England beat Australia to reach Cricket World Cup final

Ross Houston
July 12, 2019

England swept into their first World Cup final for 27 years as the hosts crushed Australia by eight wickets on Thursday to book a clash with New Zealand in Sunday´s title match.

England's Eoin Morgan and Joe Root celebrate their progression to the World Cup final.

Australia´s first-ever World Cup semi-final defeat, after seven previous victories at this stage, shattered the five-time champions´ hopes of reaching the final for the sixth time in the past seven editions.

Earlier, batting first, Australia found themselves in deep trouble as an excellent spell of bowling by Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer made life hard for batsmen.

Woakes (3-20) removed David Warner, Australia's leading scorer in the tournament, for nine and bowled Peter Handscomb who was making his World Cup debut as replacement for the injured Usman Khawaja. They will now face New Zealand in the final at Lord's on Sunday. It's the game I love, so it's great news that it's on free-to-air'. And it was the very first ten overs of the game in which the semi-final was lost, Australia left dazed, confused and nearly down at 27 for 3.

Meanwhile, Jason Roy was fined two demerit points and 30 per cent of his fee by ICC match referee Ranjan Madugalle after reacting badly to being given out by Kumar Dhamasena, caught behind down the leg side off Pat Cummins for 85.

Although Smith ensured what the crowd knew could have been a tricky chase - they cheered as Roy defended Starc's first over - Roy injected belief with an outrageous flick for six off the left-armer.

Roy dominated his opening stand with Bairstow and smoked Smith for three consecutive maximums, the third a 101-meter blow over the part-time spinner's head.

By the end, as the rain fell, the whole of Edgbaston was telling the world that cricket is coming home.

Thanks to Woakes and fellow pacemen Jofra Archer, Australia collapsed to 14-3 and never really recovered as they were dismissed for 223.

After the risky Starc's early overs were negotiated, Roy cut loose with fearsome power - the third of his sixes off Smith was a monstrous hit into the top tier of the stand.

"Having beaten India in the group stages here we would've come here with similar confidence".

"They put pressure on with early wickets and allowed us to stay on the front foot".

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