When are the Cricket World Cup semi-finals? England and India in final four but who has joined them?

3 Jul

The Cricket World Cup is reaching the business end with the tournament’s semi-finals taking place this week.

The round robin group stage has seen the table chop and change throughout the last few weeks but the final four have now been confirmed.

England are in the Cricket World Cup semi-finals
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England followed up their stunning victory over India with a fine win over New Zealand to book their place in the semi-finals.

So with the final coming up on Sunday 14 July, who could be in action at Lord’s?

Which teams are out of the Cricket World Cup?

Afghanistan

Afghanistan were the first team to go home and have yet to win a match, although they did push India to within 12 runs.

West Indies

The Windies started brilliantly by crushing Pakistan in their opening match, but failed to replicate that form since and will be going home.

The West Indies are out of the World Cup
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South Africa

The Proteas have disappointed hugely this summer and will not be progressing any further after a dreadful campaign which saw them become the second team to be eliminated.

Bangladesh

As a result of their loss to India, Bangladesh have been knocked out of the Cricket World cup.

Sri Lanka

England’s win over India saw Sri Lanka dumped out of the tournament.

While they could draw level with Eoin Morgan’s side on points, England would still progress by virtue of winning more games.

Pakistan

Pakistan were the final team to be knocked out of the group stage. They had to beat Bangladesh by at least 308 runs in their last group and couldn’t pull off a miracle.

Which teams have qualified for the Cricket World Cup semi-finals?

Australia

Australia’s victory over England saw them become the first team to make the semi-finals.

India

India made it to the semi-final with victory over Bangladesh.

England

England’s 31 run victory over India and then their 119 run win over New Zealand booked their place in the semis.

New Zealand

The Kiwis claimed the last semi-final spot after Pakistan failed to beat Bangladesh by at least 308 runs in their final group game.

India look to be the team to beat at the World Cup
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When are the Cricket World Cup semi-finals?

India vs New Zealand – Tuesday, July 9 – Old Trafford

Australia vs England – Thursday, July 11 – Edgbaston

The Cricket World Cup final – Sunday, July 14 – Lord’s

Cricket World Cup 2019: Swarm of bees disrupt South Africa vs Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street

29 Jun

The Cricket World Cup clash between South Africa and Sri Lanka was interrupted on Friday – when a swarm of BEES swept across the ground.

The match at Chester-le-Street, Durham, had to be stopped for a short time before the end of the first innings.

Players were forced to take cover at Chester-le-Street because of a swarm of bees
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The players and umpires had to lie flat, face first, on the ground while they waiting for the bees to clear.

The bizarre interruption did not last long though and they were able to complete the innings after the brief interlude.

The pesky insects interrupted the match for a short period
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Sri Lanka ended up losing to dent their hopes of pipping England to a semi-final spot.

Victory for Sri Lanka would have moved them level on points with the tournament hosts, but they lost wickets at regular intervals, a number of their batsmen bogged down on a slow pitch as they posted 203 all out.

The paltry target provided few problems for Amla (80 not out) and Du Plessis (96no) in a 175-run partnership which carried the Proteas, already eliminated from contention for the knockout stages, to a thumping nine-wicket win.

The duo, with more than 300 one-day international appearances between them, overhauled the total with 12.4 overs to spare, largely eschewing risk but keeping the scoreboard ticking over, contrasting sharply with Sri Lanka’s batsmen.

Cricket World Cup: Top 10 most memorable moments in the tournament’s history

29 May

The Cricket World Cup has produced many moments of magic over the years since the first tournament in 1975.

Australia have won four of the last five tournaments but it is England who go into it as favourites on home soil.

The tournament starts on Thursday with the hosts facing South Africa at The Oval and you can hear regular updates live on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2.

Eoin Morgan will lead England at the Cricket World Cup on home soil in 2019
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There have been plenty of headlines and controversy along the way off the pitch.

Freddie Flintoff was stripped of the vice-captaincy after the pedalo incident in 2007, Shane Warne missed the 2003 tournament because of a failed drugs test and Bob Woolmer was found dead in his hotel room on the eve of the 2007 competition.

But there have been plenty of iconic moments on the pitch and here at talkSPORT.com we have ranked the most memorable moments.

10. Kapil Dev’s 175 not out for India against Zimbabwe in 1983

This was a heroic innings from the Indian great in tough circumstances against Zimbabwe in 1983.

In the match at Tunbridge Wells, Dev came to the crease with his side 9-4 and they slumped to 78-7 with little chance of posting a respectable total.

