Womens World Cup captured publics imagination despite Fifas worst efforts | Marina Hyde

Patronising scheduling set the tournament up to fail but players such as Megan Rapinoe used their platform to highlight how the governing body has let them down Gianni Infantino is one of those intensely political people who believe that as far as everyone else is concerned, there is no place for politics in football. It was just last year at some grimly political press conference in Iran, naturally that the Fifa president announced: Its very clear that politics should stay out of football and football should stay out of politics. Is it? If so, the conclusion of the Womens World Cup on Sunday suggests it is time to ask Infantino how that ones working out for him. So much of …

Mitchell Starc sinks New Zealand after Usman Khawaja lifts Australia

Usman Khawajas dogged 88 and a five-wicket haul for Mitchell Starc steered Australia to an 86-run World Cup victory over New Zealand at Lords Be afraid, England and Wales 2019. The Aussies are coming. Or rather, the Aussies are still coming, after an 86-run defeat of a New Zealand team who seemed consumed by the occasion at Lords. At times in the Black Caps attempts to chase 243 this felt a bit like a Sunday morning junior age group game. Steve Smith sent down some weird, wonky all-sorts. Wickets were greeted with jokey huddles. It took the return of Mitchell Starc to restore a sense of World Cup order, figures of five for 26 reflecting a spell of brutal, high-grade, …