England thrash Australia by eight wickets to reach World Cup final

Ruben Hill
July 12, 2019

Fittingly, it was Morgan who hit the winning runs as England romped home in just 32.1 over and entered their first World Cup final after a long gap of 27 years.

Neither the hosts, nor New Zealand have laid their hands on the coveted trophy so far. The Eoin Morgan-led side produced a scintillating bowling performance and followed it with as sound batting show, leaving Australia in shambles.

Their slim victory chances hinged on their ability to subject England to a similar top-order collapse but Roy and Bairstow batted with the kind of fearlessness which has been the hallmark of this England team. He manipulated his bowlers well, he could have easily backed off but he didn't. "England should be happy they are playing at Edgbaston and not Lord's", said Nasser before adding, "England has played two good games and in conditions that you will get in Edgbaston, Australia's swing bowlers will be less effective than they would have been at Lord's".

Bringing in all the experience of the 117 ODIs he had played before this game, Smith put his head down and kept waiting for the bad balls to score till an effort to run a quick single saw him being run out in the 48th over. Starc was dismissed off the very next ball by Woakes and Mark Wood castled Jason Behrendorff as Australia were shot out for 223 with an over remaining.

The problem for Roy was that England had already squandered their lone review of the innings with an unsuccessful attempt to overturn fellow opener Jonny Bairstow's lbw dismissal for 34.

Archer struck with his first delivery to dismiss Finch and later left Alex Carey with a bloodied chin which needed stitches. A bloodied chin notwithstanding, Carey was ready to battle it out for his team. Leg-spinner Adil Rashid broke the threatening stand as Carey (46) picked out substitute fielder James Vince at the boundary. The 103-run partnership was broken against the run of play. Rashid sent back new man Marcus Stoinis for a duck with a googly in the same over to leave Australia struggling at 118/5.

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.

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