Cricket World Cup 2023, Australia Vs South Africa: News, updates, results, scores, Alex Carey dropped, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis

Welcome to’s live coverage of the Cricket World Cup match between Australia and South Africa from Lucknow in India.

Australia will have to move on quickly from their first up loss to India on Sunday, having let a golden opportunity slip through their fingers.

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Australia’s batters wilted under the pressure of India’s spinners on a what looked like a strip perfectly tailored from the hosts.

But after having India 3/2 and dropping an early chance off Virat Kohli, Australia lost the match by six wickets.

South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by 102 runs in their first match.

9pm — Finally, a wicket

Glenn Maxwell has claimed the first wicket of the day.

It’s taken a while but the first opener is down for South Africa.

Temba Bavuma went for a big hit and was caught on the boundary in a good catch from David Warner.

“Finally, Australia have something to smile about,” Matthew Hayden said in commentary.

But they don’t have that much to smile about, South Africa at 1/108 after 19.4 overs and it seems like a good platform with some big hitters to come.

And Bavuma was 35 off 55, it’s Quinton de Kock who’s the big issue on 67 off 63 while Rassie van der Dussen comes to the crease fresh off a last start hundred.

8.35pm — Inglis act infuriates fans

Fan have hit out at Josh Inglis after the Aussie wicketkeeper smiled despite dropping one of the few chances Australia has had against South Africa.

Australia is struggling to get a breakthrough in the near must-win clash and it’s getting to the point where even half chances have to go to hand.

So in the 13th over with South Africa 0/67 and Adam Zampa looking dangerous, the spinner was finally able to draw an edge.

However, the big deflection probably went too far.

Shane Watson said: “That’s a big deviation, it’s an absolute miracle if the keeper can catch that. He’d have to move his hands very very fast.”

But social media wasn’t so forgiving, especially after he was seen smiling as he threw the ball back.

In the 16th over, Sean Abbott caught a top edged ball to the boundary before throwing it back in as he fell, but not accurately enough to give Mitchell Starc the chance to get the catch.

Things aren’t going to plan.

South Africa’s Quentin de Kock brought up his 50, while the Proteas are 0/88 off 16 overs.

8.18pm — Not an ideal start for the Aussies

Australia have had a tough start to the match with South Africa building well in the first 10 overs.

With a bit of uneven bounce, the Proteas are 0/53.

Shane Watson said it was “a solid start” for Australia, praising Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood’s work with the new ball.

Now if they could just get some wickets…

7.05pm — Big moves as Pat Cummins wins the toss and bowls

Australia will bowl first but there’s been some big moves at the selection table with Marcus Stoinis in for Cameron Green, with Alex Carey dropped for Josh Inglis.

Brendan Julian on Fox Sports said it “big news” with Carey being dropped.

On Nine, Mark Taylor said Inglis’ inclusion was “a surprise”.

Kerry O’Keeffe said he wasn’t sure Carey’s “head was in the right spot”.

Carey was put LBW for a duck in the six wicket loss to India and hadn’t reached 20 in seven of his last eight innings.

It’s sparked a theory that Carey is still rattled by the Ashes stumping controversy.

AUS XI: David Warner, Mitch Marsh, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins (c), Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa

SA XI: Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi

7pm — Ponting truth Australia ‘can’t afford’

Each team has nine matches in this World Cup, yet Australia’s tournament is hanging by a thread after just one after a first up loss to India.

In a match that got away, Australia had India 3/2 before India chased down the Aussies’ 199 with 8.4 overs remaining in a six wicket win.

But with the best of the best playing, there’s little wiggle room as just four of the 10 teams will make the semi-finals.

On Fox Cricket, Kerry O’Keeffe said that 6-3 record should be enough to make the playoffs.

However, if Australia start the tournament 0-2, it will leave the tournament essentially a knockout for the 2015 champions.

Despite being just Australia’s second clash of the tournament, former Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting said it was very close to a must win.

“Australia, to me, looked to be a fair way off the mark, to be honest, in that game against India,” Ponting said via the ICC Podcast.

“You can’t afford to be zip-and-two (0-2) in a World Cup. We know how important it is to finish up the top of the table.”

But while there’s a potentially bleak result at the end of the match, Ponting said he still has hope, especially if spin leader Adam Zampa can bounce back to form.

“I’ve still got full faith in their squad. It is a very good squad, a very talented squad,” Ponting said.

“We know there’s a lot of all-rounders in that side.

“The other thing that I probably learned is that they’re going to need Adam Zampa bowling well. It’s as simple as that.

“With only Zampa and (Glenn) Maxwell as the recognised spinners in their playing XI for that first game, then a lot of the wicket-taking onus is going to come back on Zampa. It didn’t happen in game one.”

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