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England vs Australia | We Needed the Perfect Game: Cummins

Pat Cummins said Australia won games in the World Cup despite not having played the perfect game, and needed to produce that in the semifinal against England. However, it turned out to be far from that as England completely outplayed Australia to reach their fourth World Cup final.

Cricketnext Staff |July 12, 2019, 1:00 AM IST
England vs Australia | We Needed the Perfect Game: Cummins

Birmingham: Pat Cummins said Australia won games in the World Cup despite not having played the perfect game and needed to produce that in the semifinal against England. However, it turned out to be far from that as England completely outplayed Australia to reach their fourth World Cup final.

"We managed to win games without playing our perfect game. Every time we finished games, we spoke about areas we can improve on. We got better the whole way through," said Cummins. "Against South Africa, we got a few things wrong and still almost won. Today we just didn't play our best.

"The thing going into this game was just the excitement and to give ourselves the best chance to come to the semifinal. We did that, played exactly how we wanted to (in the league stage). We were always chasing the perfect game, it just didn't come. We probably needed that today. But really proud of how we've all played. we've had a few injuries but the new guys have come in, it's been a great group."

Cummins said Australia just didn't post enough runs on the board, folding for just 223.

"It's really hard with a total like that. If you're defending 200 odd and you don't get an early wicket, they can play with a lot of freedom," he said. "We wanted to bowl with a lot of energy, try and get a couple of wickets. Didn't happen, pretty tough from there.

"I'm annoyed and peeved at the moment but I'll wake up tomorrow and be proud of where we've come from. Last 12 months if you'd told us we'd be in the semifinal, come second in the group stage, we'd have been really happy. Knockout stages, it happens that you get beaten by the better team on the day. It's unfortunate but really proud of our tournament."

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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5046 120
2 Australia 4320 108
3 England 5253 105
4 New Zealand 3449 105
5 South Africa 3537 98
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1 England 6967 124
2 India 7939 118
3 New Zealand 5347 116
4 South Africa 5442 111
5 Australia 5854 110
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1 Pakistan 8926 270
2 Australia 6986 269
3 England 6095 265
4 India 12141 264
5 South Africa 5248 262
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