ICC World Cup: Stuart Broad misses hat-trick for England against Australia

Stuart Broad struck a massive blow for England with the wicket of Australian batsmen David Warner and Shane Watson with consecutive balls in the World Cup opener on Saturday.

Just when skipper Eoin Morgan's decision to send the Aussies into bat looked it may backfire, the giant Broad stepped up to rock the home side. He bowled the dangerous Warner for 22 and then with the next ball in his fourth over had Watson caught behind for a duck.

Australia, who had breezed on a 50-run opening stand off just 37 balls, were rocking at 57 for two in the eighth over.

Steve Smith, however, kept out the hat-trick ball by digging out a Broad yorker.

Chris Woakes put down a sharp chance at mid-wicket before Aaron Finch had scored in James Anderson's opening over and the little opener profited to be 33 off 27 balls.


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