India all-rounder Vijay Shankar's Cricket World Cup has come to a premature end after he suffered a toe injury, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has confirmed.

Shankar sustained a fracture to the big toe on his left foot during a practice session last month and missed Sunday's defeat to England, with Mayank Agarwal now drafted in as his replacement.

India – whose 31-run loss to the hosts delayed their likely qualification for the semi-finals – are next in action against Bangladesh on Tuesday, although Agarwal is not expected to fly to England until later in the week.

The 28-year-old opening batsman is uncapped in limited-overs internationals but did make his Test debut on Boxing Day last year against Australia, scoring 76 and 42 at the top of the innings as India triumphed by 137 runs in Melbourne.

Agarwal backed this up with another half-century in the drawn fourth Test at Sydney, where the tourists closed out a 2-1 series win.

After facing Bangladesh in Birmingham, Virat Kohli's side meet Sri Lanka at Headingley in their final group game.

England batsman Jonny Bairstow said he was "misinterpreted" after comments he made in an interview drew an angry reaction from Michael Vaughan.

Vaughan, who led England to a breakthrough Ashes triumph in 2005 and played 82 Tests for his country, claimed comments from Bairstow were an indication of the team's "negative, pathetic" mindset.

Bairstow attracted Vaughan's ire after being quoted as saying: "People were waiting for us to fail. They are not willing us on to win ... it's a typical English thing to do, in every sport."

But after making a century in England's 31-run win over India on Sunday that kept his side's Cricket World Cup hopes alive, Bairstow said it was a pleasant end to a difficult week.

"Yeah, it was actually [difficult], yeah," Bairstow told reporters.

"In the week it was a fantastic day with Yorkshire Tea representing National Cricket Week. It was a brilliant morning at a school. Then all of a sudden...we had a really good round the table interview and quotes get sent out and misinterpreted in so many ways.

"At no point have I ever said that the public is not behind us.

"The interview was taking place with six, eight, 10 journalists around and it was in a very jovial, relaxed manner. And then obviously to read the things and how it was taken was very disappointing. But that's part and parcel of it.

"There's nothing you can change about the things that were the past. Yesterday's news is today's fish and chips paper, that's [how] the saying goes, isn't it?"

Bairstow, who said that he "was pleased with my form", added that it was enjoyable to resume his opening partnership with Jason Roy.

Roy had been sidelined for three successive matches with a hamstring problem, England losing two of them.

The pair survived a tricky opening period against India before adding 160 runs for the first wicket inside 23 overs, a partnership that set up England's important victory.

"Obviously with the opening stand we put on, you're obviously really pleased to spend that time out in the middle," Bairstow added.

"He has obviously been frustrated with the setback that he has had with his hamstring. Hopefully he is going to be okay with the knock he took on his arm. We'll wait and see about that.

"I think you saw with the way he went out and played and how relaxed he could see that from that first boundary that he hit through the covers. He's in good touch as it is and it was great to be back [with him]."

The battle for semi-final berths at the Cricket World Cup will go down to the wire in a thrilling final week full of permutations and possibilities.

Defending champions Australia are the only nation who have secured their spot in the last four, while only a crazy set of results would prevent India from joining them in the knockout stages.

But the battle between New Zealand, England, Pakistan and Bangladesh for the last two semi-final places is well and truly alive, Eoin Morgan's side breathing life into their campaign with a 31-run win over India on Sunday.

England's fluctuating form has been the subject of much debate across the cricket world and they need to beat third-placed New Zealand to guarantee their progression in the tournament. If England lose, they will rely on Bangladesh beating Pakistan on Friday.

New Zealand could still miss the top four, if they lose to England and other results go against them, while Bangladesh need to win both fixtures - against India and Pakistan - to stay alive.


Monday 1 July: Sri Lanka v West Indies (The Riverside) - 1030 BST start

Tuesday 2 July: Bangladesh v India (Edgbaston) - 1030

Wednesday 3 July: England v New Zealand (The Riverside) - 1030

Thursday 4 July: Afghanistan v West Indies (Headingley) - 1030

Friday 5 July: Bangladesh v Pakistan (Lord's) - 1030

Saturday 6 July: Sri Lanka v India (Headingley) – 1030, Australia v South Africa (Old Trafford) - 1330



Having produced in what was essentially a must-win game against India, all eyes will be on pre-tournament favourites England on Wednesday.

The stakes will again be very high and New Zealand have recent history on their side, having won their past five World Cup meetings against England.