Dev smashed 175 not out from 138 balls to help India to 266-8 with the next highest batter scoring 24.

Zimbabwe were all out for 235 in reply.

Kapil Dev during his 175 not out off 138 balls against Zimbabwe at Tunbridge Wells
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9. Martin Guptil’s record innings in 2015

Guptil hit the highest individual score in World Cup history with this innings of 237 not out in New Zealand’s quarter-final with the West Indies in 2015.

He scored an incredible 137 runs from his last 52 deliveries to etch his name in the record books.

Martin Guptill celebrates reaching 200 during his record innings in 2015
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8. Viv Richards’ hundred in the 1979 final

A brilliant 138 not out from Richards took the game away from England.

The West Indies were 99-4 when he came to the crease and ended up helping them to 286, which proved too much for their opponents and sealed their second World Cup win.

Viv Richards helped West Indies to win their second World Cup in 1979
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7. Sri Lanka shock Australia in 1996 final

Sri Lanka co-hosted the tournament and they were helped into the final when the West Indies and Australia forfeited their group matches due to safety reasons.

The favourites, Australia, had no answer to Aravinda de Silva who hit 107 not out to win the trophy.

Aravinda de Silva reaches his century against Australia in the 1996 final
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6. Herschelle Gibbs’ drop in 1999

A bizarre incident between Australia and South Africa in their Super Six clash, which proved costly for the latter.

Gibbs caught Steve Waugh, who was on 56 at the time, and in his haste to throw the ball up in celebration dropped it. Waugh allegedly asked Gibbs ‘how does it feel to have dropped the World Cup?’

Gibbs maintained the catch should have stood but Waugh went on to make 120 not out as the Australians clinched the win with two balls to spare.

Steve Waugh led his side to victory after being dropped by Herschelle Gibbs in 1999
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5. Sachin Tendulkar and the 1996 semi-final

India were cruising in this match against Sri Lanka in Kolkata until Tendulkar was stumped off Sanath Jayasuriya, which led to a collapse.

Seven wickets for 22 runs saw the crowd begin to throw objects on the pitch and set fire to seating.

The match was abandoned and the win given to Sri Lanka.

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4. Mike Gatting’s reverse sweep in the 1987 final

We are still waiting for England’s first ever World Cup win and that might not be the case if it were not for Mike Gatting’s dismissal all those years ago.

Chasing Australia’s 253, Gatting and Bill Athey were cruising to a win at 135-2. Part-timer Allan Border dismissed Gatting when he decided to reverse sweep his first ball and was caught by wicket-keeper Greg Dyer.

From that position England slumped to 246-8 in one of their best chances to win the competition.

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3. Kapil Dev’s catch in 1983

The dominant West Indies were on course for their third World Cup win until Viv Richards got himself out.

A mis-timed shot saw Dev have to run back from mid-on and take a catch from over his shoulder.

A brilliant grab that sparked a West Indies collapse and saw India win the World Cup.

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2. South Africa and the rain in 1992

The Proteas reached the semi-final to face England in their first tournament following their apartheid ban and it ended in controversy.

They needed 22 from 13 balls when the players went off because of rain.

But after just a 12-minute delay, their target was adjusted to 22 needed from one ball and their opponents went through to the final.

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1. Allan Donald run-out in the 1999 semi-final

The most memorable moment during a World Cup came in this clash between South Africa and Australia.

South Africa needed nine from the final over with just one wicket remaining with Lance Klusener and Allan Donald at the crease.

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Klusener hit two fours from the first two balls to tie the scores. Two balls later, he set off for a single but Donald did not respond and they were both left stranded at the same end.

Donald made an effort to get back but Adam Gilchrist ran him out while he was in no man’s land.

Australia progressed to the final by virtue of finishing higher than their opponents in the Super Six table.

Cricket World Cup: South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn to miss opening match with England

28 May

South Africa will be without fast bowler Dale Steyn for the opening Cricket World Cup match against England.

The 35-year-old has been battling to get back to fitness since aggravating a long-standing shoulder injury during the IPL.

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It was confirmed on Tuesday that he would miss the match with England at The Oval on Thursday.

South Africa coach Ottis Gibson said: “He’s not quite ready yet. He’s not far away… but not quite yet.

“We think with a six-week tournament, there is no real need to force the issue.

“We know that he is close and he’s getting closer every day. We’ll give him as much time as we can to get him ready. We hope that if not by Sunday then by the India game.”

