and a sister.My brother and I are close in age, so we competed a lot against each other.Often, not surprisingly, it ended in tears.Once I started high school, however, probably my biggest focus was on studying.I was a bit of a nerd.I’d get to school about 8.30am, sit in the library until school started and then stay there until 5 o’clock after school, just reading books.My passion was the sciences.I had an OK memory, so things would stay in my mind and I became really interested in things like biology, chemistry and maths.I was never much good at English, but science was interesting to me.I’d sit there and read books about human anatomy and things like that.I’m not sure exactly what took me down that path.Dad was a bit of a numbers man, of course, but I think it might have been more about just not wanting to get in trouble.I preferred to just be quiet and well behaved and became quite studious.I loved it.Even though I’ve gone on to play sport for a career, those interests made me want to become a physio and that’s something I’ve got right into, along with playing cricket.I’m in my second year of that now, at La Trobe in Melbourne, even though it’s come to a bit of a standstill with my cricket commitments.I’ll definitely get back to it when I can and, once cricket’s over, it’s something I’d like to do as a profession.In some ways, my knowledge of the human body helped me understand a bit better what was going on for me as I overcame a number of injuries on my way to this point. . The post Nerd who became a tearaway appeared first on PlayersVoice .'
It couldn’t have been a more fitting end to the campaign of a team that had made winning World Cups an obsession. What’s more, it was an English side that evolved to be a group that made Aaron Finch’s men remember their predecessors, put a seal on
'It couldn’t have been a more fitting end to the campaign of a team that had made winning World Cups an obsession. What’s more, it was an English side that evolved to be a group that made Aaron Finch’s men remember their predecessors, put a seal on their exit routes. What’s more, it was an English side, optimistic of their chances against the world’s cricketing heavyweights, who sealed Australia’s fate. Australia was of course aware that teams with successful build-ups to the tournament would push them to the limit at the World Cup, but the defending champions had endured similarly high pressure before arriving in England and had thrived in it. Australia has been a force to reckon with in the past, and 2019 has been no different. Although it appeared only a distant possibility a year ago that they could clinch their sixth crown, they managed to generate massive momentum with the competition fast approaching. (Harry Trump-IDI/IDI via Getty Images) The men in yellow thundered into the mix by blowing away one of the tournament favourites and punishing the dark horses a couple of months before it. Bam! they are back in the top-tier contention. Make no mistake, as the tournament unfolded it became apparent their preparations were a mess and the playing XI was far from settled. At the fulcrum lay the selection blunders, a shift of responsibility to a specific group to steer the match, a lack of dynamism in the batting order and injuries in the latter part of the tournament. They had picked three opening batsmen. Usman Khawaja, who made a truckload of runs as an opener, dropped to No. 3. Steve Smith, who averaged above 50 at No. 3, had plummeted to a position from where his performances were fluctuating, as was Shaun Marsh, who came back in the line-up to send the balls out of the park in the death overs. Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis were undeniably the epic disappointments. The former’s insanely athletic fielding delivered as always and his bowling was seldom economical without producing a wicket, but with the bat he turned out to be a disaster. Several of his knocks threatened, but he failed to make anything substantial out of it. That brings us to the equation Marcus Stoinis, who only fared slightly well, producing wickets at crucial junctures – notably the scalps of Shakib Al-Hasan and Jos Buttler – but his tendency to play several dot balls even when there were cries for strike rotation or finding gaps piled the pressure onto his partner. Stoinis also didn’t prove helpful enough to run hard between the wickets alongside batsmen like David Warner and Steve Smith. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) Apart from the bulk of work done by the opening combination, Alex Carey’s emergence as a capable white-ball player was the silver lining. As they pick up the pieces from their hammering against England, the gloveman with 375 runs in the tournament would be the guaranteed candidate behind the stumps in the years to follow for Australia. Mitchell Starc, who had featured in insanely fewer games before the event, could end up being the man of the tournament again. Also, Australia’s only regular wicket-taking option did the job for Aaron Finch throughout – he needed his pace colleagues to inspire him when he experienced a rare off day at Edgbaston. As much as the vast volume of strength for Australia sat in pace, spin mainly added into the scheme of things. Unlike their previous World Cup campaign, they had to play a specialist spinner. However, both Adam Zampa and Nathan Lyon were both negated easily, leaving the fast bowlers overburdened. Sports opinion delivered daily Despite all these factors in the group stages, almost everyone gave them a chance simply because they are Australia, and Australia are known to come big at the knockout stages. Australia also had a slight upper hand given their crushing victory at Lord’s and successful semi-finals history, regardless of the hosts’ surge. But it turned out to be the day England showed why they are the favourites and the tremendous belief the Adelaide massacre against Bangladesh brought out of them. \t \t\tMore Cricket\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tAustralia's messy and unsettled composition leaves them dazed\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tBancroft back with Aussies for Ashes trial\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tLanger thinks Australia has won the public's respect back\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tThe Roar's Cricket World Cup expert tips and predictions: Final\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tAustralia World Cup player ratings\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t \t \t\t\t\t\t\t \t \t\tCricket\t Nonetheless, Australia would take heart reaching the knockouts considering the state they went through after the Capetown scandal, given the Englishmen trouncing them to dust roughly a year ago and ultimately despite losing as many as 22 of 26 ODIs through to March 2019. Irrespective of all this, a well-grounded resurgence injected a belief that this Australian team could go all the way. They won from the worst positions, they won against well-rounded teams and they moved from strength to strength with each passing game. They kept inserting the faith, so much so that regardless of not having a lot of genuine matchwinners, they would find a sniff. But England had ousted Australia to march into the final in all the departments: power-hitting, subtlety, pace, spin, groundwork – you name it! It wasn’t Australia’s year. By a large margin the World Cup belongs to a team who played not only with skills but also with plenty of heart. And it wasn’t Aaron Finch’s men, unlike Steve Waugh’s, who unswervingly brought South Africa to submission at the same venue two decades ago.'