The Black Caps demolished England by eight wickets with more than 37 overs remaining at the 2015 World Cup. England will need Jonny Bairstow to fire again with the bat against an impressive New Zealand attack.


1.  Australia - 14pts from 8 games, Net Run Rate +1.000
2.  India - 11pts from 7 games, NRR +0.854
3.  New Zealand - 11pts from 8 games, NRR +0.572
4.  England - 10pts from 8 games, NRR +1.000
5.  Pakistan - 9pts from 8 games, NRR -0.792
6.  Bangladesh - 7pts from 7 games, NRR -0.133
7.  Sri Lanka - 6pts from 7 games, NRR -1.186
8.  South Africa - 5pts from 8 games, NRR -0.080
9.  West Indies - 3pts from 7 games, NRR -0.320
10. Afghanistan - 0pts from 8 games, NRR -1.418


1: David Warner (Aus) - 516
2: Aaron Finch (Aus) - 504
=3: Shakib Al Hasan (Ban), Joe Root (Eng) - 476


1: Mitchell Starc (Aus) - 24
2: Lockie Ferguson (NZ) - 17
=3: Mohammad Amir (Pak), Jofra Archer (Eng) - 16

In the lead-up to the Cricket World Cup, the inescapable narrative surrounded the newest member of the England squad, Jofra Archer, whose electric performances in the T20 game had seen eligibility rules changed to allow him to be fast-tracked into the team.

Though the depth of England's team was the main reason many earmarked them as favourites for the tournament, it was Archer who was viewed as the final piece of the puzzle, and was therefore the subject of the most substantial hype.

Despite being an established one-day player and a key factor in England's rise to the top of the ICC ODI rankings, you would have struggled to find many fans abuzz about Chris Woakes' potential impact.

Yet, with England's backs firmly against the wall in a must-win match on the heels of a shock defeat to Sri Lanka and a crushing loss to Australia, it was Woakes who played a starring role for the attack as they restricted one of the world's best batting sides to 306 on a pitch set up perfectly for big scoring.

England's 31-run triumph was one for which the entire team deserves great credit. Jonny Bairstow (111), Jason Roy (66) and Ben Stokes (79), laid a superb platform as England put on 337, and the bowlers set the tone early and swiftly put India on the back foot, with the hosts fielding like a side who knew defeat was not an option.

However, after successive games where England magic has been in short supply, at Edgbaston it was Warwickshire's very own wizard who produced the majority of it to turn the tide firmly in their favour.

He removed KL Rahul caught and bowled for a duck in the third over, that dismissal the highlight as each of his first three overs ended in maidens.

That spell saw Woakes become the first England player to bowl three consectuive maidens in an ODI since 2003 and formed part of an opening powerplay in which they throttled India, who scored only 28 runs in those 10 overs.

Virat Kohli (66) and Rohit Sharma (102) predictably led a riposte and, much to the delight of the huge contingent of India fans that took over Edgbaston, looked increasingly assured as they did so.

Rather than being Archer who dislodged them it was first Liam Plunkett, who was slashed to James Vince by Kohli, and then Woakes who made sure the pair would not be at the crease to guide India home, celebrations of a brilliantly crafted Rohit century short-lived as he edged an off-cutter behind.

Shorn of each of their talismen, India needed their chase to find renewed purpose and it looked as though Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya might provide it, the latter smacking Woakes for three fours in the 39th over.

It would have been fair to expect an England side Eoin Morgan conceded may have had their confidence knocked by back-to-back defeats to crumble. Instead Woakes delivered what proved the knockout blow in spectacular fashion, diving to his left on the run at the square leg boundary to claim an incredible catch that made Pant Plunkett's second victim of three.

Even with living legend MS Dhoni at the crease, India faded thereafter in the face of a rapidly rising required run rate, leaving England to celebrate staying in the semi-final hunt and Morgan to laud the influence of his often unheralded all-rounder.

"I mention this all the time, when Woakes does well, he's a guy that goes unnoticed a lot of the time, but he's an extremely valuable player to us, great asset," Morgan said. 

"Particularly in the first 10 overs, I know the pitches haven't been that rewarding this time, but he's been extremely disciplined today and rewarded well."

Rewarded and maybe unnoticed no longer. Even prior to his heroics, Woakes' profile had received a boost, with a flag dedicated to him flying in front of the pyramid stage at Glastonbury on Sunday, and his fanbase is sure to grow after he kept England firmly in contention for a first 50-over world title.

