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Australia v England: Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final – live!

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12.48pm BST 30th over: Australia 130-5 (Smith 59, Maxwell 3) Rashid bowls and it’s edged! Suddenly the leg-spinner is whirring down pure terror. Maxwell’s edge goes low and grounded past slip for a couple, then there’s a similar shot for a single.“An inspired piece of captaincy there, making that switch,” writes Robin Hazlehurst. “Rob was obviously flagging a little after that great start to the innings, but you get brought on and immediately a double breakthrough. Obviously makes sense to keep you on for now, but I wonder if the skipper should consider giving a couple of overs to someone from left field to break this partnership if it looks dangerous. Emma John, say? Any idea what the strategy will be in the second innings?” 12.44pm BST 29th over: Australia 127-5 (Smith 58, Maxwell 1) Smith takes a brace then a single. Hearts in mouths for Maxwell fans the world over, but he eases early fears by taking a sober and sensible single off his pads from Stokes. On strike, Steve Smith decides to up the tempo himself with a glorious cover drive for four.
Rob Smyth has just sent me through a Yellow Warning from the Met Office, which sounds dire.
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Publish date : 2019-07-11 11:48:47

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