NAM 7/0 (0.6 ov, Michael van Lingen 4*, Nikolaas Davin 1*, Josh Hazlewood 0/7) – Live – Australia vs Namibia, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 2024, 24th Match, Group B Match Live Score, Summary

8:31pm The players are already out in the middle now. van Lingen and Davin to open for Namibia. Hazlewood to take the new ball for Australia – here we go!

8:29pm Looks like the covers are coming off now. Fingers crossed that this is the last we see of rain over the next four hours or so.

8:27pm The national anthems are done but hang on…it has started drizzling and the covers are being brought on. Looks like we will have a slight delay to proceedings.

8:23pm The players stride out, hand in hand with their mascots. We will have the national anthems before the start of play. Namibia’s national anthem is up first and it will be followed by Australia’s anthem.

Ravi: “With all the talk of Australia qualifying with a win today and England needing to win against Oman and Namibia, wouldn’t it be amazing if Namibia beat both Australia and England and Scotland beat Australia so Scotland and Namibia qualify for the next round?”

8:20pm Australia bowl first, like they did against Namibia in the warm-up fixture. Namibia will want to make a better fist of things this time round. Starc is absent and that might make new-ball batting a little easier, although Cummins and Hazlewood are very capable inside the powerplay.

Adam Zampa: If we play to full potential, we can definitely test it out at the back end. Playing good cricket at the right time is important. (On the breeze) We are pretty familiar with a lot of the Caribbean grounds. It is a conversation we have had. Lot of guys have played in the Caribbean and you have to make use of it, when batting and bowling. (On how he is feeling after the time off) Feeling great. Had a bit of family time to freshen up and this was my priority 100%. We played against them (Namibia) in the warm-up, got a bit of information and know a bit of their players now. Will be a challenge tonight for sure.

Pitch Report: Relatively equal square boundaries – 65m to one side, 67m to the other. 75m hit straight down the ground. Aaron Finch says it looks a good wicket. Not a huge amount of grass but it does look very hard. It will be interesting to see the pace off the surface, Finch adds. He cites the example of Adam Zampa, who has been bowling quite stump-to-stump as possibly the way to go and concludes it is a very good wicket overall.

Namibia XI: Michael van Lingen, Nikolaas Davin, Jan Frylinck, Gerhard Erasmus (c), Zane Green (wk), David Wiese, Ruben Trumpelmann, JJ Smit, Bernard Scholtz, Jack Brassell, Ben Shikongo

Australia XI: David Warner, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh (c), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stonis, Tim David, Matthew Wade (wk), Pat Cummins, Nathan Ellis, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

8pm It’s toss time. Marsh and Erasmus are out in the middle. Marsh gives it a spin. Tails is the call but heads it is. Australia will bowl first. Marsh says it is a nice wicket and they want to see how it fares. Ellis comes in for Starc, who “did not quite pull up from the last game”, Marsh says. Adds that they are looking forward to the challenge tonight. Reckons both sides look a little short and that sort of makes it easier, rather than having just one short side.

Erasmus says he would have bowled first too. He hopes he can pull off an upset by beating the “mighty” Australia. Three changes for Namibia. Youngster Jack Brassell gets a go, as does Ben Shikongo. There is a change at the top of the order too, with Michael van Lingen replacing JP Kotze.

7:55pm Australia and Namibia have not played a competitive T20I yet. But they did meet in a warm-up game prior to this tournament, with Australia cruising to a seven-wicket win. Here is all that happened.

7:50pm As we get ready for today’s action, you can catch up with the latest episode of ESPN’s Around The Wicket featuring Aaron Finch, Tim Paine and Lisa Sthalekar where they look back at the recent stories in the T20 World Cup.

7:40pm This group stage has seen everything so far – whether it be Super Overs, upsets or fairy tale arcs. And that, as Andrew Fidel Fernando aptly writes, is making cricket great again.

7:30pm A walk into the unknown. For both Australia and Namibia. Having only played in Barbados previously this T20 World Cup, they now move to Antigua, unaware of what could be in store. Australia and Namibia have also never played a T20I at this venue, whereas Australia’s last competitive international fixture was way back in 2008.

A walk into the unknown, though, also brings with it unparalleled intrigue. Neither knows what could happen, but both of them will also be aware of all that can happen.

Australia, after an iffy start against Oman, got their engine purring beautifully against England. Almost all of their batters have, across two games, spent some time out in the middle and the cricketing grand slam, which might have felt ludicrous a year or so ago, does not seem as distinct a possibility anymore.

Namibia are placed slightly more precariously. They simply must win against a seemingly indomitable foe. Strange things, however, have happened in T20 World Cup cricket before, and there is precedent of a lesser-fancied African side beating Australia in the group stage. So, Namibia arrive in Antigua, perhaps slightly daunted but with belief that they can produce the game of their lives.

Hello and welcome to ESPNcricinfo’s live coverage of the 2024 men’s T20 World Cup. It is Match 24 and we are at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua. The brief for Australia is clear: win and take their place in the Super Eight. The objective is even more straightforward for Namibia: win and stay alive in the competition. Hop on, this should be fun!

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