Woakes may not be a headline act in the eyes of many but, as he proved in England's hour of need, he is more than capable of delivering a memorable main-stage performance.

Ryan Harris has hailed Aaron Finch's "outstanding" captaincy and believes Ricky Ponting helped the in-form Australia captain to "flick the switch" at the Cricket World Cup.

Finch was under pressure as he struggled due to a lack of runs against India at the start of this year, on the back of being axed from the Test side.

The opener showed his class in an ODI series whitewash of Pakistan in March and has lit up the World Cup, blasting two hundreds and three half-centuries at the top of the order for the holders in England.

Only opening partner David Warner has more than Finch's tally of 504 runs in the tournament, laying the foundations and leading his side superbly to the semi-finals with seven wins out of eight.

The defending champions are top with one group game remaining against South Africa and former Australia paceman Harris says the skipper should take huge credit.

Harris told Omnisport: "He's been pretty impressive for a while now. He's been through some pretty average times, form-wise, but you would not have known it.

"The way he has led the side has been outstanding, through good or bad he's able to do it very well.

"There were people calling for his head when he wasn't making a lot of runs against India and he's done a bit of work, flicked the switch and look where he is now - it's just amazing.

"He's done work with [Australia assistant coach] Ricky Ponting and it's great to see him get the rewards for what he has done and his captaincy has also been outstanding."

Harris also praised paceman Mitchell Starc, the leading wicket-taker in the competition with 24 dismissals after claiming outstanding figures of 5-26 in an 86-run drubbing of New Zealand at Lord's on Saturday.

"Starcy has copped a fair bit of criticism, about him not being able to do what he used to be able to do with a white ball, and he's answered that so well," Harris added.


Sri Lanka cannot reach the Cricket World Cup semi-finals after England's win over India left them unable to finish in the top four.

England moved up to fourth and onto 10 points with a 31-run victory over India at Edgbaston on Sunday – a first loss of the competition for Virat Kohli's men.

Sri Lanka could match the hosts' tally by triumphing in their last two games against West Indies and India but would remain below them due to an inferior number of wins, which is the first tie-breaker used to separate teams.

South Africa, West Indies and Afghanistan had already been eliminated, with leaders Australia the only team assured of a semi-final berth.

England's defeat of India was also bad news for Pakistan, who slipped to fifth and only have Bangladesh still to play.

Sarfraz Ahmed's side have nine points and wrap up their campaign at Lord's on Friday.

Eoin Morgan was delighted to see his batting line-up play aggressively against India's spinners as England kept their Cricket World Cup semi-final hopes in their own hands with a 31-run win at Edgbaston.

Jonny Bairstow responded to a difficult week that saw him come in for criticism from former England captain Michael Vaughan with a brilliant century and a 160-run opening stand with the fit-again Jason Roy.

Yuzvendra Chahal (0-88) and Kuldeep Yadav (1-72) particularly toiled on a batsman-friendly pitch in Birmingham and captain Morgan praised his side for playing an attacking brand of cricket.

"Jason Roy coming back in, him and Jonny Bairstow up the top, Jonny going and getting a hundred - that was magnificent to watch," he said at the post-match presentation.

"I think probably the continuation of partnerships right throughout took us to a quite formidable total.

"I think that [taking on the spinners] was probably the winning and losing of the game, from 10 to 20 overs we got 90-95 runs, which is quite substantial early.

"It lays a huge platform for the way we want to play. The two main spinners for India being taken on is great to see. That's the way we want to play our cricket."

England will be sure of a semi-final place by beating New Zealand in their final group game, but Morgan warned his team to avoid a complacent attitude.

"There's absolutely no easy game in this tournament. [The] game between Pakistan and Afghanistan proved that," he said.

"Every game in this World Cup has been extremely tough for everybody and I think it'll continue to be."

Man of the match Bairstow was left to reflect on a week in which he suggested people were waiting for England to fail, leading Vaughan to question his mentality.

"I think it's been frustrating a little bit for the guys. We know how well we can play," he said.

"We were pretty good bat, ball and in the field and I think that there's still things we can improve on going forward to New Zealand next week."

Rohit Sharma made a century and Virat Kohli 66 in their stand of 138, but ultimately India's scoring was too slow to chase down a target of 338.

Captain Kohli disputed that England's score was only just above par and felt India did well to reel in their opponents, with Mohammed Shami claiming a five-for.

"I thought they were going to get 360 at one stage. I think we did well to pull them back," he said.

