In a thrilling match at the 2023 Cricket World Cup, Australia emerged victorious against England, further strengthening their position in the tournament. Here are the match highlights, post-match interviews, and key statistics:
- Australia: 286 (49.3 overs)
- England: 253 (48.1 overs)
- Result: Australia won by 33 runs
Player of the Match:
- Adam Zampa
- Australia’s batting display led by Adam Zampa’s all-around performance proved crucial.
- England showed improvement in their batting but fell short of the target.
- Zampa’s outstanding bowling, batting, and a spectacular catch defined the match.
- England’s defeat officially eliminated them from the tournament.
Pat Cummins (Australia):
“We’re getting better with each match. We’ve improved with each game, still not playing the perfect game. We didn’t start well, but the boys have put their hands up. He (Zampa) has been bowling beautifully in the last 3 games. Maxi and Mitchy will be back. They have had a great tournament. It wasn’t too bad tonight with the dew.”
It’s been great, the boys played brilliantly, we’re getting better with each match. We’ve improved with each game, still not playing the perfect game. It’s something we pride ourselves on, we didn’t start well, but the boys have put their hands up, ever since the first 2 games. He has been bowling beautifully in the last 3 games (on Zampa), made 29 and took a banger (of a catch). We thought it was a good wicket and would probably break up to his strength. Maxi and Mitchy will be back, they have had a great tournament and for the others to come in and put in a performance was nice. It wasn’t too bad tonight (on the dew), sometimes we do see players getting wet as they slide on, but it wasn’t that bad today.
Jos Buttler (England):
“Disappointment, we were having the same chat after the match. Improvements today, more with the bat, but we were still well short. These losses weigh high on our shoulders. We did well with the ball, but we could have done better. With the dew around, we backed ourselves and we fell 30 runs short.”
Disappointment, we were having the same chat after the match. Improvements today, more with the bat, but we were still well short, no complaints if you lose by 30 runs. A low point as a captain, you stand in this position, you came to India with high hopes and expectations, we haven’t done ourselves any justice, everyone knows how much hard work we’ve put, these losses weigh high on our shoulders. We did well (with the ball), but we could have done better, we let them put up frustrating little partnerships. With the dew around, we backed ourselves and we fell 30 runs short. It was the right shot to play (on his dismissals), the execution wasn’t great, I was trying to take it back to them. I haven’t played as well as I can, in such a pivotal position, I think I let myself and my team down. Only way to come back is to put in the hard yards at the nets and come back better in the next game.Jos Buttler (England)
Mitchell Starc (Australia):
“We thought they will come aggressively at us. Got a proper training session in. Sometimes my take-off into the delivery stride forced me to jump into it. Zampa has had a hell of a day. I don’t think you can take anyone lightly. There is some nip in Wankhede. We saw India bowling superbly the other night.”
Keeps the momentum going. Not the best start but we have progressed nicely. We are going along nicely. They would probably claim a moral victory (smiles). They are the defending champions, we thought they will come aggressively at us. Was generally slow to start with. We didn’t really mention a par score. Zampa took the momentum away. A couple of wickets in the powerplay helped. Zampa has had a helluva a day. Probably didn’t get it right the other night against NZ. Got a proper training session in. Sometimes my take-off into the delivery stride forced me to jump into it. The one to Joe Root swung a little late. I certainly heard it. Marnus heard it but he has a poor strike rate when it comes to reviews, gets it right once in 50 (laughs). I don’t think you can take anyone lightly. There is some nip in Wankhede. We saw India bowling superbly the other night.Mitchell Starc (Australia)
Adam Zampa (Man of the Match):
“Just tried to be really positive and bat out the 50 overs. Felt satisfying. Hopefully, my best is yet to come.”
“I mean just summing up the conditions was important. We batted really well to get to 286. The ground got really dewy. Attacking the stumps was important. It came out as good as it ever has. Felt really good. Just tried to be really positive and bat out the 50 overs. Was important to rotate the strike. One of those days. Felt satisfying. Hopefully, my best is yet to come.”Adam Zampa (Man of the Match)
|Most consecutive defeats for a Full member side in WCs||11 (Afghanistan, 2019-23)|
|Most defeats for a Full member side in a World Cup||9 (Afghanistan, 2019)|
|Most wickets by Adam Zampa in the match||3 for 21|
|Australia’s total runs||286|
|England’s total runs||253|
The victory keeps Australia’s semi-final hopes alive while England is officially eliminated from the competition. Australia now has 10 points in the table and remains a strong contender for the semi-finals. England will need to win their remaining matches to qualify for the 2025 Champions Trophy.
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