Australia have registered a thumping win over the host England by 64 runs at Lord’s where Australia’s pace attack dismantled England alongside their captain Aaron Finch’s century. Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc took 5 and 4 wickets respectively and sealed the deal for Australia as they became the first team to qualify for the semi-finals.
“Anytime you contribute to the team’s win is critical. That is the most important thing,” said Aaron Finch at the post-match presentation, who was also awarded the ‘Player of The Match’ for his ton. “There are been quite a few hundreds which have come in losses, so it is nice to get one in a win. You can’t win the tournament if you don’t qualify for the semis, so that is the first part ticked off which is a really good feeling. We have played some good cricket so far and hopefully it will go the same way,” he said.
Both the openers Aaron Finch and David Warner were playing pretty good in the middle and added a crucial 123-run stand for the first wicket before Warner fell after his half-century.
“To be sent on a wicket that was moving around a bit and to get through the initial tough was crucial,” added the captain. “Woakesy (Chris Woakes) got a hell of a spell and for him to get seven in a row upfront, we thought he’d quit after five, but he kept coming. To get through that and set a reasonable foundation with Davey (Warner) at the top of the order was nice.
“It was nipping around, it was seaming. I think we played well to sort of rein it in and make sure we are as tight as it could be for that initial period and then tried to cash in on any width. People are saying it’s not the Warner of old, who comes out bashes and thrashes, but I think there have been some wickets in this tournament where bowling demands a bit more respect. We try to sum up the conditions quickly. Today, he was very close to his best, he was disappointed when he got out. He was starting to get on top but that happens in One Day cricket. We’re confident with what we’ve got,” he further added.
Finch was praised of his key bowler Jason Behrendorff, who finished with his career-best figures of 5/44 while Mitchell Starc took 4/43 and bundled out England within 221.
“He (Behrendorff) bowled beautifully. When you have a guy who can bring the ball back into the right-handers it is a great asset to have and he did not disappoint. Everytime he was called upon, he bowled a long spell first up and then to keep coming back and pick up wickets was outstanding,” Finch expressed.