"In the end 10 to 15 [fewer runs] would have been better because we had them under pressure at the 40-over mark, but Ben [Stokes] played a very good innings as well.

"You have to accept it, take it in your stride and accept the opposition played better than you on the day and they were just more clinical in terms of their execution with their plan." 

Jonny Bairstow's excellent century helped ensure England's Cricket World Cup semi-final destiny remained in their own hands as they overpowered previously unbeaten India by 31 runs at Edgbaston.

A tumultuous week for opener Bairstow (111) in which he found himself at the centre of a spat with ex-captain Michael Vaughan ended with a maiden World Cup hundred as England posted 337-7.

Bairstow whacked six maximums and 10 fours in a fine 109-ball knock before slashing the excellent Mohammed Shami to deep point.

The fit-again Jason Roy was aggressive at the top of the order with his 66 – ended only by a stunning catch on the run from sub fielder Ravindra Jadeja – helping England open with a 160-run stand, the highest made against India at a World Cup.

Ben Stokes added an excellent 79 – his third straight half-century – with three sixes and six fours to boost England, but Shami's wonderful 5-69 on a batsman friendly pitch in Birmingham kept the score from running into the 400s.

Rohit Sharma was put down at slip by Joe Root and made England pay with this third century of the tournament, while Kohli made 66 in an excellent century stand.

But Chris Woakes (2-58) and Liam Plunkett (3-55) displayed their worth to England with star turns with the ball, as India – who are still all but assured of a last-four place – paid the price for sedate scoring at the start of their reply.

England return to fourth in the table and know victory over New Zealand at The Riverside on Wednesday will clinch a semi-final spot.


Bairstow's comments this week saying people were waiting for England to fail led Vaughan slamming his mindset as "negative and pathetic".

But Vaughan tweeted to say "that's the way to do it" after Bairstow anchored England's innings and he celebrated his century with an understated raise of the bat and thumbs up to the camera.

Roy, who missed the last three games due to a hamstring injury, also showed what Eoin Morgan's men have been missing at the top of the order, although India should have reviewed when he gloved behind on 21.



Shami stemmed England's momentum in the middle of their innings, adding Morgan, Root, Jos Buttler and Woakes to his list of victims after snaring Bairstow.

Rohit made the most of Root's gaffe with some crisp batting, finding the boundary 15 times from 109 deliveries.

But the superb Woakes – who had earlier caught and bowled KL Rahul – tempted Rohit to edge one behind after Kohli's knock was ended by Plunkett.

Woakes then took a wonderful catch on the run at the square-leg boundary to see off the big-hitting Rishabh Pant (32) off Plunkett, who also claimed the scalp of the dangerous-looking Hardik Pandya (45).

Sri Lanka must beat West Indies at Chester-le-Street on Monday to keep their slim hopes of reaching the Cricket World Cup semi-finals alive.

A 125-run drubbing against India at Old Trafford on Thursday guaranteed the Windies will not feature in the last four.

Sri Lanka are unlikely to qualify, but they will still be just about alive if they defeat Jason Holder's men at the Riverside.

Dimuth Karunaratne's side went down by nine wickets in their clash with South Africa at the same venue on Friday, paying the price for a poor effort with the bat.

Seamer Kasun Rajitha has been added to Sri Lanka's squad with two group games remaining after Nuwan Pradeep was ruled out with chickenpox.

The Windies crumbled to only 143 in their encounter with Virat Kohli's side to bow out with a whimper.


Sri Lanka suffered a 10-wicket thrashing at the hands of New Zealand in their first game of the tournament and have lost three times, but claimed a surprise win over England after seeing off Afghanistan.

The Windies' crushing seven-wicket win over Pakistan proved to be a false dawn and a heavy defeat to India in Manchester was their fifth of the World Cup, knocking them out.



Sri Lanka captain Karunaratne: "I think the batting is the main problem. We couldn't get a hundred. If you want to compete with the good sides, you have definitely got to have a good batting line-up and you have to put runs on the board, so I think in this World Cup, the major issue is the batting line-up."

West Indies head coach Floyd Reifer: "Yes, we are out of the World Cup, but there is still a lot of cricket to play after the World Cup. It's important for us to, you know, find the winning ways and find the winning formula going forward, so it is important for us to play this game as hard as possible."



- Sri Lanka have won five of their last six ODI clashes against West Indies, including a nail-biting one-run victory in their last meeting in November 2016.

