England eye India, NZ games as quarter-finals: Root

. England’s 64-run loss to Australia at Lord’s on Tuesday left their qualification hopes in the balance with Bangladesh, Pakistan (both one point behind) and Sri Lanka (two points behind with a game in hand) breathing down their necks.

BIRMINGHAM (Online): Fourth-placed England will be playing two virtual ‘quarter-finals’ at the World Cup when they face India and New Zealand in their last two round robin matches as they look to seal a semi-final spot, star batsman Joe Root has said.

England’s 64-run loss to Australia at Lord’s on Tuesday left their qualification hopes in the balance with Bangladesh, Pakistan (both one point behind) and Sri Lanka (two points behind with a game in hand) breathing down their necks. England have not beaten India or New Zealand in seven attempts at the World Cup since 1992 but Root is confident they can still reach the knockout stages. “We’ll see these two games as quarter-finals… which in a way when it comes round to the knockout stage should serve you well,”

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