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Buttler may be glad of the extra days rest for his team. England's matches are considered to have been frontloaded in terms of ease (although Wednesday's result might disprove that theory), and New Zealand in particular will prove a formidable test for Buttler's players. England's next match against New Zealand will take place on November 1 at the Gabba. The temperature there is currently a balmy 26 degrees. Forecast for Tuesday? The day starts with scattered showers... 11:02AM Both captains share their thoughts First up, Aaron Finch:The outfield has taken a drenchingThat's as wet as I've ever seen it [...
But we shan't speculate: instead we'll wait for just over half an hour, and hopefully, things will be more positive then. A reminder: for the shortest format of today's match, likely five overs per side, we will need to get underway at 11. 46pm BST at the latest. 9:39AM Inspection update: in progress Credit: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images 9:10AM Sodden scenes Ireland and Afghanistan's fixture was called four hours ago, and it's been raining for all four hours since, which makes it hard to understand how this game can go ahead. Player welfare will be an enormous concern, and considered carefully. On the pitch at the moment, however, a handful of England players tossing a rugby ball around, keeping warm most likely.
England’s average length with the new ball was 70cm shorter than Ireland’s – and even shorter still than India and Pakistan did in their clash on Sunday. By bowling fuller Ireland generated significantly more seam and swing: a template that England would do well to follow against Australia. Read Tim Wigmore's full assessment here. 9:44AM Another inspection due 10. 15am BST The umpires aren't overjoyed with the state of things, clearly. They share their findings with Aaron Finch and Jos Buttler, and the body language is limp.
“As much as we all want to play cricket it has to be safe and it certainly wasn’t that. “Every bowler would have had concerns. Player safety is really important and it wasn’t fit to play whether it was Australia’s bowlers or ours. The right call unfortunately was made. ” Heavy rain left the outfield in a dangerous condition Credit: James Ross/PA The pitch underwent three inspections before the match was abandoned Credit: Scott Barbour/PA England play New Zealand on Tuesday but then play Sri Lanka next Saturday - which is the final game of the group, so England would know exactly what they need to do to ensure their net run rate is good enough to reach the semi-finals in the event of a three-way tie on seven points. The top two sides in the group advance to the semi-finals. Buttler said that England still believe that they can reach the semi-finals.
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But we've not bugged the umpire team, so we could yet hear something more positive. 10:18AM Back out there Umpires inspect the pitch for the second time today Credit: Martin Keep/AFP 10:10AM Tools down in Melbourne Somewhat of a stalemate at the MCG: the ground staff have put drying agent on the outfield, and sawdust by the stumps, but there's little for them to do now. Tractors moving covers and Super Soppers have ground to halt. It's chilly in Melbourne, so heat won't dry things up. It's a waiting game to see if their methods have worked, and we should find out in the next ten minutes or so.
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Extremely disappointing for everyone, but for the crowd most of all. There was some light booing when the players came on, which you can understand, particularly when you consider that some fans have been here since Afghanistan v Ireland. But player welfare will be at the centre of the decision, in the face of an extremely soggy outfield.
Credit: William West/AFP 10:01AM Should we get a match... Here's what England must do to win against Australia:In the two games at the MCG this T20 World Cup, seam bowlers have thrived with the new ball. Consider these scores after the Powerplay: 32-2, 31-3 and 37-3. Sandwiched between these, though, is a score of 59-1: Ireland’s total after the Powerplay at the MCG. It is a damning indictment of how England bowled with the new ball. In the Powerplay on Wednesday, England only hit a good line and length with 26 per cent of deliveries, compared to Ireland’s 58 per cent.
We've retained full faith in the group. You don't become a bad team overnight [... ] we're full of match winnersFew days now to clear everything out. 10:55AM What happens next, from Tim Wigmore England-Australia being abandoned creates a path for Eng/Aus/NZ to all finish on 7 points - NZ beat Sri Lanka+Ire; Eng beat SL+NZ; Aus beat Ire+Afghanistan. Then it would be down to net run rate to decide the two semi-finalists— Tim Wigmore (@timwig) October 28, 2022 10:54AM A frustrating period Very confusing scenes at the MCG. The two captains came onto the pitch and shook hands, before heading off again. The covers then came off again, and the match was declared abandoned without a ball bowled.
8:59AM Noise inside the MCG... as a cover is removed, the one protecting the bowler's runup. The air is clearing of rain, so we'll see if this sticks, and we can start thinking about kick-off. 8:53AM Ben Stokes speaks to SSN Obviously we're disappointed to lose but it's very early on in the competition, and we didn't really have time to think about that that much because we had a quick turnaround to today. I think you have to asses the game, and we understood where we let ourselves down. You can't be doing that the deeper into the competition you go. When you do lose games like that, that's where you have time to reflect as an individual. We didn't think that we were our best in the field or with the ball in the powerplay.
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Another cover cover off to loud cheers, as the crowd fills up and we edge closer to the inspection. 9:03AM Group 1 - as it stands New Zealand - 3ptsIreland - 3ptsSri Lanka - 2ptsEngland - 2ptsAustralia - 2ptsAfghanistan - 2ptsMore and more covers are coming off, it's not raining at present – it's probably too early for all-out optimism, but things are certainly on the up.
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