Dale Steyn has 196 ODI wickets
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This means that Steyn is likely to be missing for their second match, against Bangladesh, at The Oval on Sunday with the India game not coming until June 5.

The fast bowler has 196 one day international wickets to his name in 125 matches.

He is their fifth all-time leading wicket-taker in ODI cricket behind Allan Donald, Jacques Kallis, Shaun Pollock and Makhaya Ntini.

South Africa have a number of injury concerns in the bowling department ahead of the World Cup.

Kagiso Rabada returned home from the IPL early with a back problem and Lungi Ngidi has been recovering from a side injury.

Both are expected to start, though, as they played in the warm-up match against Sri Lanka last week.

Cricket World Cup semi-final standings: Fixture dates and start times, venues and results for all 48 matches

14 May

England will be looking to claim World Cup glory on home soil this summer as they host the planet’s best.

England are among the favourites to win the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup which is being held at stadiums around the British Isles and starts later this month.

Australia won the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2015

Australia hosted and won the tournament in 2015 as did India in 2011.

So as England look to make it three from three this summer, here’s all the key dates for your cricket calendar.

Cricket World Cup 2019: Fixture dates, start times and stadiums

England v South Africa: 30 May, 10:30, The Oval (London) England won by 104 runs

Pakistan v West Indies: 31 May, 10:30, Trent Bridge (Nottingham) West Indies won by seven wickets

New Zealand v Sri Lanka: 1 June, 10:30, Sophia Gardens (Cardiff) – New Zealand won by 10 wickets

Australia v Afghanistan: 1 June, 13:30 (D/N), County Ground (Bristol) – Australia won by 7 wickets

Bangladesh v South Africa: 2 June, 10:30, The Oval (London) – Bangladesh won by 21 runs

England v Pakistan: 3 June, 10:30, Trent Bridge (Nottingham) – Pakistan won by 14 runs

Afghanistan v Sri Lanka: 4 June, 10:30, Sophia Gardens (Cardiff) – Sri Lanka won by 34 runs

India v South Africa: 5 June, 10:30, Rose Bowl (Southampton) – India won by 6 wickets

Bangladesh v New Zealand: 5 June, 13:30 (D/N), The Oval (London) – New Zealand won by 2 wickets

Eoin Morgan will lead England in the World Cup

Australia v West Indies: 6 June, 10:30, Trent Bridge (Nottingham) – Australia won by 15 runs

Pakistan v Sri Lanka: 7 June, 10:30, County Ground (Bristol) – No result

England v Bangladesh: 8 June, 10:30, Sophia Gardens (Cardiff) – England won by 106 runs

Afghanistan v New Zealand: 8 June, 13:30 (D/N), County Ground (Taunton) – New Zealand won by 7 wickets

Australia v India: 9 June, 10:30, The Oval (London) – India won by 36 runs

South Africa v West Indies: 10 June, 10:30, Rose Bowl (Southampton) – No result

Bangladesh v Sri Lanka: 11 June, 10:30, County Ground (Bristol) – No result

Australia v Pakistan: 12 June, 10:30, County Ground (Taunton) – Australia won by 41 runs

India v New Zealand: 13 June, 10:30, Trent Bridge (Nottingham) – No result

England v West Indies: 14 June, 10:30, Rose Bowl (Southampton) – England won by 8 wickets

Australia v Sri Lanka: 15 June, 10:30, The Oval (London) – Australia won by 87 runs

Afghanistan v South Africa: 15 June, 13:30 (D/N), Sophia Gardens (Cardiff) – South Africa won by 9 wickets

India v Pakistan: 16 June, 10:30, Old Trafford (Manchester) – India won by 89 runs

Bangladesh v West Indies: 17 June, 10:30, County Ground (Taunton) – Bangladesh won by 7 wickets

England v Afghanistan: 18 June, 10:30, Old Trafford (Manchester) – England won by 150 runs

India superstar Virat Kohli

New Zealand v South Africa: 19 June, 10:30, Edgbaston (Birmingham) – New Zealand won by 4 wickets

Australia v Bangladesh: 20 June, 10:30, Trent Bridge (Nottingham) – Australia won by 48 runs

England v Sri Lanka: 21 June, 10:30, Headingley (Leeds) – Sri Lanka won by 20 runs

Afghanistan v India: 22 June, 10:30, Rose Bowl (Southampton) – India won by 11 runs

New Zealand v West Indies: 22 June, 13:30 (D/N), Old Trafford (Manchester) – New Zealand won by 5 runs

Pakistan v South Africa: 23 June, 10:30, Lord’s (London) – Pakistan won by 49 runs