- Sheldon Cottrell will be the only player featuring in this fixture to have taken 10 or more wickets in the competition and the paceman will be facing Sri Lanka for the first time.

- West Indies have lost their last five ODIs. The last time they lost more was an eight-game streak in their final eight matches in 2017.

Jonny Bairstow scored his first Cricket World Cup century as England left India needing a record ODI chase at Edgbaston to win a crucial encounter.

Criticised as having a "negative, pathetic mindset" by former captain Michael Vaughan after his claims people had been waiting for England to fail, Bairstow responded in magnificent fashion as the tournament hosts posted 337-7 on Sunday.

Bairstow clubbed 10 fours and six sixes for his 111 before falling to Mohammed Shami, having put on 160 for the first wicket alongside the returning Jason Roy, who was fortunate when India opted not to review when he had gloved behind and went on to make a lively 66 from 57 balls.

India responded well after that opening salvo and, led by Shami's 5-69, prevented England from threatening 400 on a good batting pitch, though Ben Stokes (79 off 54) ensured their target was an imposing one.

And, with Australia's successful chase of 278 in 1993 against England still representing the highest at this ground, the hosts will have high hopes of ensuring India do not deal their semi-final hopes a potentially fatal blow.

Jonny Bairstow answered his critics with a century for England in their Cricket World Cup match with India, who saw KL Rahul forced from the field through injury.

Bairstow attracted criticism in the week leading up to the crucial Edgbaston clash for saying people were waiting for England to fail, the hosts having suffered successive damaging defeats to Sri Lanka and Australia.

Former captain Michael Vaughan slammed his mindset as "negative and pathetic" following those remarks but Bairstow was nothing but positive as he and Jason Roy got England off to a fantastic start.

They piled on 160 for the first wicket and, shortly after the returning Roy fell to Kuldeep Yadav, Bairstow reached his first World Cup hundred from 90 balls.

Bairstow was eventually caught at deep point off Mohammed Shami for 111, leaving England 205-2 after 31.4 overs and set for a substantial total on a wonderful batting pitch.

Rahul had earlier taken a tumble trying to catch a Bairstow shot that narrowly cleared the rope at long-on in the 16th over.

The fall left him limping heavily and he left the field at the end of the over, adding to India's pain

However, his replacement Ravindra Jadeja broke the stunning opening stand with an outstanding catch to dismiss Roy.

Jadeja dived brilliantly low to his left at long-on as Roy attempted to cart Kuldeep - playing in his 50th ODI - down the ground, but there will be concern over the fitness of Rahul as India look set to chase a massive total.

Jason Roy handed England a huge boost by returning for their crucial Cricket World Cup clash with India at Edgbaston.

Roy missed England's previous two games with Sri Lanka and Australia because of a hamstring tear, the tournament hosts suffering an ill-timed slump in his absence.

Yet the opener was thrown back into the fray and had the chance to prove his worth immediately as Eoin Morgan won the toss and opted to bat first in Birmingham on Sunday, in what was a must-win game after England slipped out of the semi-final places due to Pakistan's victory over Afghanistan.

Liam Plunkett was also recalled by England, replacing all-rounder Moeen Ali, who was criticised for his soft dismissal in the shock loss to Sri Lanka. Jofra Archer was passed fit despite struggling with a side strain recently.

India, meanwhile, made one change to a side that has yet to lose in this tournament, with Rishabh Pant replacing Vijay Shankar.


Poor performances at the ICC World Cup from outsiders, the West Indies, who were eliminated as contenders for a semi-final position earlier this week, have reverted to their pre-competition position at number nine on the latest ICC rankings. 

"It’s a good contest, isn't it?" a Lord’s steward said to a fan who was desperately cradling four beers as if his life depended upon him not spilling a single drop.

"It always is," was the quick reply, as if Australia against New Zealand has never failed to produce anything other than an ODI classic.

Well, not quite really. You only have to remember back to the previous Cricket World Cup final to know that is not actually the case.

Australia reigned supreme at the MCG in 2015. Almost from the moment Mitchell Starc knocked over Brendon McCullum with a full inswinger to send back the then-Black Caps captain for a three-ball duck, the much-anticipated trans-Tasman battle for the trophy became a no-contest. New Zealand were knocked over for 183 and their opponents sprinted home with seven wickets and 101 balls to spare.

The cricketing neighbours had met nine times since in the 50-over format prior to Saturday, including an ICC Champions Trophy fixture in Birmingham two years ago that was ruined by rain with Australia reduced to 53-3 in reply to 291 all out.

