Steve Smith defiance helps Australia to 223 all out against England

Ruben Hill
July 12, 2019

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

England held their nerves to crush Australia in the second semi-final of ICC World Cup 2019 to make it to the finals.

Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc set a new record for most wickets at a single World Cup when he had England's Jonny Bairstow lbw in the semi-finals at Edgbaston on Thursday.

Morgan struck a boundary to seal the win and move England to 226-2 after Australia was 223 all out in 49 overs. "They put pressure on with early wickets and allowed us to stay on the front foot".

By the time Australia broke through, with Bairstow trapped lbw by Mitchell Starc, England were over half-way to their target with almost 32 overs remaining.

Since then they have beaten India, New Zealand and turned in this, their best performance of the tournament to date.

Roy controversially had to walk despite clearly not hitting the ball as Carey took the catch, but ultimately it was a procession for England as Root and Morgan ensured a first win over Australia at a World Cup since 1992.

Roy's sublime strokeplay for his 85 and Woakes's 3-20 were the two outstanding individual contributions but Adil Rashid's leg spin delivered three wickets, including the stubborn Carey to break a 103-run partnership with Steve Smith.

Warner and Finch put on nine runs, Bairstow and Roy 119 and that was the big difference and won the game for England.

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.

"It's been a process for the last four years".

"One of those days, we didn't execute as we could have and you get hurt by a good team.We came here with a couple injuries but that's not an excuse".

"So there was quite a drastic change in the way we played and the way we looked at playing our 50-over cricket". Eoin Morgan's side ended Australia's bid to retain the World Cup in ruthless fashion at Edgbaston, dismissing their old rivals for 223 and then powering to victory in 32.1 overs thanks to Jason Roy's blistering 85.

"We have worked with local police forces around the country throughout the tournament to prevent the World Cup being used as a platform for political protests. They will be a hard side to beat on Sunday, so we are looking forward to it".

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