Afghanistan v Bangladesh: 24 June, 10:30, Rose Bowl (Southampton) – Bangladesh won by 62 runs

England v Australia: 25 June, 10:30, Lord’s (London) – Australia won by 64 runs

New Zealand v Pakistan: 26 June, 10:30, Edgbaston (Birmingham) – Pakistan won by 6 wickets

India v West Indies: 27 June, 10:30, Old Trafford (Manchester) – India won by 125 runs

South Africa v Sri Lanka: 28 June, 10:30, Riverside Ground (Chester-le-Street) – South Africa won by 9 wickets

Afghanistan v Pakistan: 29 June, 10:30, Headingley (Leeds) – Pakistan won by 3 wickets

Australia v New Zealand: 29 June, 13:30 (D/N), Lord’s (London) – Australia won by 86 runs

Australia star Aaron Finch

England v India: 30 June, 10:30, Edgbaston (Birmingham) – England won by 31 runs

Sri Lanka v West Indies: 1 July, 10:30, Riverside Ground (Chester-le-Street) – Sri Lanka won by 23 runs

Bangladesh v India: 2 July, 10:30, Edgbaston (Birmingham) – India won by 28 runs

England v New Zealand: 3 July, 10:30, Riverside Ground (Chester-le-Street)

Afghanistan v West Indies: 4 July, 10:30, Headingley (Leeds)

Bangladesh v Pakistan: 5 July, 10:30, Lord’s (London)

India v Sri Lanka: 6 July, 10:30, Headingley (Leeds)

Australia v South Africa: 6 July, 13:30 (D/N), Old Trafford (Manchester)

Semi-finals

Qualifier 1 v Qualifier 4: 9 July, 10:30, Old Trafford (Manchester)

Qualifier 2 v Qualifier 3: 11 July, 10:30, Edgbaston (Birmingham)

Final

Winners Semi-final 1 v Winners Semi-final 2: 14 July, 10:30, Lord’s (London)

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed banned for four matches by International Cricket Council over racist comments

27 Jan

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has hit with a four match suspension for breaching the International Cricket Council’s anti-racism code.

The world governing body announced Sarfraz had accepted the charge after aiming a comment at South Africa all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo during the second one-day international between the sides in Durban on Tuesday.

Sarfraz will miss the remaining two matches of the ODI series – with Shoaib Malik captaining the side in Sunday’s contest – as well as the first two matches of the Twenty20 series to follow.

Ahmed must also undergo an education course as part of his punishment

ICC chief executive David Richardson said: “The ICC has a zero-tolerance policy towards conduct of this nature.

“Sarfraz has promptly admitted the offence, was regretful of his actions and has issued a public apology, so these factors were taken into account when determining an appropriate sanction.”

Sarfraz’s comments had been picked up by the stump mic during the match, and the 31-year-old wicketkeeper then apologised to Phehlukwayo on Friday, writing on Twitter: “This morning I apologised to Andile Phehlukwayo and he was gracious enough to accept my apology and I hope the people of South Africa also accept my apology.”

The ICC added that Sarfraz will now undergo an education programme relating to the offence.

AB de Villiers stuns South African cricket by announcing international retirement

23 May
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AB de Villiers has quit international cricket

South Africa batsman AB de Villiers has retired from all forms of international cricket.

The 34-year-old has been a titanic figure in the Proteas’ middle order for more than a decade and will go down as one of their greatest ever batsmen.

De Villiers starred in the recent Test series victory over Australia – and only last year recommitted to representing South Africa in all formats after taking a break from Test cricket – but admitted his efforts have left him fatigued.

He said in a video on his Twitter account: “I have decided to retire from all international cricket with immediate effect.

“After 114 Test matches, 228 ODI’s and 78 T20 Internationals, it is time for others to take over. I have had my turn, and to be honest, I am tired.

“This is a tough decision, I have thought long and hard about it and I’d like to retire while still playing decent cricket. After the fantastic series wins against India and Australia, now feels like the right time to step aside.”

De Villiers amassed 8,765 runs at an average of 50.66 in Tests and a further 9,577 at 53.50 in ODIs over the course of a stellar 14 years.

Traditional strokeplay was mixed with a flair for the unorthodox, earning De Villiers the moniker of ‘Mr 360’ for his ability to hit the ball to all parts of the ground.

He holds the world record for the fastest half-century, hundred and 150 in ODIs, and is one of only a handful of batsmen to hold the number one ranking in Tests and the 50-over format at the same time.