There was no danger of wet weather bothering play at the home of cricket, though, with London experiencing temperatures in excess of 30 degrees Celsius, yet the reigning champions once again fell into a sticky situation with the bat.

When Jimmy Neesham pulled off a sensational return catch to dismiss Glenn Maxwell, the Australians were wobbling at 93-5. If the suspicion was the top-order runs of Aaron Finch and David Warner had plastered over cracks in the middle order much like a bad builder, the potential issue was suddenly exposed.

Instead, Usman Khawaja and Alex Carey combined to produce a pivotal partnership worth 107 that saw them play the roles of the tortoise and the hare. While the former methodically plodded along, his compatriot burst out of the blocks to launch the type of counter measures his side so desperately needed.

Carey had only once previously passed 50 in his ODI career, yet he boasted an average in excess of 30 thanks to a series of not outs. He had produced the type of brief, late-innings cameos that promised bigger and better things, if ever presented with the platform.

With over 28 overs remaining, the wicketkeeper-batsman had his opportunity. Immediately he set about lifting the tempo. He countered New Zealand's spinners with clever reverse sweeps towards the short boundary, while the seamers were emphatically punished with pull shots if they erred on the short side.

His half-century arrived from just 47 deliveries and included nine fours. By the time he was finally out for a career-best 71, the sixth-wicket alliance had steered Australia clear of choppy waters. Such was the importance of the recovery that not even a Trent Boult hat-trick in the final over could sink them.

Khawaja was the first of the left-arm paceman's three successive victims, bowled by a yorker for 88. The left-handed batsman once again came in ahead of Steve Smith but lasted far longer than the former captain, who did at least make up for his failure with the bat by taking a wicket and a stunning catch in New Zealand's disappointing reply.

"That partnership between Khawaja and Carey was superb,” New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson told the media.

"I don't think anyone managed to hit the ball well on that pitch all day except Carey. Credit to the way the Australian batters fought hard to get them to a very good score on that surface."

While Carey lifted the tempo, Khawaja sedately marched his side towards a total of 243-9, more than enough for a potent bowling attack to defend on a worn pitch. Slow and steady won the race to top-score out of the pair, but both, in their own contrasting ways, demonstrated Australia's strength in depth.

Now we know for sure - it is not just a case of smoke and mirrors beyond the star names with this XI; the holders look to have the stamina and the resources to prevail in yet another marathon World Cup campaign.

Ryan Harris believes Eoin Morgan's "interesting" innings in England's defeat to Australia summed up why the hosts are in danger of missing out on the Cricket World Cup semi-finals.

England captain Morgan fell into a trap at Lord's on Tuesday, hooking a short ball from Mitchell Starc to Pat Cummins, who had just been moved to his left at fine-leg by skipper Aaron Finch.

Pre-tournament favourites England slumped to 221 all out, losing to their fierce rivals by 64 runs, and are in fifth spot after Pakistan's victory over Afghanistan on Saturday.

Morgan's side face a crunch clash with India at Edgbaston on Sunday before taking on New Zealand in their final group game, with Australia already assured of a last-four spot.

Former Australia paceman Harris feels England are shooting themselves in the foot with the bat and was surprised with Morgan's reaction to criticism from former players in his post-match press conference, including Kevin Pietersen claiming the skipper looked "scared" of Starc.

Harris told Omnisport: "It was an interesting innings from Eoin Morgan against Australia, I was a little bit disappointed with that.

"I also saw his press conference after the defeat and it wasn't a great press conference, very defensive. I noted Kevin Pietersen's comments as well that he was scared, which was interesting.

"It was an interesting innings at a time when he could have knuckled down a bit. I know that's not the way they play, they play hard and that's fine, but from personal experience we tried to do that for a while and it didn't work.

"We had guys going out there at 4-40 and try and hit themselves out of trouble and I don't think it works. It has worked for them at times but in a big game, like Australia, against a good attack, you are hedging your bets."

Harris, who will fly to England next week to coach Australia's A team bowlers, thinks Morgan's men can get themselves out of trouble.

"Maybe they need to pull it back in, look at the conditions and what the bowlers are doing," Harris, 39, added.

"Let's not discount them because of a couple of losses, they have been number one in the world and they have conditions. It's going to be tough but if they play well enough, they can win both.

"As a cricket fan and an Aussie, it would be nice to see them not make it, being cheeky, but I think they will make it."

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