Australia and India secured opening round wins against their biggest cricket rivals at the world cup. Luke Hodgetts reports.
Australia, hosting a world cup for the first time since 1992, saw off England by a large 111 run margin, and India furthered showed their dominance in the one day arena by beating Pakistan by 87 runs.
England played poorly, with both bat and ball. If you are going to win matches, you cannot drop crucial players like Finch and Maxwell.
Something that frustrates me as an England fan is the worrying lack of Yorkers that are bowled in the death overs by the steamers. A well placed Yorker is one of the best delivery to bowl at batsman to restrict scoring and apply that pressure that so often returns wickets.
It was also disappointing to see world class umpires incorrectly rule James Anderson out, denying James Taylor his maiden international century. These guys are normally spot on 90% of the time, and to see a glaring error made in one of the biggest matches of the tournament is frustrating.
In the other big match of the day, Pakistans batting collapse on a very good batting wicket was also disappointing.
India posted a par score of 300 on that wicket after they collapsed at the end, making 27 for 5 with solid death bowling from Pakistan, and despite Pakistan never actually chasing more than 262 in a world cup, and never beating India in the tournament, were the favourites to win this game.
However tight bowling bowling from India, and some very poor batting from the Green shirts contributed to their downfall.
I think both teams can bounce back, England are playing New Zealand, who are in fine form and if the English bowl and bat a lot better than on Friday, there is no reason why they can’t beat the kiwis.