Down a bowler, Australia’s attack put in a superb performance in Perth to take the first Test against New Zealand with a 296-run win.
One of the oldest rivalries in sport gets underway once more tonight, with Australia tackling tournament favourites and hosts England at the Cricket World Cup.
Heading into the tournament, the English looked to be the warm favourites to take out the crown, while Australia looked to be a hit-and-miss prospect for the semi-finals. Instead, however, both sides have found themselves in opposite positions – and that makes this match so much spicier.
Australia are second on the table, while shock losses to Pakistan and Sri Lanka now have England in a very precarious position, needing two wins from their final three matches – Australia, India and New Zealand – to guarantee a spot in the knockout stage.
So, are England a vulnerable target ripe for the picking? Or a dangerous cornered beast Australia would rather avoid?
We got travelling Roar cricket expert Geoff Lemon on the Game of Codes podcast – all the way from England – to preview what could arguably be the match of the tournament.
Listen to the discussion: