Aussie coaches to take an eye to finals

New Zealand had earlier been run close by Bangladesh and only inches separated them from a loss against West Indies. But before turning the things around in 2015, the battle was one-sided.

"This this is an area that we have to change", he said, adding the Bangladeshi should have tried more desperately. So that was disappointing. We froze in that game.

England's players have been given the weekend off and will meet up again on Monday.

"I think that format I loved because every team has been exposed with other teams", he said.

Mickey Arthur and Azhar Mahmood maintained that they will travel to Pakistan if their contracts are extended.

England, Australia and India have sealed their spot in the semifinals, while New Zealand is nearly there in the knockout stage of the tournament, despite their loss to England in their last group stage encounter. Currently, Australia tops the points table with 14 points, while India remain at second with 13 points.

While Arthur acknowledged that the best four sides made the semifinals, he also felt his side were unlucky. The biggest disappointment though was Hasan Ali, who had just two wickets to show from 4 matches and was the most expensive of the Pakistani bowlers going for 7.75 runs per over. The 32-year-old left-arm all-rounder slammed over 500 runs and took 11 wickets in eight matches in the tournament with one game yet to be played. Their biggest defeat in World Cup history was in Grenada in the 2007 World Cup when they lost to Australia by 215 runs.

"I thought we tried to just survive and bat for 50 overs and that kept Sri Lanka in the match. It's a great feeling and we're really excited for that challenge".

Mumbai: With the three semi-final spots already booked, Australia, India and England are in the process of finalising their line-up for the semis.

'If we play good cricket, the opposition will have to play extremely well to beat us'.

"You have to be playing your best cricket at the end of the tournament".

"It hasn't ended as we would have liked to have ended it". We wanted to win, but we couldn't do it.

"I think he's been absolutely attractive".

Ferguson has been a revelation for New Zealand at this year's World Cup, the right-armer bowling at speeds of up to 150kmh.

Babar, whose artsy batting even prompted Ian Bishop on commentary to liken his cover drives to Picasso's paintings, fell just four runs short of what would have been his second hundred in this World Cup and a name on the Lord's honours board.

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