England vs Australia, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Skipper Aaron Finch backs watchful David Warner, says pitches 'demanded respect'

"People are saying it's not the Warner of old, but the wickets we've got in this tournament have demanded respect. He looked at his best today," Finch said after the match.

Press Trust of India, Jun 26, 2019 08:55:40 IST

David Warner may not have been his usual self in some of Australia's World Cup games despite leading the run chart, but skipper Aaron Finch Tuesday backed his opening partner, saying the pitches used "demanded respect".

England vs Australia, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Skipper Aaron Finch backs watchful David Warner, says pitches demanded respect

Aaron Finch led from the front with a ton against England. AP

Finch (100) and Warner (53) added yet another century stand to lay the foundation for Australia's 64-run victory over arch-rivals England at the Lord's and become the first team to reach the semifinals.

"People are saying it's not the Warner of old, but the wickets we've got in this tournament have demanded respect. He looked at his best today," Finch said at the presentation ceremony.

"There's plenty to suggest that the way to go about it is the right way to do it. You're looking to be positive, but he got us off to a good start. We're confident with what we've got, and we've won five World Cups in our history."

On reaching the last four, Finch said, "That's the first part ticked off, which is a really nice feeling. I think England are a stand-out side who can take you apart with ball and bat quite quickly. It was nice that we found ways to keep getting wickets."

He was full of praise for his bowlers, especially Jason Behrendorff (5/43), who was ably supported by Mitchell Starc (4/44).
"Behrendorff bowled beautifully, we've you've got a guy who can swing the ball back down the line to the right-handers, that's an asset.

England skipper Eoin Morgan admitted they were outclassed.

"I thought a lot of today we were outplayed, Australia played and missed a lot and built a good partnership, and us losing early wickets wasn't ideal," Morgan said.

"The wicket was soft when we started, batting would have been a horrific decision. They dominated until the 25th but to restrict them to 280 was a good effort.

"But to be 20 for 3 pegs us bad considerably. Given the circumstances it's not hugely disappointed, our fate is in our own hands."

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Updated Date: Jun 26, 2019 08:55:40 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254