By Peter Moore

  • England’s hopes of semi-final place hanging in balance after Lords defeat
  • Hosts left needing to possibly beat both India and New Zealand to ensure last four berth
  • Ben Stokes’ defiant 89 not enough for the pre-tournament favourites
LORDS, LONDON, UK- After Australia exposed England’s age-old frailties again, how did the players rate as the hosts’ chances of a semi-final hang in the balance?

 

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England

James Vince – 2/10 – Once again fully exposed at international level. Lasted just two deliveries before being bowled by Jason Behrendorff. Already proving a poor replacement for Jason Roy.

Jonny Bairstow – 4/10 – Looked to have seen off the new ball with a patient knock of 27 before beaten by the extra pace of Behrendorff.

Joe Root – 4/10 – Failing for the first time in the tournament. Couldn’t do anything with the in-swinging delivery from Mitchell Starc. Had a rare bad day in the field by fumbling the ball on more than one occasion.

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Eoin Morgan – 3/10 – His worst game in an England shirt for a long time. Got out to a poor shot, pulling at a delivery from Starc. Captaincy wise, had a poor game. Poor decisions for bowling changes at the end of the innings. Bizarre choice of giving Ben Stokes the final over. A day to forget at Lords for the skipper.

Jos Buttler – 6/10 – Not at his best in this match. Missed a straightforward stumping. Only bright light of his day would have been his effort with the bat- shared in a much-needed stand of 71 for the fifth wicket to dig England out of trouble.

Ben Stokes – 8 /10 – Backed up his undefeated 82 against Sri Lanka with another fine knock of 89. Hampered by a calf injury which affected him in the middle, but still looked England’s best batsman on the day. Appeared on course for a century, before Starc struck.

Moeen Ali – 3/10 –  Went after Starc’s bowling early on and the spinner looked a shell. Another bad performance from the Worcestershire man. Ended up on the day with 1 for 42 off six overs. Made no impression with the bat, making just six.

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Chris Woakes – 8/10 – Had his best match of the tournament. Bowled the right length, where others failed. Pitched the ball up consistently. Could have had more than the two wickets that he ended up with. Useful runs with the bat again, this time hitting 26.

Jofra Archer – 4/10 – Poor game from the Sussex paceman. Bowled far too short with the new ball allowing Australia to get off to a flier. If anything, he looked tired on the day.

Adil Rashid – 6/10 – Cameo innings of 25 off 20 balls at the end of the England innings to help hosts past 200. Never really threatened with the ball.

Mark Wood – 6/10 – Came back well in his second spell, but bowled far too short in his opening few overs. Ended up England’s most expensive bowler, finishing up with just one wicket at a cost of 59 runs.

 

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Australia

Aaron Finch – 9/10 – Outstanding effort from the Australian captain. Tucked into some poor England bowling on the Lords deck and picked up his seventh one day century against England. Reached his ton off 115 deliveries but will be disappointed about getting out from the very next ball. Led from the front. Having an outstanding World Cup so far, and is just four runs away from registering 500 runs in the tournament.

David Warner – 8/10 – Was the perfect partner for Finch by sharing in an opening stand of 123, with a contribution of 53. Certainly, enjoying English conditions, having already scored 500 runs in the tournament so far. Ominous for the Ashes ahead.

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Usman Khawaja – 7/10 – Got a life when he had made nine when Buttler missed a straightforward stumping. Beaten by pace from Stokes. Decent performance in the field on the day as well.

Steve Smith – 8/10 – Mr consistency for the Aussies. Approaching almost 300 runs in the tournament. Always looks comfortable at the crease and looked to be heading for another big score against England until he holed out to long on for 38.

Glen Maxwell – 6/10 – One of his quieter games in an Australian shirt. Made 12 before edging behind off Wood. Was given a couple of overs with the ball, which went at a cost of 15 runs.

Marcus Stoinis – 6/10 – Won’t be happy with an awful mix up which led to him being run out. Bagged the key wicket of Buttler.

Alex Carey – 8/10 – Classy innings from the wicketkeeper batsman. Shared in a useful partnership of 26 for the eighth wicket. Ended the innings unbeaten on 38. Tidy work behind the stumps from the Aussie glovesman. Looks a very useful player.

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Pat Cummins – 4/10 – Tidy eight overs, with a good economy rate. Only needed to bowl just the eight overs.

Mitchell Starc – 8/10 – Further proof that he is still one of the finest front-line bowlers in the world. Terrific figures of 4 for 43. With the new ball in his hand, he always looked dangerous.

Nathan Lyon – 7/10 – Steady nine overs at a cost of 43 runs. Kept the run rate down when he came on to bowl.

Jason Behrendorff – 9/10 – Top class new ball bowling from the Aussie quick. Removed Vince with a superb in-swinger before extra pace got the better of Bairstow. Returned later to grab the wickets of Ali, Woakes and Archer. Ended with the outstanding figures of 5 for 44.

 

England play India in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup at Edgbaston on Sunday, with the opening ball at 10.30am BST

 

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