Australia have registered a thumping win over England on Tuesday where their pace attack dismantled England. While Mitchell Starc bagged 4 wickets, his fellow left-arm pacer Jason Behrendorff scalped his career-best figures of 5/44. Their efforts alongside Aaron Finch’s century helped the defending champion to win the game by 64 runs at Lord’s.
“He is done really great today. He bowled beautifully, started really well in that first over,” Mitchell Starc said on Jason Behrendorff. “I guess we spoke about it as a group that left-arm would probably be a good match-up so to get us underway the way he did and bowl ten beautiful overs was fantastic for him and the group.”
With the whopping 64-run win, Australia became the first team to confirm their berth in the semi-final. They will now play against New Zealand, who are still undefeated in the tournament so far.
“Two very important games us coming up. We play New Zealand, who are sort of going under the radar and are building nicely. They haven’t lost a game and we know how good a side they are, especially in tournament play,” Starc said.
“To play against them at Lord’s will be a big match-up for us. We always speak about building upto to your best cricket towards the back end. Hopefully we are getting there, we are improving every game, which is fantastic especially after that Indian game. We are still looking for that complete performance but the group has got smiles on their faces we are building nicely,” he told.
However, they are not taking New Zealand lightly as they have a couple of quality players who are able to turn the table single-handedly.
“I am not sure what you can take out of it. MCG and Lord’s are very different, bigger ground, smaller ground, four years later…similar sort of teams I guess. Especially their side has seen not too many changes,” expressed Starc. “They are playing good cricket so we will have our chats through the week and look forward to that game as well.”