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Preamble

Hello everybody and welcome to match 14 of the 2019 Cricket World Cup – and it’s a corker – India versus Australia from The Oval.

Both perennial contenders arrive in south London undefeated during this early phase of the tournament for what is perhaps our first glimpse yet of a head-to-head contest that may repeat in the knockout phase. Still an age away from the business end of this competition neither side will want to cede the psychological advantage.

India are still feeling their way having taken their opening bow much later than their rivals and they have a score to settle with Australia having suffered three consecutive ODI defeats on home soil to the defending champions in preparation for this World Cup.

Those Australian victories have proven the catalyst for a remarkable turnaround in form. A miserable record of eight wins in 33 ODIs and confusion over selection and strategy has been replaced by ten wins on the spin, accompanied by big names back in the side and bang in form. It’s the Australian cricket team at a World Cup, would you expect anything less?

The highlights of this tournament will be the big hits and massive scores but beneath those gaudy figures it remains the bowlers who will determine many results. Even if the numbers don’t look pretty at first glance, once we acclimatise to this brave new world a semblance of order will appear. Today for example the gloriously free-scoring Oval may well host all manner of eye-watering records but the duel between Jasprit Bumrah and Mitchell Starc may well prove decisive. Both pacemen take wickets early and often and both are a slogger’s nightmare at the death.

Anyhow, with play to begin in about an hour (10.30am local / 7.30pm AET) there’s plenty more time to consider what’s ahead of us.

As always, if you want to join in – and I encourage you to do so – please send me an email or a tweet at your convenience.




Can Australia cope with Jasprit Bumrah’s hostility?

Can Australia cope with Jasprit Bumrah’s hostility? Photograph: Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP/Getty Images



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