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 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
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
8,000 - Hashim Amla has become the 4th @OfficialCSA player to reach 8,000 men's ODI runs (Kallis, de Villiers and Gibbs); he's the 2nd fastest player (176 inns) from any side to reach the milestone after @imVkohli (175 inns). Protea. #cwc19 #NZvSA pic.twitter.com/fKOkz76Nuu— OptaJim (@OptaJim) June 19, 2019
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.
Thursday, June 20: Australia v Bangladesh, Trent Bridge