Cricket: Cricket World Cup
Venue: Lord’s, London Date: 31 March – 14 April Coverage: Live commentary on BBC radio 5 live sports extra (W5), BBC Radio 4 LW and the BBC Sport website, plus text commentaries online; BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Sport website (W8) to cover match
Adil Rashid captured six wickets to end up with the best figures of the World Cup for England
Man-of-the-match Eoin Morgan’s whirlwind century set up a crushing 137-run win against Australia in the second of the Ashes at Lord’s.
They put on 355 for the first wicket to effectively eradicate any chance of a shock victory for Steve Smith’s side, who slumped to 191-6 after being reduced to 38-4.
Opener Alex Hales was run out for 82, but Hashim Amla, David Warner and Ashton Agar all fell to Rashid, whose 6-32 was a World Cup best.
He had also shone in England’s 14-run defeat by India in the opener.
Swede Rashid, who had top-scored with 97 in the first innings, took two catches and bowled a brilliant draw on Saturday to restrict Australia to 229-8.
No England bowler had managed to take a wicket in the World Cup as they conceded 1,048 runs in four matches, but he was in top form once again.
“It is always frustrating that you are out there but it’s brilliant to be out there again,” said the right-arm spinner.
“You get frustrated with the World Cup but now I’ve proved I can do it again. I enjoy bowling at Lord’s, it’s a fantastic venue. The pitch was up to me and I was always hopeful of getting some wickets.”
‘Huge, historic result’
England won for the first time in the World Cup since 1993, and needed a result in this game to keep their chances of advancing from the group stages alive.
Australia have now suffered heavy defeats in two of their three World Cup games at Lord’s, having been bowled out for 186 by India and then 82 all out by Afghanistan.
O’Brien said: “It’s a wonderful result for England who are a fantastic side.
“India and Pakistan will be extremely happy and Australia will be hurting after a heavy defeat. But England are still in a good position and they can approach the next game [against Bangladesh on Friday] with a very positive mindset.”
And their captain Morgan, who was back in the middle following an illness that had kept him out of the team since the second World Cup match, said: “This was a huge, historic result.
“It is rare that you get that sort of support in England, so to be able to go out there to a packed Lord’s and a full crowd shows the passion, determination and commitment in England cricket.
“But to win a World Cup game and get a great result is the icing on the cake. We will reflect now and build and perform again against Bangladesh. If you don’t perform well that is always going to happen.”
Analysis – ‘England will enjoy themselves’
Former England captain Michael Vaughan on Test Match Special: “I saw a lot of extroverted, confident England. This is going to lighten the load a bit on Morgan. His performance has been phenomenal. He is the epitome of confidence. You couldn’t argue with the way he batted.”
Mark Wood on TMS: “It has been a long time coming. There are highs and lows, but it is now all about looking forward to the quarter-finals.”
‘Everything needs to be in place’
Australia coach Justin Langer: “We were in for a huge battle and we expected a very good batting performance on a great pitch.
“England started fast, we let them get too far ahead of us in the first innings and then the pitch didn’t help us with the ball as it was turning.
“Every batter struggled with their shots – and we put ourselves in a position where it became a bit more difficult.
“We missed opportunities but there are so many positives. Our batsmen batted with bravery and went with their gut feel and gut instinct. They showed big-match experience and played it right.
“There is a lot of work to do and we have missed a lot of opportunities. Some of our bowling was soft and we just need to tighten up, but there is still a lot of great competition to be played out.”
Pace bowler Pat Cummins: “England played better, and we gave up too many cheap wickets. When things weren’t going so well, we gave them too many cheap opportunities to capitalise.