England trounce Australia to reach Cricket World Cup final

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England trounce Australia to reach Cricket World Cup final

With another match unfolding itself to be critical to both the teams wanting to get hold of the Cup, Australia face England at Birmingham in the second semi-finals in the ICC World Cup. South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis and Root's teammate Jonny Bairstow round up the top-3 with 10 and 9 catches respectively to their names in the ongoing World Cup.

Finch exuded confidence ahead of his team's much-anticipated World Cup semi-final against England at Edgbaston on Thursday.

Joe Root and Eoin Morgan continued to collect runs and find boundaries on a consistent basis as Australia's bowlers wilted at Edgbaston. England, who lost three World Cup finals in 1979, 1987 and 1992, now have a golden opportunity to win the elusive crown with a victory against New Zealand at Lord's on Sunday.

England opener Jason Roy smashed three sixes in a row in his 85 off 65 balls, helping England reach its target in just 32.1 overs.

"We got off to a flyer and when chasing a relatively small total, that's the difference".

England, in reply, started explosively. Jofra Archer got the big scalp of and Chris Woakes sent back unsafe David Warner and young Peter Handscomb to reduce Australia to 14/3.

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 flawless lines and lengths in a hostile opening half-an-hour of play.

Carey continued and shared a 103-run fourth-wicket partnership off 127 balls with Smith but the former was caught at midwicket off Adil Rashid for 46 and a googly from the leg-spinner then accounted for Marcus Stoinis (0) four balls later.

Steve Smith was later run out on 85 runs as Australia finished up below-par 223 runs.

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