Dashing England opener Jason Roy has been ripped for his expletive-laden tirade after being incorrectly given out.
'Former Australian Test opener Ed Cowan has slammed England's World Cup hero Jason Roy for his antics after being dismissed in the semi-final against Australia. Roy's blazing 85 put the host nation in the driver's seat before he was given out caught behind by umpire Kumar Dharmasena off a Pat Cummins bouncer, despite having missed the ball. Unfortunately for Roy and England, the side was out of reviews after his opening partner Jonny Bairstow had wasted one on a routine LBW decision earlier, leaving Roy incensed as he walked off the field. Roy's tirade at the umpires, in which he labelled the decision as a \'f---ing embarrassment\' resulted him being fined 30 percent of his match fee, but Cowan wanted a harsher penalty. \'Realistically, he should be given a one-match ban,\' Cowan told ABC Grandstand's World Cup podcast. \'The dissent he showed was almost soccer-like, up, remonstrating with the umpires. \'What he did was an absolute disgrace. What he did was as bad a level of dissent as you could ever possibly show.\' Roy was also docked two demerit points due to the incident from Match Referee Ranjan Madugalle, bringing his World Cup tally to three, but a player can only be suspended after accumulating four demerit points. While the decision was quite obviously the incorrect one, Cowan said that Roy had no right to stand his ground after Dharmasena had raised his finger. \'I've never seen that on a cricket field. You can't stand in the middle of the ground, arms outstretched, asking how is that out and try and refer it knowing you've already used a referral,\' he said. \'Honestly, he's been watching too much Premier League soccer. That was a disgrace. You cannot treat umpires like that on a cricket field.\' Roy and Dharmasena will meet once again in Sunday's World Cup final with the Sri Lankan named as one of the on-field umpires for the tournament finale alongside South Africa's Marais Erasmus.'
Overcast conditions and a grassy pitch with a slight tinge of dampness – the Headingley track in 1975 World Cup semi-final between two of the cricket’s biggest rivals was the ‘wildest dream-come-true’ moment for the Australian and English bowlers.
'Overcast conditions and a grassy pitch with a slight tinge of dampness – the Headingley track in 1975 World Cup semi-final between two of the cricket’s biggest rivals was the ‘wildest dream-come-true’ moment for the Australian and English bowlers. Toying with the batsmen could not get easier, and the boy from Waratah, Gary Gilmour, toyed around a tad more than the others. Australian captain Ian Chappell elected to field first after winning the all-important toss. The English batting line-up was to face the music of deadly trio Dennis Lillee, Jeff Thompson and Max Walker. This was just the third one-day international for 23-year-old Gary ‘Gus’ Gilmour. The left-arm pacer was a relatively unknown name on the international circuit, but that all changed after the 1975 World Cup semi-finals. \t \t\tMore Cricket\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tGary Gilmour's Roy of the Rovers moment in the 1975 World Cup\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tHow South Africa must prepare for the next Cricket World Cup\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tAustralia vs England: Cricket World Cup semi-final live scores, blog\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tKohli unhappy with World Cup format after India's shock semi-final loss\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tGame of Codes, Episode 26: The full Origin 3 breakdown & Australia's World Cup showdown with England\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t \t \t\t\t\t\t\t \t \t\tCricket\t Ian Chappell put his faith in Gilmour and decided to give him the new ball, and Gus didn’t take long to get started. He dismissed both English openers for a single-digit score. He caught Dennis Amiss leg before wicket and dislodged the stumps of Barry Wood. It was the start of something special and something of a day of reckoning for the English. Gilmour bowled 12 straight overs and finished with figures of 12-6-14-6. He became the first bowler to take six wickets in an ODI. He swung the ball at the snap of his fingers. Inswing or the outswing, Gilmour spilled magic with ease. Of his six wickets, four of them were trapped leg before wicket. England were eventually bowled out for a paltry 93. In reply the English bowlers came out strong. Australia found themselves in dire straits. The scoreboard showed Australia 6-39 as the hero for the Aussies with the ball came out to bat – Gary Gilmour and Doug Walters steadied the ship for the visitors. Gilmour kept the score ticking and scored a 28-ball 28 not out and Australia entered the final of the inaugural edition of World Cup. Gary Gilmour (Adrian Murrell/Allsport) This was a Roy of the Rovers moment for Gary Gilmour. The 23-year-old left-arm pacer didn’t stop there – he took a five-for