Cricket South Africa president Chris Nenzani said: “AB is one of the all-time greats of South African cricket who has thrilled spectators around the world with his sheer brilliance, coupled to his ability to innovate and take modern day batting in all three formats but particularly in the white ball ones to new levels.

“What is probably more important is the inspiration he has been to his team-mates whether playing at international or domestic level and the wonderful role model he has been to all our aspiring youngsters.

“It goes without saying that he is going to be greatly missed wherever international cricket is played.”

Australia captain Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft apologise for ball-tampering incident during third Test against South Africa

24 Mar
Australia captain Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft apologise for ball-tampering incident during third Test against South Africa
Bancroft and Smith address the media after the third Test

Captain Steve Smith admitted Australia had deliberately tampered with the ball during the third Test against South Africa.

Smith said he was “incredibly sorry” for bringing the game “into disrepute” after team-mate Cameron Bancroft was caught rubbing a piece of tape, coated with dust from the pitch, on the ball while fielding.

Bancroft attempted, after speaking to 12th man Peter Handscomb, to hide the tape down his trousers but the video evidence was clear and he was charged by the match officials after play finished on day three in Cape Town.

He and Smith appeared afterwards at a press conference, broadcast live on Periscope by Cricket South Africa, at which Smith said: “The leadership group knew about it and spoke about it at lunch.

“I’m not proud of what’s happened, it’s not within the spirit of the game. My integrity and the integrity of the leadership group has come into question, and rightfully so.”

On-field umpires Nigel Llong and Richard Illingworth, both from England, took no action after speaking to Bancroft but he was charged after the day’s play.

Bancroft said: “We had a discussion with the match officials and I’ve been charged with attempting to change the condition of the ball.

“I was in the vicinity when the leadership group were discussing it. I was obviously nervous and with hundreds of cameras it’s always a risk.

“We had a discussion during the break and on myself, I saw an opportunity to use some tape and granules from rough patches of the wicket to change the ball’s condition.

“Once I was sighted on the screen I panicked quite a lot, and that’s why I shoved it down my trousers.”

Smith declined to “name names” but insisted the decision was taken by players rather than the coaching staff.

“It’s not on, it’s certainly not and it won’t happen again under my leadership,” he said.

“We thought it was a possible way to get an advantage, obviously it didn’t work. It was a poor choice and I deeply regret our actions.

“I’m embarrassed and I feel for Cam as well. Being the leader of the team, I’m incredibly sorry for, I guess, trying to bring the game into disrepute.”

He insisted, though: “I won’t consider stepping down.

“I take responsibility as captain and I need to take control of the ship. It’s something I’m not proud of, I’m embarrassed. It’s a big error in judgement and we’ll learn from it.”

South Africa took a commanding 294-run lead in the match after reaching 238 for five in their second innings, Aiden Markram with 84 and AB de Villiers adding 51 not out.

That left them on course to take a 2-1 series lead into next week’s final Test in Johannesburg but the match was overshadowed by the Bancroft incident.

Watch – Australia captain David Warner in off-field confrontation with South Africa’s Quinton de Kock

5 Mar
Watch - Australia captain David Warner in off-field confrontation with South Africa's Quinton de Kock
David Warner and Quinton de Kock clashed

Australia’s victory over South Africa in the first Test was overshadowed by an off-field bust-up between two players.

Footage emerged after the match in Durban of David Warner, the Australia opener and vice-captain, attempting to confront South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock outside the dressing rooms at Kingsmead.

Warner can be seen getting moved away from the incident, which took place on day four of the Test, by his team-mates on the staircase as he directed his anger towards De Kock.

It has been alleged that the outburst was prompted by De Kock making personal comments about Warner’s wife, Candice.

See the incident below…

 

The matter is now in the hands of the International Cricket Council, according to a Cricket Australia spokesman.

“Following the end of the second session there was an incident involving David Warner and Quinton de Kock on return to the change-rooms,” the spokesman said in a statement published on CA’s official website.

“The incident was discussed between the two team managers and the match referee last night and it is now in the hands of the on-field umpires and match referee.

“Both teams were reminded by the match referee of the spirit in which the game should be played.”

De Kock was back in the middle at the start of day five and was the subject of an unsuccessful appeal from the opening delivery of the day, Mitchell Starc’s hat-trick ball, when he was hit on the pad.

But De Kock was not so lucky shortly after as Josh Hazlewood trapped him lbw and, despite asking for a review, was given out for 83 as South Africa were dismissed for 298, giving Australia a 118-run victory.