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Cricket World Cup 2023 score and updates

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Hello and welcome to coverage of Australia v Sri Lanka from Lucknow, a reunion of winless teams desperate to advance their campaign after a difficult start. As Australian and English fans indulge in euphoric days of schadenfreude, it is important to remember that Australia were beaten (yes, badly) by India and South Africa, Sri Lanka by the South Africa and Pakistan, teams better ranked than the English conquerors. , New Zealand and Afghanistan.

Sri Lanka, winners in 1996, and Australia, world champions in 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2015, will, like England, find some comfort after Pakistan’s disastrous start in 1992 until ‘they behave like cornered tigers (L, W, NR, L, L, W. W, W, W, W) and Australia in 1999 (L, L, W, W, W, W, W, T, W) to encourage yourself to think that the first defeats can be overcome. Sri Lanka, at least, made runs (326 against South Africa, 344 against Pakistan) but demonstrated the imbalance of power between the two disciplines by allowing South Africa to make 428 and in Pakistan 345 with 10 balls in reserve.

Australia, on the other hand, bowled quite well despite lacking a top-class spinner, but their batting (199 and 177, both out) illustrated how meager their resources are, once again pressing Test stalwarts such as Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne. on the same side, adopting an approach that, as the England football team did at World Cups, was in vogue a few tournaments earlier.

Yet with Travis Head nearing a return from his broken hand and the batsman-keeper’s position changed after one match, the culmination of Alex Carey’s dramatic loss of form since Lord’s Test, they trying to adjust on their feet. Australia, after playing South Africa in Lucknow on Thursday, should be able to regain their comfort against spin the second time around, but one misstep and their goose will be well and truly cooked.

telegraph

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