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England to play Australia in World Cup opener

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England have been drawn to play co-hosts Australia in the opening game of the 2015 World Cup.

That match will be played when the tournament gets underway on February 14 of that year, and they will be joined in Pool A with Sri Lanka, the other co-hosts New Zealand and Bangladesh, while the other two spots will be filled by qualifiers.

Six teams have so far been drawn into Pool B, including the reigning champions India, South Africa, Pakistan, West Indies, Zimbabwe and Ireland, who qualified for the competition earlier this month.

The tournament will follow the same format as the 2011 competition, which was co-hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, as the top four teams from each pool will advance to the quarter-finals, when the event becomes a knock-out competition.

England's schedule will include trips back and forth between both host countries, as after facing Australia at the MCG, they will travel to face New Zealand in Wellington, before facing a qualifier in Christchurch and Sri Lanka back in Wellington.

Their final group matches will be against Bangladesh in Adelaide and the second qualifier in Sydney on March 13, almost a month after their campaign will have started.

It is the first time Australia will host World Cup matches since 1992, when Pakistan were the winners, defeating England in the final.

 

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