Spinner Adam Zampa has clinched a special piece of history to help Australia seal a fifth straight win at the Cricket World Cup and officially end England's tame defence of the title. Zampa starred with the ball after the Aussies were sent in to bat and made 286 runs, with the spinner claiming 3-21 to help bowl the English out for 253.
The 33-run loss was another disastrous result for Jos Buttler's England side, who sit bottom of the table with just one win from seven matches in what can only be described as a disastrous defence of their first ODI World Cup title. Marnus Labuschagne (71) set up Australia's innings with a classy half century, while Cameron Green (47), Marcus Stoinis (35) and Zampa (29) also chipped in with handy contributions with the bat.
However, it was Zampa's economical showing with the ball that helped stifle England's run chase, with Ben Stokes (64) the pick of his side's batters. When Zampa removed England's danger man and also grabbed the crucial scalps of Buttler (1) and Moeen Ali (42), England's chase was as good as done.
Tailenders Chris Woakes (32) and Adil Rashid (20) provided a few tense moments but never seriously threatened to pull off an unlikely win, with England's fifth-consecutive defeat ending their hopes and leaving Buttler's men in danger of missing qualification for the Champions Trophy. England fans were quick to condemn the side's woeful defence of their World Cup crown.
The 50 over World Cup has been going since 1975, and I would think that England's shambolic performance in this latest competition has to be their very worst by a long long way.
Time for a factory rest of all resets!
A national embarrassment!
— Dan Redford (@danredford70) November 4, 2023
— Andy Helliwell (@andy_general) November 4, 2023
Not sure how Buttler’s captaincy survives this - whether that’s fair or not. Strong case for this being England’s most disastrous World Cup campaign - particularly given the players at their disposal. Been an absolute shambles from the get-go #ENGvAUS
— Tim Clarke (@TJClarke_) November 4, 2023
Whole tournament been a Shambles for England
— Ian Ling (@Regularhero) November 4, 2023
— Tom (@_tomathene98_) November 4, 2023
Adam Zampa into the World Cup record books
Zampa's three scalps saw the Aussie spinner claim man-of-the-match honours and become the first man in ODI World Cup history to take at least three wickets in five consecutive matches. Third-placed Australia are now a game clear of Pakistan and New Zealand with a match in hand, meaning they only need to win one of their remaining matches against Afghanistan and Bangladesh to secure a semi-final spot.
The Aussies will no doubt be desperate to finish second or third in the group standings so they avoid playing red-hot India in the last-four. "I feel like every game we've just improved a little bit," Australia captain Pat Cummins said after the match. "The good thing is, every game there's different matchwinners and it feels like it's all coming together."
Australia made the perfect start in the field, with Mitchell Starc dismissing Jonny Bairstow with the first ball of the innings. A clever review instigated by Labushagne led to Joe Root departing for 13 and left England reeling at 2-19. Stokes, Malan (50) and Ali gave England a chance but Zampa was brilliant, even as dew set in, to remain the leading wicket-taker (19) in the tournament.
Marnus Labuschagne stars with the bat for Australia
Labuschagne had earlier put together his best score at the tournament with a patient 71 from 83 balls to guide the Aussies towards a respectable total. England's Ashes star Chris Woakes fired with the ball, taking 4-54.
Labuschange and Steve Smith (44) steadied the innings after openers David Warner (15) and Travis Head (11) departed early, having both come off centuries against New Zealand. Zampa provided some valuable and unexpected runs when Australia slumped to 8-247, blasting 29 from 19 balls.
"He's a match-winner," Cummins said of Zampa. "We're lucky to have a few of them but 'Zamps' in particular, to use him through the middle (overs) you always feel like you're close to a wicket ... he was at his best tonight."
Mitchell Marsh is expected to arrive back in India next week and should be available for Australia's remaining games after flying back home to be with family after the death of his grandfather.
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