Australia vs England - Highlights & Stats

Annette Crawford
July 12, 2019

Steve Smith made a battling 85 off 119 balls with Alex Carey (46) - who suffered a nasty blow on the chin from Archer - Glenn Maxwell (22) and Mitchell Starc's (29) contributions dragging Australia past 200, but that was not enough to prevent a first defeat in a World Cup semi-final.

England booked their place in Sunday's World Cup final with an emphatic eight-wicket win over Australia.

Earlier, Aaron Finch's decision to bat appeared to backfire with Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer blowing away the Australian top order.

Bairstow had already been dismissed by then for 34, leaving Eoin Morgan (45) and Joe Root (49) to see England home. "We have played each other a lot over the last couple of years, so it will be whoever holds their nerves, whoever takes the half chances, whoever starts off the game really well in the first ten overs, whether it is with bat or ball", he said. The Aussies are facing the wrath of the English bowlers recreating a similar picture of Indian batsmen against New Zealand yesterday.

They will start the final, which will be shown as free to air on Channel 4, as firm favourites to be crowned world champions. "I have played in one World Cup semi-final and it was a hell of an experience, it was an unbelievable game, so I'm not expecting too much different".

Edgbaston exploded with noise as Finch, David Warner and Peter Handscomb were removed, cheers that were matched in volume by the boos for Warner and Smith.

Pressure more than scoreboard gravity could have been England's biggest demon in their chase of a relatively low total but Roy made his intent clear early on, drilling Starc through the covers for a pair of boundaries in the fifth over.

Starc was serenaded with the song that tortured Mitchell Johnson, and the Hollies Stand howled as Smith was launched for three consecutive sixes by Roy.

The loss of England's opener did little to stop their charge towards to the final, as Root (49no) and captain Morgan (45no) clinched victory with a mammoth 107 balls spare.

"I think New Zealand throughout the whole tournament has been probably the hardest side to beat and the best side in the group stages", said Morgan. It will be England's fourth World Cup final, and New Zealand's second, though neither team has won it. "We came here wanting to win but it wasn't to be".

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