Starc sets new record at Cricket World Cup

Ruben Hill
July 11, 2019

England have reached their first Cricket World Cup final in 27 years by trouncing defending champions Australia by eight wickets, ensuring there will be a first-time victor of the sports biggest prize following the clash against New Zealand on Sunday.

England captain Eoin Morgan confirmed his side was unchanged from the one that hammered New Zealand to seal a place in the semis, while Australia's sole adjustment sees Peter Handscomb come in for the injured Usman Khawaja, as had been announced by head coach Justin Langer prior to the game.

England, who were in the semi-finals for the first time since 1992, have lost all three of their World Cup finals.

As does England's weakness against left-arm pace bowling - and Australia have two of them in Mitchell Starc, the tournament's leading wicket-taker, and Jason Behrendorff. "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.

England´s woeful first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup prompted a root-and-branch reform of their approach to one-day internationals for a side that had long placed Test success above all other considerations.

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