The birthplace of modern cricket, an iconic stadium with a capacity of over 28000 – such a legendary place is the Lord’s Cricket Ground. Add to the mix a match between two frightening oppositions on paper, two with a fierce rivalry developing through the years, and the crowd would expect nothing but an experience of a lifetime.
Everyone except the English players, who have endured a rather uncomfortable ride so far in the competition. Entering the tournament as hot favourites, the cup was almost declared as theirs to keep.
Three weeks earlier, nobody would have ever believed that a strong favourite like England might exist on the brink of losing out, but the truth is that they are currently gasping for breath to stay alive.
The Aussies, however, have already booked their berth in their semis. With a stark performance with the bat, including a milestone involving three digits for Finch, a harsh hammering for the English bowlers was something the local crowd cringed at witnessing.
Another display of their apparent inability to chase had England riding on the shoulders of Ben Stokes once again, but he failed to supply them with a win.
Behrendoff reached his first five-fer, and towards the end, it simply seemed as if Starc and Behrendoff were playing a game of pass-the-parcel amongst each other, this while the parcel being the wickets of England’s middle order.