Published: Fri, July 12, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

England thrash Australia by eight wickets to reach World Cup final

England thrash Australia by eight wickets to reach World Cup final

"World Cups are very special, they bring out the best in the best players, so I think that's why Australia have had a very rich history, winning four of the last five", Finch said on Wednesday.

Jason Roy's swashbuckling innings led England to their first World Cup final since 1992 as the hosts crushed Australia by eight wickets at a sold-out Edgbaston. The Aussies are facing the wrath of the English bowlers recreating a similar picture of Indian batsmen against New Zealand yesterday.

"It started with the bowling performance and then the way they knocked that off was outstanding".

England captain Eoin Morgan described it as one of the team's most complete performances in four years, while Australian counterpart Aaron Finch admitted it was his team's worst of the tournament.

They will start the final, which will be shown as free to air on Channel 4, as firm favourites to be crowned world champions.

Jason Roy has avoided suspension, and only been slapped with a 30% fine of his match fees, for his animated outburst aimed at umpire Kumara Dharmasena after being given out - incorrectly - in the World Cup semi-final against Australia at Edgbaston on Thursday.

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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. Archer trapped Finch lbw with his first ball, Woakes got one to climb that Warner fended to first slip, then bowled Handscomb through the gate.

The five-time world champions were unable to cope with the searing spell of swing and seam bowling Archer and Woakes were producing, pitching the ideal lines and lengths in a hostile opening half-an-hour of play.

There was a brief phase, during a 103-run partnership between Steve Smith and Alex Carey, when Australia were threatening to do what countless Australian sides before them have done at these tournaments.

To stand any chance, Australia needed early wickets and when they failed to materialise, they were powerless to prevent Roy's awesome hitting. He dismissed Jonny Bairstow, taking his wickets tally for this World Cup to 27.

Given their team for this tournament only really came together at the last minute, it is to Australia's credit that they made the semi-finals with such ease.

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