Australia 'outplayed' by England in World Cup semi, says Finch

Ruben Hill
July 12, 2019

Mitchell Starc has broken Glenn McGrath's record for the most wickets in a World Cup, claiming his 27th scalp in Thursday's semi-final against England.

"If you're going to turn up and boo, you shouldn't be here and you're a disgrace to the English game". The five-time champions have won four of the last five World Cup titles and captain Aaron Finch is confident that they can capture another.

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.

For just the second time in the past seven World Cups, Australia have failed to make the final, but Finch said he was proud of his team's efforts 12 months after they were crushed 5-0 by England in a one-day worldwide series.

But on Sunday they will contest a Lord's final with New Zealand, which Morgan could not have foreseen after their miserable outing in Australia and New Zealand last time out. Later, captain, Eoin Morgan, and Joe Root chipped in with 45 and 49-run unbeaten cameos to take England home in 32.1 overs with eight wickets in hand.

"Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer bowled a hell of a spell".

"It started with the bowling performance and then the way they knocked that off was outstanding". Mustafizur Rahman of Bangladesh is second on this list, with 20 wickets.

While Australia lick their wounds before facing England in the Ashes next month, the progress of Morgan´s team comes after a four-year overhaul. We know how dominant they are when they get on top.

Till previous year, Australia were looking down and out.

Roy initially asked for a review, and replays showed he hadn't touched the ball, but he had to leave the field after it was pointed out to him that Jonny Bairstow had already used up England's challenge.

"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".

By contrast, Australian captain Aaron Finch did his best to put a courageous face on Australia's first-ever semi-final defeat after seven previous triumphs.

"I don't think it was a bad wicket, we just found the right length and they had to rebuild and we kept the pressure on".

'Sunday's not a day to shy away from: it's a day to look forward to.

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