Wood strikes key blow as England reach Champions Trophy semi-finals

Wood strikes key blow as England reach Champions Trophy semi-finals

Ross Houston
June 15, 2017

As England beat New Zealand by 87 runs to become the first team to move into the semifinals, let us have a look at a few turning points of the game.

England captain Eoin Morgan praised his bowlers after they beat New Zealand by 87 runs in Cardiff on Tuesday to be the first team to qualify for the Champions Trophy semi-finals.

"He was excellent. He bowled a heavy ball and he can still get better".

Joe Root (64) and Ben Stokes (48) all impressed after England were put into bat, while Jos Buttler raced to an unbeaten 61 off 48 balls, though they were unable to complete 50 overs.

"We won t think too much about it. but it is always nice to know that would be the outcome if we did win", said Buttler.

A win for Australia in the final group stage game will lift them through to the semis.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson made a brilliant hundred against Australia before following up with 87 against England - a match where he was fined but not banned for a dreadfully slow over-rate.

Both teams have a point apiece in the one-day global tournament after they were each well beaten by England, while their respective matches with Australia ended in rain-induced no results.

Earlier, Buttler's knock which came off just 48 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes provided the just-needed impetus to England's innings to get past the 300-run mark. "It's a must-win game and as a bowling unit we definitely need to take wickets".

England mastered the tricky conditions to reinforce their credentials as one of the tournament favourites with an excellent team performance in which everyone contributed.

"Any game between England and Australia is a huge game and has that edge but it would be nice (to send them home)", Buttler said. "I don't know what's going to happen".

"They have serious quality players".

"The persistence and mind set the guys showed kept us in good stead, so when we eventually took a wicket we took two, and could build on that".

Tuesday's success means England will return to the Welsh capital as Group A victor for a last-four clash against the Group B runner-up on June 14.

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