New Zealand Awaits England (4-6) or Australia (6-5) in Cricket World Cup Final

A month and a half of ODIs, centuries, and washouts have come down to this.  Defending champions Australia (6-5) take on hosts England (4-6) in Thursday morning’s second semifinal for the right to play in Sunday’s 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup Final.  The winner will face New Zealand, who withstood India— and the weather— in the first, two-day semifinal.  England have never won the World Cup, but are once again favorites (11-8) to do so this year.

Is Polling Broken? Australian Miss Continues Losing Streak

At around 9:30 p.m. Saturday night on Australia’s east coast, Antony Green, chief elections analyst at the ABC, made his announcement to a half-stunned, half-delirious nation. “At this stage, we think the Morrison Government has been reelected.” Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s conservative Coalition, widely expected to lose to Bill Shorten’s Labor Party after six turbulent years (and three Prime Ministers), instead won a majority government in the House of Representatives. For Labor, it was a crushing and baffling defeat in an election many thought un-losable. For the polling industry, however, the Coalition’s triumph was catastrophic, the latest high-profile miss over an abysmal and embarrassing three-year span.

As the Prime Ministership Turns: Australians Vote Saturday for Even More Change

Australians will be voting for a new Parliament, and possibly, their fourth Prime Minister in six years this weekend. Liberal incumbent Scott Morrison and Labor leader Bill Shorten have been neck and neck throughout the campaign. However, Aussies don’t seem to like either one of them, with up to a quarter unable to state a preference in the polls. Yet, voting is compulsory Down Under, so they’ll have to vote for one of them.

Australians go to the polls much more often than in other Westminster democracies, at every three years. Still, the frequent changes in party and national leadership have made the country something of an international joke.

Australian Open Concludes This Weekend