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Oz beat England, NZ crush India

ICC World Cup Warm-ups

Oz beat England, NZ crush India

LONDON, May 26: England fell to a 12-run defeat by Australia in a thrilling World Cup warm-up match in Southampton after Steve Smith's first century since being banned for his part in the ball-tampering scandal. Smith hit 116 off 102 balls in an impressively composed innings to steer his side to 297-9. James Vince and Jos Buttler struck fine fifties to seemingly put England on course for victory, only for Australia to regularly peg the hosts back. Needing 15 off the last over, England lost their two final wickets to end a disappointing and disjointed chase. England, who also sustained a series of injury worries, face Afghanistan in another warm-up on Monday before facing South Africa in Thursday's World Cup opener. Defending champions Australia begin their campaign against Afghanistan on 1 June after a warm-up match against Sri Lanka on Monday.. Even in an unofficial match with relaxed rules - Australia named a team of 12 and England were able to bring in substitutes for injured players - the hosts were expected to comfortably chase down a target of under 300. The pitch offered some variable bounce, with both openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow caught off miscued shots, and off-spinner Nathan Lyon was especially canny - but England will be frustrated to have fallen short, even if the result is not likely to have much of an impact on their World Cup campaign. Having to miss Hampshire's One-Day Cup defeat by Somerset at Lord's, Vince emulated England's usual number three Joe Root with an innings of deft accumulation, clips through mid-wicket and mid-on accompanying his trademark cover drives. Buttler changed the tempo of the chase in the 27th over by smacking Nathan Coulter-Nile for 24 off six balls, including two brilliant sixes down the ground and over square leg. He surged to 52 off 30 balls, only to fall to the next delivery when he tamely chipped Coulter-Nile to Usman Khawaja - before Vince guided the ball straight to Lyon in the trap at short third man for 64. BRIEF SCORE: Australia 297-9 (50 overs): Smith 116, Warner 43, Plunkett 4-69 England 285 (49.3 overs): Vince 64, Buttler 52, Behrendorff 2-43 Australia win by 12 runs Trent Boult starred with the ball as New Zealand thrashed India in a World Cup warm-up match at The Oval on Saturday. The left-arm seamer exploited overcast conditions and a pitch with plenty of grass cover to finish with four for 33 as India were skittled out for just 179 in 39.2 overs. Ross Taylor (71) and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson (67) both spent useful time in the middle as the Black Caps won with almost 13 overs to spare. Earlier, Boult removed openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan for two apiece to leave India 10 for two. Ravindra Jadeja (54) and Hardik Pandya (30) were the only India batsmen to make it past 19. India captain Virat Kohli fell for 18 to medium-pacer Colin de Grandhomme when the star batsman was clean bowled by a ball that cut back in off the seam as he aimed towards midwicket. Kohli's men were in danger of being dismissed for under a hundred when MS Dhoni, the captain of the India side that won the 2011 World Cup, fell to Southee to leave his team on 91 for seven. But Jadeja's 50-ball innings, featuring six fours and two sixes, helped rally the tail. India, however, were still bowled out with nearly 10 overs of their innings remaining, with James Neesham taking three for 26. SCORES IN BRIEF INDIA: 179 all out in 39.2 overs (Kohli 18, Pandya 30, Jadeja 54, Yadav 19; Boult 4-33, Neesham 3-26) NEW ZEALAND: 180 for 4 in 37.1 overs (Guptill 22, Williamson 67, Taylor 71; Bumrah 1-2) Result: New Zealand won by 6 wickets.

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