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Thursday, 11 July 2019

Aussies left bruised and bloodied by English quicks


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A vicious opening spell from England pacemen Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer has put Australia immediately on the back foot in the ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final.

After winning the toss, Australian captain Aaron Finch opted to bat first on what appeared to be a batting paradise, but was trapped in front first ball from Archer.

The golden duck was the fifth of Finch's career as he achieved an unenviable slice of history by becoming the first Australian opening batsman to be dismissed first ball in a World Cup fixture.

Australia's miserable start was soon compounded by the wickets of David Warner and World Cup debutant Peter Handscomb, both to the bowling of Woakes.

Aaron Finch

The horror start was a stark contrast to the previous World Cup meeting between the two sides which saw Finch and Warner pile on 123 for the opening wicket.

The horror collapse to open the semi-final reminded former Australian captain Mark Taylor of an equally deep previous World Cup semi-final hole the Aussies eventually climbed out of in 1996.

"It's reminding Heals and I of Chandigarh. We were 4/15 in that semi against the West Indies, so I think they're going alright," Taylor joked on Nine's coverage.

"It's obviously a terrible start from an Australian point of view, but the bowling has been excellent."

Alex Carey

The opening trio of wickets prompted a batting line-up change from Australia, with wicket-keeper Alex Carey promoted to No.5 ahead of the big-hitting pair of Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis.

Carey has been one of Australia's most effective batsmen so far this tournament, plundering 338 runs at an average of 67.60 and a strike rate of 110.09, but he too was troubled early.

Just four balls into his innings, Carey was left blooded by a searing Archer bouncer which collected him on the helmet.

Incredibly, the delivery knocked Carey's helmet off his head and almost fell onto the stumps before the startled batsman was able catch it.

Later on in his innings, Carey's jaw was strapped up heavily after it began to noticeably swell, causing fears of a possible break.

A vicious opening spell from England pacemen Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer has put Australia immediately on the back foot in the ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final.

After winning the toss, Australian captain Aaron Finch opted to bat first on what appeared to be a batting paradise, but was trapped in front first ball from Archer.

The golden duck was the fifth of Finch's career as he achieved an unenviable slice of history by becoming the first Australian opening batsman to be dismissed first ball in a World Cup fixture.

Australia's miserable start was soon compounded by the wickets of David Warner and World Cup debutant Peter Handscomb, both to the bowling of Woakes.

Aaron Finch

The horror start was a stark contrast to the previous World Cup meeting between the two sides which saw Finch and Warner pile on 123 for the opening wicket.

The horror collapse to open the semi-final reminded former Australian captain Mark Taylor of an equally deep previous World Cup semi-final hole the Aussies eventually climbed out of in 1996.

"It's reminding Heals and I of Chandigarh. We were 4/15 in that semi against the West Indies, so I think they're going alright," Taylor joked on Nine's coverage.

"It's obviously a terrible start from an Australian point of view, but the bowling has been excellent."

Alex Carey

The opening trio of wickets prompted a batting line-up change from Australia, with wicket-keeper Alex Carey promoted to No.5 ahead of the big-hitting pair of Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis.

Carey has been one of Australia's most effective batsmen so far this tournament, plundering 338 runs at an average of 67.60 and a strike rate of 110.09, but he too was troubled early.

Just four balls into his innings, Carey was left blooded by a searing Archer bouncer which collected him on the helmet.

Incredibly, the delivery knocked Carey's helmet off his head and almost fell onto the stumps before the startled batsman was able catch it.

Later on in his innings, Carey's jaw was strapped up heavily after it began to noticeably swell, causing fears of a possible break.

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