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Exactly a year after FIFA World Cup heartbreak, England make amends in cricket

first_imgExactly a year after FIFA World Cup heartbreak, England make amends in cricketICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Is it really coming home this time? A year after Gareth Southgate’s men agonoisingly lost the FIFA World Cup semi-final in Moscow, Eoin Morgan-led English cricket team raised hopes of their maiden Cricket World Cup win with a dominant performance in the semi-final against 5-time champions Australia at Edgbaston on Thursday.advertisement Next Akshay Ramesh BirminghamJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 13:24 IST Tale of 2 World Cups for England: July 11, 2018 – semi-final loss; July 11,2019 – semi-final win (Getty Images/AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland lost the FIFA World Cup 2018 semi-final on July 11 in MoscowEoin Morgan’s men crushed Australia to progress to World Cup 2019 finalEngland will face New Zealand in the final at Lord’s on SundayEngland believed that the World Cup was coming home. There was a genuine buzz about the country’s football team that punched above its weight and made it to the last-four of FIFA World Cup in 2018 in Russia.Millions had gathered at pubs and public screenings across the major cities in England. At the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, England fans waited for history to unveil. They hadn’t reached the final of a FIFA World Cup since 1966, which was also the last time they won the Jules Rimet Trophy.England had survived some tough situations in the knockout stages. Their Round of 16 win over Colombia that was decided on penalties showed the new English side, under Gareth Southgate, was capable of holding the nerves at crunch moments.When Kieran Trippier found the back of the net as early as the 5th minute of the semi-final, the English fans reassured themsleves that the World Cup was coming home. Howver, at the end of 120 minutes of a fiercely-fought battle, England’s World Cup dream was over. Croatia won the semi-final 2-1 after Mario Mandzukic’s winner in the 2nd half of extra-time.England football team had won millions of hearts but no trophy to show for. England were unable to put behind the disappointmenet of the semi-final heartbreak and the impact of the defeat was seen in their listless display against Belgium in their third-place playoff defeat.Cut to July 11, 2019, England did not mess it up this time in the semi-final. Eoin Morgan’s men were up against five-time champions Australia in the last-four match of World Cup 2019.advertisementOdds were stacked in favour of Australia as they hadn’t lost a single World Cup semi-final in 8 previous attempts before heading into the Edgbaston tie against England on Thursday.Eoin Morgan’s England a win away from bringing it homeHowever, England came up with a ruthless performance that saw Australia comfortably outclassed and ousted from the World Cup.After opting to bat first, Australia were jolted early by Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes. The holders never recovered from the early loss of wickets even as Steve Smith scored a valiant 85. Australia ended with 223 on the board.A Jason Roy-Jonny Bairstow special at the top of the order saw England make light work of the target as they got past the finish line in just 32.3 overs.The World Cup 2019 semi-final was one-sided so much so that Australia captain Aaron Finch conceded that the 8-wiciket defeat was their “worst performance” in a World Cup match.England have lived up to the billing of pre-tournament favourites. They suffered a dip in form after back-to-back loses ot Sri Lanka and Australia in the group-stages but have bounced back in style.Eoin Morgan speaks to the media after England’s #CWC19 semi-final triumph over Australia. #WeAreEngland | #AUSvENG pic.twitter.com/y2tVkEg6VICricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 11, 2019New Zealand are waiting in the final which will be played at the Home of Cricket, Lord’s. Since the start of the decade, host nations have gone on to win the Cricket World Cup 2019 — India in 2011, Australia in 2015. Is it England’s time this year?The founders of the game haven’t won a 50-over World Cup title yet. But if Eoin Morgan-led side’s performances in World Cup 2019 are anything to go by, the fans can certainly believe that it’s coming home this time.Also Read | India’s World Cup campaign ends in heartbreak: Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri’s tactical blundersAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow England cricket teamFollow World Cup 2019Follow FIFA World CUP 2018Follow Gareth SouthgateFollow Eoin MorganFollow Lord’slast_img read more

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Retirement party for Joe Kenny and Chris Critelli to be held Friday

A celebration has been planned for Joe Kenny and Chris Critelli as they prepare to say goodbye to Brock.Each a staple in Brock athletics for more than three decades, Kenny and Critelli are both set to retire at the end of the month.Kenny, the University’s Head Athletic Therapist and Manager of the Athletic Therapy Clinic, will hang up his hat after 36 years of service. Critelli, Brock’s Assistant Athletic Director, will also call it a day after committing 35 years to the University.The Brock community is asked to come out and share their well wishes for the pair during a joint retirement party being held Friday, Aug. 24.The event will take place in Market Hall from 2 to 4 p.m. read more

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