England are through to their first World Cup final since 1992 after thrashing defending champions Australia by eight wickets at Edgbaston.
Eoin Morgan’s side produced a brilliant bowling performance to dismiss Australia for 223 after losing the toss and being asked to field, with Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid sharing six weeks.
Australia, who beat England in the group stage, found themselves 14-3 in the seventh over but at least got up to a respectable total thanks to Steve Smith’s 85 and 46 from Alex Carey.
A superb 124-run opening partnership between Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow set England on their way to victory, however, with Roy smashing 14 boundaries in a sensational 65-ball 85.
Both departed in quick succession but England, aiming to win the 50-over World Cup for the first time, still cruised to the target with eight wickets and 17 overs to spare.
The hosts will now face New Zealand in Sunday’s final at Lord’s. Kane Williamson’s side reached the showpiece event with a stunning victory over India in the first semi-final at Old Trafford.
David Warner – 1/5
England fans may have been fearing the worst when the divisive opener crunched the first ball of the match to the ropes, but he nicked off in the third over to a beauty from Woakes.
Aaron Finch – 1/5
Won what most pundits thought was a big toss but then failed to contribute a single run as he was trapped LBW for a golden duck. Then wasted Australia’s review.
Steven Smith – 4/5
Absorbed an enormous amount of pressure early on and attempted to hold the Australian innings together while those around him fell. Was still on course for a century when he was superbly run out by Buttler. Only bowled one over and was hit for three successive sixes by Roy.
Peter Handscomb – 1/5
Saw his middle stump uprooted by Woakes as England reduced Australia to 14-3. Included in the team at the expense of the injured Usman Khawaja but failed to make an impact.
Marcus Stoinis – 1/5
Looks horribly out of form and failed to read a Rashid googly to depart for a second-ball duck. Has not offered Australia much with the ball throughout the tournament and only bowled two overs today.
Glenn Maxwell – 1/5
Smashed one of only two sixes that Australia hit before being deceived by a slower ball from Archer and chipping tamely to cover.
Alex Carey – 4/5
Helped Australia rebuild to 117-3 after the early flurry of wickets but will be disappointed by his dismissal as he whipped Rashid straight to the fielder at deep mid-wicket. Still, another contribution in what has been a wonderful tournament for the wicketkeeper-batsman.
Pat Cummins – 2/5
For one reason or another, his performances in this World Cup have fallen away. Took 11 wickets in his first five matches, but only four in his next five. Dismissed Roy today but the decision would have been overturned if England still had their review.
Mitchell Starc – 3/5
Australia needed their talisman to deliver with the ball after only posting 223, but he was thwarted by England’s excellent openers. Still, he broke an incredible World Cup record and chipped in with the bat, so all in all not the worst day at the office.
Jason Behrendorff – 2/5
Took five wickets in Australia’s victory over England at Lord’s last month but could not make a similar impact here, finishing empty-handed.
Nathan Lyon – 1/5
Saw his first ball sail into the stands and Roy then reversed swept Australia’s first-choice spinner for four more in the same over. Conceded 49 from his five.
Jason Roy – 5/5
Led from the front with a 85 explosive and dynamic runs. Took the game away from Australia, most notably when he smashed three successive maximums, including a 101-metre monster that almost cleared the Edgbaston pavilion.
Jonny Bairstow – 4/5
Only made 34 but played a key role in England’s third successive 100-run opening partnership. Took his tournament tally to 496 runs from ten innings.
Joe Root – 4/5
Saw England home with a typically calm and classy innings. You would expect nothing less from England’s Test captain.
Eoin Morgan – 4/5
Combated the short ball well in a bright cameo and becomes the first captain since Graham Gooch to lead England to a World Cup final.
Ben Stokes – 2/5
Only bowled four innocuous overs and was not required with the bat. But was lively as ever in the field and gave the England team a pre-match talk that may have worked wonders.
Jos Buttler – 3/5
Kept well and his superb throw to run out Smith could have saved England 20 runs which, at the time, felt significant.
Chris Woakes – 5/5
Picked up two early wickets and returned to claim one more to finish with excellent figures of 3-20 from eight overs. A brilliant performance, and should we have expected anything less on his home ground?
Liam Plunkett – 2/5
Failed to influence proceedings as he did so well in the victories over India and New Zealand, finishing wicket-less from his eight overs.
Adil Rashid – 4/5
Appeared to be lacking the usual snap in his delivery stride which makes him so effective but still claimed three wickets – including two in one over – and dismissed dangerman Carey just when Australia were beginning to put their foot down.
Jofra Archer – 4/5
Knocked over Finch with his first ball. Threatened to make further inroads early on – particularly when he hit Carey in the chin with a fierce bouncer. Already one of the best fast bowlers in the world.
Mark Wood – 2/5
Not his most impressive performance of the tournament as he failed to threaten Australia in the same manner as England’s two openers. But he still added to his tally with a rapid yorker that beat Australia’s No. 11 all ends up and wrapped up the innings.
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