England’s dream turn into ashes against Australia
Even a heroic inning from Ben Stokes could not save England as they suffered a 64-run defeat to Australia at Lord’s in London on Tuesday. While Australia is safely poised with a semi-finals berth with the win, England is hanging with a bleak chance of reaching the semi-finals only if it is able to win both their remaining league stage matches. England next faces India, who have been unbeaten in the World Cup 2019, in Birmingham on Sunday.
Stokes stated “This is our World Cup” after a loss by Australia put doubt on the chances of England to qualify for the semi-finals.
England failed to chase a target of 286 to beat the reigning champions.
Stokes made 89 against Australia but, just like the all-rounder’s unbeaten 82 against Sri Lanka, it was not enough to emerge victorious, with England now having lost three pool matches in total including an early defeat by Pakistan.
“Look, everybody’s obviously disappointed in the last two games but, you know, this is our World Cup and we are going to go about it the way we know how we play best,” Stokes said
England will have to beat both in-form India and New Zealand in their final two pool matches if they are to stay alive in the World Cup.
Similar to Australia, they are teams England have not defeated at a World Cup since 1992.
Stokes said “We just need to adjust to situations and then conditions, but we are not for one minute going to take a backward step, especially in these last two (group) games.
“It’s one of the biggest times and greatest times to be a cricketer, which is to represent your country at a World Cup.”
It is to be seen whether the hosts could now keep their hopes alive or not.