Australia continued their impressive run in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 event as the defending champions became the first team to qualify for the semi-finals of the ongoing cricket gala. In their important game against arch-rivals England, Kangaroos showed their mental strength yet again to win a high-voltage contest.
Coming into this game, left-arm quick Jason Behrendorff had played only one World Cup game. However, Australian think tank made tactical changes which payed dividends. One of the two changes included Behrendorff who was introduced into the side to exploit helpful conditions, and the proficient bowler didn’t disappoint.
The 29-year old picked 5 key wickets to register his maiden five-wicket haul. From the new nut and then with the old ball, Behrendorff portrayed his class to help his team decimate England. Overshadowed by Aaron Finch’s stunning century, the New South Wales born failed to claim the player of the match award.
Winning four of their first 5 games in the mega-event, England looked well on their way to qualify for the semi-finals of the tournament. However, defeats against Sri Lanka and arch-rivals Australia dented their journey as the hosts would now need victories against India and New Zealand to save themselves from the trouble of facing ifs and buts.