Australia have booked their semifinal spot in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 with a 64-run win over host England at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. The defending champions have looked dominant so far in the tournament barring the game against India. As the Aussies gear upto play the final two games, former skipper Steve Waugh has heaped praise on them saying that they are getting better at the right time.
Australia getting momentum in right time: Waugh
David Warner and skipper Aaron Finch got Australia off to a flying start adding 121 runs for the first wicket. It was a difficult wicket to bat, and gradually, the conditions got bad. Contributions from Alex Carey down the order helped the defending champions post a challenging total of 285 runs on the board at the end of 50 overs. Australian pacers made the life of England batters tough as Mitchell Starc, and Jason Behrendorff shared nine wickets between them. Ben Stokes was the lone warrior for England but perished at the end due to lack of partners as England suffered their third defeat in the World Cup.
Steve Waugh praised the whole team for a thumping win over the hot favourites. He also added that the Aaron Finch-led side is picking up at the right time to their best interest in the World Cup.
Without doubt, this was a commanding performance by a team that is gathering confidence and momentum at exactly the right time,” Waugh wrote in a column for the ICC.
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Furthermore, Steve Waugh praised the selectors for showing faith on Jason Behrendorff. The former skipper also added the Behrendorff’s partnership with Mitchell Starc will keep the opponents in their feet in the matches to follow.
“The Australian selectors must be congratulated for the bold selection of Jason Behrendorff and the faith they showed in presenting him with the new ball. His five-wicket hall was not only significant for its impact on the match, but his ability to swing it in conjunction with Mitchell Starc will have put all future batsman on notice that their techniques will be forensically examined,” Waugh conlcuded.