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Cricket World Cup matchday 22 – Australia eye top spot

Aaron Finch’s men are behind England in third place after four wins from their first five games

Australia captain Aaron Finch shares the highest score at the World Cup with England’s Jason Roy (Adam Davy/PA)
Australia captain Aaron Finch shares the highest score at the World Cup with England’s Jason Roy (Adam Davy/PA)

Australia will bid to go top of the World Cup table when they take on Bangladesh at Trent Bridge.

New Zealand lead the way after their thrilling four-wicket win against South Africa on Wednesday, but Australia are in a healthy position – behind England in third place – after four wins from their first five games.

Bangladesh though have hopes of a top-four finish themselves after securing their second tournament win by beating the West Indies in their last match.

One to watch

Shakib Al Hasan is the number one all-rounder in the ICC rankings and in prime form. The 32-year-old Bangladesh star is the World Cup’s top scorer with his 384-run haul including centuries against England and the West Indies. His controlled left-arm spin bowling and superb fielding also adds to Bangladesh’s armoury and Australia know they must limit his impact on events.

World Cup snapshot

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New Zealand captain Kane Williamson celebrates his match-winning century against South Africa (Tim Goode/PA)

Tournament tracker

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(PA Graphic)

Quote of the day

I feel emotional to announce that I will no longer be a part of #CWC19. India's Shikhar Dhawan on his World Cup injury KO

Stat attack

It was a red-letter day for South Africa batsman Hashim Amla.

Kane-ing the attack

Kane Williamson played an array of shots around the wicket in his wonderful 106 not out. But the pick of the bunch was a majestic on-drive off Chris Morris which flew to the boundary.

What’s next?

Thursday, June 20: Australia v Bangladesh, Trent Bridge

Table

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