Rain ruins World Cup clash between Australia and England

The T20 World Cup clash between champions Australia and England was halted on Friday without a ball being bowled due to rain, putting both teams’ hopes in the semi-finals on the line and fans disappointed at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

With the Ireland-Afghanistan match also washed away at the venue earlier, England came out of a miserable day second in Group 1 between a four-team blockade on three points. New Zealand, game in hand, leads the group at run-rate ahead of third-placed Ireland and fourth-seeded Australia, but the Black Caps can take back the top spot with a win over Sri Lanka in Sydney on Saturday.

The much anticipated match between Australia and England has been canceled due to rain 🌧️#T20WorldCup | #AUSvENG | pic.twitter.com/BUPndtV0zU

— T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) October 28, 2022

With the top two teams advancing to the semi-finals, no one from England, Australia or Ireland can afford to lose another match in a tournament in which four of the 14 Super 12 matches so far have been lost to rain and others disrupted . I’ve had a drowning man in the last few weeks, as wet as I’ve ever seen it,” said Australian Captain Aaron Finch, a Melbourne resident.

“Disappointing not to progress, but just the amount of rain over the past few weeks is amazing.” England captain Jos Buttler said the surface was unfit to play on and the right decision had been made. “Any bowler who would have bowled if you had played would have worried you,” he told reporters. Australia will meet Ireland in Brisbane on Monday, followed by Afghanistan four days later.

Australian coach Andrew McDonald confirmed that wicketkeeper Matthew Wade would have played against England despite testing positive for COVID-19. Spinner Adam Zampa, who missed Australia’s win against Sri Lanka, had made a full recovery, he added. England face a crunch match against New Zealand in Brisbane on Tuesday, a repeat of the 50-over World Cup final in 2019.

England-Australia toss delayed due to rain ☔#T20WorldCup #ENGvAUS ​​pic.twitter.com/lLvI7dLsGJ

— T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) October 28, 2022

England won the dramatic 2019 final at Lord’s due to a technicality after the game was tied and the teams could not be split after a Super Over. “It will do well to make that happen,” Buttler said.

“Every match is pretty much a must-win.” It was a brutal day for lowest-ranking Afghanistan, which had already lost a Super 12 match against New Zealand in the MCG on Wednesday. It was not lost to their coach Jonathan Trott that the covered Docklands stadium on the other side of town may have been seen as an alternative to the MCG as it often hosts T20 matches in the domestic Big Bash League.

“So we could have had a lot of cricket,” said the former England batsman. “But that’s the way it is. That makes tournaments unpredictable.”

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