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|27 May 2019|6 mins

Cricket World Cup: 5 Unmissable Matches

Settle in for a bit of world-class cricket.

Watching cricket: the perfect way to spend a day for those who love it, torture for those who don’t. But the World Cup, a glitzy, six-week, runs-mad extravaganza, can tempt even the most Warney-phobic person out of the closet — especially as Australia nearly always win it. This year it’s being held in England so matches are through the night. But, with all teams playing each other once in a race to the semi-finals, you should stay up for these potential crackers.

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England v South Africa, Thursday 30 May, from 7.30pm AEST
Hosts England are firm favourites to win a first World Cup after several years of dominance in 50-over cricket – meaning there’s every chance they’ll spectacularly bottle it. They’ll have fewer tougher tests than in the tournament opener against perennial underdogs South Africa, which could well be an early beauty.

Australia v Afghanistan, Saturday 1 June, 10.30pm AEST
Who knows what to expect from reigning champions Australia after a bizarre year without their two best batsmen in Steve Smith and David Warner – now both back in the fold. A first game against Afghanistan should bring a win, but the appearance of the often-troubled South Asian country at their second World Cup is reason enough to celebrate.

India v Pakistan, Sunday 16 June, from 7.30pm AEST
The rivalry between India and Pakistan extends way beyond the cricket pitch, but the history and politics between them just makes this contest all the more fascinating. While Kohli and co are likely to get the upper hand, brilliant as they are, don’t write off Sarfraz Ahmed’s talented side. Either way, expect fireworks.

New Zealand v West Indies, Saturday 22 June, from 10.30pm AEST
Losing finalists (to Australia) in 2015, the Black Caps would love to go one better this time around, and are still a solid force despite the retirement of former captain Brendon McCullum. Meanwhile the Windies are on the up and up, with a big-hitting young team likely to surprise many. This should be a ripper.  

Australia v England, Tuesday 25 June, from 7.30pm AEST
The old enemies meet again, a year after England slayed Australia 5-0 in the last ODI series between the two sides, posting a mammoth world record total of 481 along the way. With the Ashes to play for after the World Cup, the Aussies will be after sweet revenge - and a spot in the semi-finals.

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