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Live Reporting

James Gheerbrant and Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    Well, that just about wraps up proceedings. Thanks for joining us for a record-breaking day of Cricket World Cup action. We will be back at around 21:00 GMT tonight to bring you Bangladesh v Scotland. See you then!

  2. What it means

    Cricket World Cup Pool A table

    So here's how that result affects Pool A. Australia move above Bangladesh into third position and now look almost certain to claim one of the qualification spots. They have the chance to claim second spot if they can beat Sri Lanka on Sunday.

    Afghanistan's hopes of making the quarter-finals look to be all but over, but they can still have a big say in the qualification race when they play England. Gulp.

  3. Captain's view

    Michael Clarke fields

    Australia captain Michael Clarke: "It was a very good win. The boys were outstanding with the bat. David Warner was excellent and the way the others played around him - Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell - was unbelievable. The way we bowled set a good standard for ourselves. Overall, it was much improved from our display against New Zealand.

    "I decided to send Max in ahead of me as we had a chance to break the World Cup record. I was thinking of coming in at four. I would liked to have batted for my own form but it was best for the team to make the decisions I did. I think it proved it was the right thing."

  4. Captain's view

    Mohammed Nabi

    Afghanistan captain Mohammed Nabi: "It's a good experience and Australia played very well, especially Warner and Smith. You know Australia's bowlers are the world's fastest and they bowled very well. The last three games we have played very well, and we take the experience into the next matches."

  5. Post update

    Well, what a very impressive performance from Australia. They batted with magnificent endeavour and innovation, probably making the Afghanistan bowlers look worse than they actually were. Let's not forget that that Afghanistan attack had had Sri Lanka in serious trouble. David Warner was deservedly named man of the match, but for me it was Glenn Maxwell's extraordinary innings that will really linger in the memory.

    Glenn Maxwell bats

    Then with the ball, they were ruthless and clinical, with Mitchell Johnson laying waste to the top order and Mitchell Starc continuing where he left off against New Zealand.

    The result: the most comprehensive defeat in World Cup history.

  6. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "The main element from Afghanistan is their bowling. They have got pace but once Australia got going they couldn't break through. We knew David Warner would be looking forward to the Waca. He looked scratchy early on but once he got his timing and his range he was going all around the park. There aren't many people in world cricket who have his energy and aggression."

  7. Player reaction

    Man of the match David Warner: "Compared to how I was hitting them in the nets, it's great to get out there and play on a fantastic wicket, and it was nice to see the other boys get among the runs too. Afghanistan bowled well, they hit their yorkers, it was impressive. We've got a big game against Sri Lanka, we've got to be upbeat."


    Hassan c Warner b Johnson

    Hassan tries to take on the short ball with a cross-bat shot, but the ball is on him quicker than he expects and he spoons a catch to David Warner at short midwicket.

  9. Australia beat Afghanistan by 275 runs.

  10. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Dave Christensen: Should next CWC prioritise inclusion of more countries or be more compact, shorter competition to not bore fans? Why not both?

  11. Dropped catch

    Afg 140-9

    All over? No! Steve Smith shells a tough chance at third slip when new man Shapoor jams his bat down on one and the ball flies to the cordon.

  12. WICKET

    Zazai c Haddin b Hazlewood 10 (Afg 140-9)

    A chastening defeat for Afghanistan moves one step closer as Zazai gets a little inside edge off one that nips back from Hazlewood.

  13. Afg 140-8 (target 418)

    Mitchell Johnson is handed the nut - can he knock over the last two wickets? Zazai's defensive technique is sturdy enough to survive the latest examination, then an edge from Hassan falls short of the slips.

  14. Afg 138-8

    Josh Hazlewood will be really eager to make an impression today, having come in to the side in place of Pat Cummins, but he hasn't quite got it right today. The young quickie is just bowling slightly too short to really threaten the batsmen in these closing overs. One off the over.

  15. Post update

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "When he dismissed Dawlat Zadran, Mitchell Starc had dismissed 18 opposition batsmen for ducks in ODIs. This is 25.35% of his wickets, which is the highest percentage for any bowler with 50 or more wickets. Second is Wasim Akram 21.91% (110 batsmen dismissed for ducks out of 502 wickets)."

  16. Afg 137-8 (Zazai 9, Hassan 4)

    A bowler who can mop up tailenders with ruthless efficiency is worth their weight in gold in one-day cricket, and Australia have certainly found one in Mitchell Starc. His recipe is simple: fast, full, at the stumps. It nearly brings him another wicket too - he finds Hamid Hassan's edge but the ball doesn't quite carry to first slip.

  17. Afg 135-8

    Here's the figure to watch in the closing stages: 160, which is the score that Afghanistan need to avoid being on the receiving end of the worst defeat in World Cup history. Tough ask at this stage, you'd say. They inch a little closer with three off Josh Hazlewood's latest over.

  18. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Stephen Sadler: Nice to see a team other than England struggling to reach the total posted by the opposition's highest scorer

  19. Afg 132-8

    New man Hamid Hassan is off the mark first ball with a nudge to leg.

  20. WICKET

    Dawlat b Starc 0 (Afg 131-8)

    If you watched the Australia-New Zealand humdinger, you'll know that Mitchell Starc is very, very good at this. Same again: very quick, yorker-length, dipping in to smash the base of off-stump. Dare I suggest that Starc is fast challenging Lasith Malinga as the King of the Yorker?

    Mitchell Starc
  21. Post update

    Brad Hogg

    Ex-Australia spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think the Afghan boys have enjoyed the chance to show their skills against the best in the world. Despite the scorebord, they've held themselves together and noone has backed away from the fast bowler. They can be very proud."

