England captain Eoin Morgan responds to Kevin Pietersen’s "scared of Starc" remark

Friday, 28 Jun, 2019

Australia's Jason Behrendorff (C) is congratulated by teammates on his five wicket haul as umpire Sundaram Ravi (L) looks on during the 2019 Cricket World Cup group stage match between England and Australia at Lord's Cricket Ground in London on June 25, 2019.

Australia (12 points) sealed the first semifinal spot with their sixth win while England - fourth with eight points and two games left - must now keep one eye on other results with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka breathing down their necks.

In what was a tatters of a chase by England, the home side were defeated by 64 runs after Australia bowled them out for 221 runs in their pursuit of 285.

Starc, who delivered the ball of the tournament - a full-length, inswinging yorker to dismiss England dangerman Ben Stokes for 88 - paid tribute to his understated fellow southpaw.

The recalled Behrendorff took 5-44 - his first five-wicket haul in a one-day worldwide - while Starc became the leading bowler at the tournament with 19 scalps thanks to a haul of 4-43.

England left Lord's with concerns not just for the defeat against Australia but the fitness of several members of their squad.

Australia's Jason Behrendorff celebrates taking his fifth wicket of the innings (Adam Davy/PA). We go back to what we do well and we'll still strive to do that in Sunday's game [against India].

Just as he did in a losing cause against Sri Lanka Ben Stokes stood tallest, battling apparent leg cramps on his way to a bullish 89, but he received precious little support as a much-vaunted batting line-up again fell short.

Former teammate Kevin Pietersen levelled the worst possible insult on Morgan when he declared the skipper "looked scared" facing Mitchell Starc as he made just four runs on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old's wife Alyssa Healy sparked a flurry of interest in Starc's performance after she applauded an England fan for inspiring the tall quick before the match. Mitch and I have different roles throughout the team, so it's really good that we could partner together.

"You don't win the tournament if you don't reach the semis", said man-of-the-match Finch.

"So to continue winning, to continue playing good cricket, we're still serve offing to try and play a ideal game, but we're slowly getting better and better each time and today was another really good result for us".

"We aren't really bothered about how the crowd react". A returning Roy would not be 100 per cent fit, but England desperately need him back at the top of the order. We haven't done those for long enough periods of games, that's disappointing.