India and South Africa are already behind, but who else can make it to the last four as the group stages heat up? England may be knocked out of the semi-finals, but there is still a lot to play for in India
19:09 UK Saturday 4 November 2023
England’s miserable defense at the Cricket World Cup has officially come to an end with two games to spare following their sixth defeat in seven against Australia – and their fifth in a row – but what now for Jos Buttler’s men and which teams still have a chance of reaching the semi-finals?
Which teams have already passed?
Hosts India after seven wins from seven, they currently occupy the first place in the table, thus ensuring a quiet progress to the semi-final stage.
They are now in a direct fight for first place South Africawho also booked a place in the final four without playing at all after Pakistan’s win over New Zealand on Saturday.
The Proteas have been extremely impressive throughout the tournament, winning six out of seven, with their only loss coming in a shock defeat to the Netherlands in the third match.
India and South Africa will meet on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Cricket at 8:00 am (first ball from 8:30 am), with India’s win taking the top spot by one match.
Which teams are fighting for the final semi-final spots?
Pakistanrain-affected victory over New Zealand puts them level with the current fourth-placed Black Caps on eight points from one game, trailing only in clean sheets. They play England and Sri Lanka in their final group matches.
Afghanistan they are also in contention for an all-time bottom four spot, having also picked up eight points having played a game less. They face third-placed Australia and South Africa in their final two matches.
Win for Australia Tuesday’s clash with Afghanistan – and what would be their sixth win in a row after a losing start to the tournament – would confirm their place in the semi-finals.
Sri Lanka a Netherlands (both on four points) are still very much in contention, with two games to go, although they must win and hope that none of New Zealand, Pakistan or Afghanistan win their final games.
England a Bangladesh they are both eliminated.
- India (14 points) – vs. South Africa (Sunday), vs. Netherlands (Sunday, November 12)
- South Africa (12 points) – vs. India (Sunday), Vs. Afghanistan (Friday 10 November)
- Australia (10 points) – vs. Afghanistan (Tuesday 7 November), vs (Saturday 11 November)
- New Zealand (8 points) – vs. Sri Lanka (Thursday 9 November)
- Pakistan (8 points) – vs. England (Saturday 11 November)
- Afghanistan (8 points) – vs. Australia (Tuesday, November 7), vs. South Africa (Friday 10 November)
- Sri Lanka (4 points) – vs. Bangladesh (Monday 6 November) vs New Zealand (Thursday 9 November)
- Netherlands (4 points) – against England (Wednesday), against India (Sunday, November 12)
- Bangladesh (2 points) – vs. Sri Lanka (Monday, November 6), vs. Australia (Saturday, November 11)
- England (2 points) – vs. Netherlands (Wednesday, November 8), vs. Pakistan (Saturday, November 11)
What else is in store for England?
It has been revealed that places in the 2025 Champions Trophy will be allocated based on performances in the competition, with hosts Pakistan joined by the top seven, meaning England need to improve their position in the final two games.
England head coach Matthew Mott admitted he was unaware of the qualification process until the defeat to India, telling reporters after that loss: “The International Commission (ICC) has changed the rules quite a bit with qualification, but to be honest I don’t think it’s affect in any way the way we played in this tournament, so it’s not a big deal.
“It’s motivation enough for us to get back up off the canvas and keep trying to throw the punch. It gives us a lot of focus that we need to make sure we can’t just ‘turn around’. win these matches.”
England must avoid a bottom two finish to confirm their place in the Champions Trophy. They are currently in last place and are worse than Bangladesh in clean runs as the only teams with just one win to their name.
They can potentially leapfrog them and their opponents on Wednesday, the Netherlands (eighth with four points), with a win, while another win in their final game against Pakistan should secure a top-eight finish.
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