  22. WICKET

    Najibullah b Starc 24 (Afg 131-7)

    Mitchell Starc was cleaning up batsmen far better than Najibullah Zadran against New Zealand with this delivery: fast, full, inswinging yorker. Too good.

    Mitchell Starc appeals
  23. Six

    Afg 131-6

    Najibullah gets away with one when he skips down the track and gets a thick outside edge past fine leg. No luck about his next shot though, charging Maxwell and hammering him into the stands over long on for a big six.

  24. Afg 122-6 (target 418)

    Michael Clarke has had enough of this and turns back to Mitchell Starc to torpedo this pesky partnership. Another quiet over, just a single from it.

  25. Text 81111

    Andrew in York: Afghan performance on a par with ours v Aus. Going to be close match with us for sure

    David in Canterbury: I'm not sorry but for cricket to be a global concern, the associates need to play the test sides more often and bats need to be smaller, this is becoming ridiculous, it's not a fair contest anymore

  26. Afg 121-6

    It does seem as though Afghanistan's ambitions are focused on surviving the 50 overs, which may not make these final few overs much of a contest from an entertainment point of view. Just one from Maxwell's latest over.

  27. Afg 120-6 (Najibullah 13, Zazai 7)

    Momentary excitement as James Faulkner oversteps and gives away a free hit. Afghanistan can't cash in though as Zazai smacks it straight to mid-off.

  28. Afg 116-6

    You could be forgiven for losing interest in this match, but Australia certainly haven't - David Warner puts in a phenomenal effort to haul in the ball before the rope and save a run. He can't save the next one though, as Najibullah dances down the track and drives Maxwell down the ground.

  29. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    James Harris: Rapidly loosing interest in this World Cup. Too many big scores and nothing for the bowlers far too often.

  30. Afg 105-6 (target 418)

    Najibullah steals a single off Faulkner, before Zazai plays a very unconvincing stroke through third man to finally get off the mark.

  31. Afg 103-6

    The new man is Afsar Zazai. Glenn Maxwell is getting some real bite out of the surface and Zazai plays out the remaining four balls cautiously for a wicket maiden.

  32. WICKET

    Nabi c Clarke b Maxwell 2 (Afg 103-6)

    Well, that was curious. Glenn Maxwell's golden day continues as he picks up a wicket with his second ball, enticing Mohammed Nabi into a sweep that balloons up into the air and is pouched at short fine leg.

    Nabi reviews it, suggesting that he doesn't think he's hit it, but the replay shows an obvious deflection off his bat, and he's on his way back to the pavilion.

    Mohammad Nabi walks
  33. Afg 103-5 (Nabi 2, Najibullah 5)

    Faulkner continues. It looks like the batsmen's plan is to play themselves in at leisure and try to bat out the 50 overs in order to improve Afghanistan's net run rate - but even that looks like a forlorn hope at the moment. One from the over.

  34. Afg 102-5

    Mitchell Johnson went the distance in Australia's last game against New Zealand, so this is a big game for him to regain his confidence. He'll rarely have the chance to bowl in a more ego-burnishing situation though - the Afghan batsmen are still reluctant to take him on. Five from the over.

  35. Afg 97-5

    James Faulkner, recalled today for the first time since a side injury, is handed the ball for the first time. He's usually a death overs specialist - then again, this is a moribund Afghanistan innings. Najibullah, it would be fair to say, does not have his eye on chasing down the target - he's happy to play out just a single from the over.

  36. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Dharmendra Ponala: To bring perspective the batsman's milestones should be considered at 75 & 150s than 50 & 100s henceforth.

  37. Afg 96-5

    The new men at the crease are Mohammed Nabi, the captain, and Najibullah Zadran. They play out a watchful over from Johnson, just two from it, but really the Associate nation are just marking time here.

  38. WICKET

    Mangal c Finch b Johnson 33 (Afg 94-5)

    Aaron Finch lives up to his name with a flying catch to get rid of Mangal. Johnson sends a short one across the batsman, who quite deliberately opens the face to run it down to third man, but he doesn't quite get it fine enough and Finch plummets to his right to snag it two-handed above his head. Sensational catch, and this innings is coming apart at the seams for Afghanistan.

    Aaron Finch
  39. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "The main man has gone. He has chipped in some good runs for Afghanistan in the tournament. He tried to sweep one earlier and misjudged it and tried again there and got a top-edge. It is going to be a tough period for Afghanistan now."

  40. WICKET

    Shenwari c Johnson b Clarke 17 (Afg 94-4)

    Shenwari got away with a loopy, top-edge in the last over, but this time, his luck isn't in. He tries to sweep Michael Clarke, he reckons without a bit of extra bounce, and ends up plopping a simple catch into the hands of Mitchell Johnson at short fine leg.

  41. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a vey well bowled bouncer in that over and caught him the batsman a difficult angle. It was perfect line and actually caught him on the bottom of the grill. That is the thing with Johnson, he has this slingey action, which will make him difficult to pick up on this pitch."

  42. Afg 93-3

    Unsurprisingly, Mitchell Marsh is withdrawn from the attack, and replaced by another of Australia's Mitchells: Johnson. At his best, Johnson can extract steep bounce from the surface - and he gets one to spit up onto the splice of Shenwari, who is lucky to see the ball fall safe on the leg side.

    After seeing off a couple of short and quick ones, Shenwari gets his revenge with a punchy drive through mid-off four four.

  43. Afg 88-3 (target 418)

    Shenwari has been very much the main man for Afghanistan so far in this tournament, with scores of 42, 38 and 96 so far. He