Champions Trophy: Eoin Morgan wants England to knock Australia out

Cheryl Sanders
June 20, 2017

Victory saw England into the last four of a tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day global sides after an eight-wicket defeat of Bangladesh at the Oval last week, regardless of the result of their last Group A match against arch-rivals Australia at Edgbaston on Saturday.

A win in their final Group A game at Edgbaston on Saturday would put their old rivals on a plane home, but if England let them off the hook they could face them in the final at The Ovalon Sunday week.

England produced an all-round performance to beat New Zealand by 87 runs and storm into the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy, here on Tuesday.

"We all know the importance of getting wickets early in the innings and putting the team under pressure", he said.

"That's the challenge tomorrow".

"I am sure we will come hard at their top order which is playing very well".

New Zealand had enjoyed success with the short ball in bowling England out for 310 but, although Kane Williamson compiled an extremely impressive 87, once he was dismissed 311 always looked beyond them.

"Of course. any England-Australia game is a huge game", he said.

They were well supported by premier all-rounder Ben Stokes who scored crucial 48 runs and along with Buttler, added the late flourish to the England innings.

"It's a great feeling - obviously we've got one more game against the Aussies and it would be nice to beat them and go unbeaten in the group stage", said Ball, the nephew of former England wicket-keeper Bruce French.

"England outplayed us in all areas today - credit to them for the way they went about their business, especially with ball in hand".

Bangladesh was just four overs away from all but certain defeat and tournament elimination when rain came to its rescue against Australia.

With Australia and Bangladesh sharing the spoils in their draw on Monday, England now lead Group A with four points.

Corey Anderson was New Zealand's best with the ball with three wickets for 55.

"If a couple of guys start scoring in the next game, we are a very risky side", Tamim said.

An equal fight was expected by both the teams but England made it with a comfortable victory.

The two sides know each other well as Bangladesh toured New Zealand last winter.

Should Australia win, it will extend their stay in Birmingham where they would play in the second semi-final against the victor of Group B - which is likely to be South Africa or India - on June 15.

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