Starc sees plenty of positives after five-wicket haul

Mae Harvey
June 9, 2019

They ran through the "Universe Boss" but now Australia's bowlers must find a way to stop more than just the world's best batsman in Sunday's World Cup clash with India.

Awaiting them Thursday is a West Indies team which seems intent on rolling back the years at the Cricket World Cup, with an aggressive pace attack looking to rough up opposition batsmen with short-pitch bowling - just like in the glory days of the 1970s and '80s. He surpassed Trevor Laughlin's 74 against England in Sydney, Australia in 1979.

On 61, Man-of-the-Match Nathan Coulter-Nile (92 off 60), also benefited from a life, Shimron Hetmyer failing to hold on at deep midwicket. The pair got together in the 31st over with the score on 147-6 and then brought up the hundred plus partnership in 88 balls to take the score to 247-7.

Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa has received an official reprimand and one demerit point for breaching the International Cricket Council (ICC)'s code of conduct during the World Cup match against West Indies.

"They are being intimidated which means they are weak".

In a game dotted with umpiring errors reversed by the Decision Review System (DRS), Windies opener Chris Gayle was unlucky to be adjudged lbw when he should have had a free-hit after Starc had overstepped in the previous delivery. In the cauldron of the death, Starc's final two overs yielded just two runs while claiming three wickets. Fans also posted comments such as: "Twice for Gayle, twice for Holder".

"Every time we get hit on our pad the finger goes up, when we hit the opposition on their pad the finger stays down", Brathwaite said.

The mood of the Caribbean side was not helped when standing umpire Chris Gaffaney missed a Mitchell Starc no-ball the delivery before the left-arm quick dismissed Gayle for 21.

The 65-year-old Jamaican added Gaffaney and Palliyaguruge had caved into pressure created by prolonged Australia appeals.

West Indies with one win and one defeat, will take on South Africa next Monday at 9.30pm.

"A fantastic game of cricket today", he added.

In the face of Australia's own brand of aggression, Hope's 68 was patient and Nicolas Pooran's 40 laced with class.

With his foot on Australia's neck and Cottrell and Thomas baying for blood, Holder called off the dogs and, in over #7, gave the ball to Andre Russell, which is understandable, and to Carlos Brathwaite in over #10, which utterly defies explanation.

"When teams have left- and right-hand combinations, they have always got somebody able to target that boundary so that's something that will be taken into account no doubt", said Finch, one of the bigger hitters in the Australia side.

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