Cricket World Cup matchday 22 – Australia eye top spot

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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

England v Bangladesh – ICC Cricket World Cup – Group Stage – Cardiff Wales Stadium

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

New Zealand v South Africa – ICC Cricket World Cup – Group Stage – Edgbaston
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson celebrates his match-winning century against South Africa (Tim Goode/PA)

Tournament tracker

(Pa Graphic)
(PA Graphic)

Quote of the day

Stat attack

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

Kane-ing the attack

New Zealand v South Africa – ICC Cricket World Cup – Group Stage – Edgbaston

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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(PA Graphic)

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