against the Windies in the final, though it came in a losing cause. Gilmour only played one more ODI after the 1975 World Cup final. “As a cricketer he was the most talented player of my time, a guy who had extraordinary talents in every facet of cricket,” Steve Bernard said of Gilmour . “In hindsight he probably didn’t reach the heights that he should have, based on his cricket ability, but the guys who played with him and against him will recognise he was a fantastic player, who was dynamic in anything he did in cricket. “When he was on he was unplayable. He bowled a swinging ball, he could hit the ball a mile, throw it like a bullet and he was a fantastic catcher either close to the wicket or in the outfield – a supreme cricketer. He was a very popular person, Gus, a bit of a larrikin and very much liked by everyone. He didn’t take life all that seriously, played for the enjoyment of it.” The 23-year-old boy from Waratah stepped up at the biggest stage of them all and wrote his name in World Cup folklore for the baggy green.'
Australia seem to be on the verge of dropping Glenn Maxwell for today’s semi-final against England, which would leave them with a worrying lack of middle-order power. Comments made by coach Justin Langer and captain Aaron Finch suggest Peter
'Australia seem to be on the verge of dropping Glenn Maxwell for today’s semi-final against England, which would leave them with a worrying lack of middle-order power. Comments made by coach Justin Langer and captain Aaron Finch suggest Peter Handscomb and Marcus Stoinis will play, while Matthew Wade is a strong chance to replace Maxwell. Finch told the media Steve Smith was likely to move up to number three and that if Wade did play he would be positioned “near the top” of the order. Piecing all of this together, it seems Australia are looking at a top five of Finch, David Warner, Smith, Wade and Handscomb. That leaves Stoinis and wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey at six and seven, with the all-rounder needing to bat ahead of Carey because of how slowly he starts his innings. \t \t\tMore Cricket\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tDropping Glenn Maxwell against England would be a huge mistake\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tWhere tonight's Australia-England semi will be won or lost\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tFeast-or-famine Jason Roy the semi-final key\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tGame of Codes, Episode 26: The full Origin 3 breakdown & Australia's World Cup showdown with England\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tThe insidious evolution of Test cricket – and who's to blame\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t \t \t\t\t\t\t\t \t \t\tCricket\t Stoinis is best suited to batting in the top four – his constant dawdling starts make him a liability in the middle order. If the pitch is a belter and Australia find themselves needing to set or chase a big total against England’s high-scoring lineup, then having Stoinis at six or seven instead of Maxwell will put huge pressure on Carey, who is the only batsman listed above between five and seven with a proven ability to strike boundaries regularly from the start of his innings. Alex Carey (Photo by Christopher Lee-IDI/IDI via Getty Images) Maxwell has been granted patience because of his ability to score so much faster than anyone else in the lineup. This year, he has averaged 34 in ODIs while scoring at 8.04 runs per over. Stoinis, meanwhile, has averaged 25 while scoring at 4.85. Given the solidity of Australia’s top five, and Carey’s hot form at seven, what they are most likely to need out of their number six is not an accumulator-style innings but a sprinting 40 or so. Based on their strike rates this year, to make 40 runs Stoinis chews up 50 balls compared to just 30 deliveries for Maxwell, which makes it clear cut who is the better option to bat at six against the fastest-scoring team in ODI cricket. Sports opinion delivered daily Not only would the above predicted batting lineup place greater responsibility on Carey to score at a scorching rate, it would also put added pressure on the top three to be more aggressive. Australia’s batting method in this World Cup has been to build slowly. They have looked to minimise risks in their first 30-35 overs, keep wickets in hand, then attack. With Handscomb, Stoinis and Carey at five, six and seven, could Australia be confident of blazing 100 from the final ten overs? I don’t think so. No one in the world scores as quickly from their first 20 balls at the crease as Maxwell. It is this rare ability that Australia have nurtured, seemingly waiting for a day like today. Now that the day has arrived, they instead look set to go with a batting all-rounder in Stoinis, who has been awful with the blade for his past 25 ODIs and has just suffered two side strains. Australia’s think thank have done a solid job of late with their selections. But keeping Stoinis and axing Maxwell would be a mistake.'