Australia vs England - Highlights & Stats

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England swept into their first World Cup final for 27 years as the hosts crushed Australia by eight wickets on Thursday to book a clash with New Zealand in Sunday´s title match.

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. That forced us to rebuild for such a long time and start to drag some momentum back and then, like I said, you lose a couple of quick wickets again, new batters starting, it is always tough against really good leg-spin and good quicks as well.

The ease of England's progression to the final was such a contrast to the group-stage defeat by Australia that left them on the brink of elimination.

They will start the final, which will be shown as free to air on Channel 4, as firm favourites to be crowned world champions.

Edgbaston exploded with noise as Finch, David Warner and Peter Handscomb were removed, cheers that were matched in volume by the boos for Warner and Smith. What Roy has brought to this England side in the past three matches has been incredible.

Pressure more than scoreboard gravity could have been England's biggest demon in their chase of a relatively low total but Roy made his intent clear early on, drilling Starc through the covers for a pair of boundaries in the fifth over.

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The loss of England's opener did little to stop their charge towards to the final, as Root (49no) and captain Morgan (45no) clinched victory with a mammoth 107 balls spare.

Roy smashed his fourth consecutive fifty in the tournament, clobbering Smith for three sixes in a row.

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

However, experienced campaigner, Steve Smith and Alex Carey made sure the Men in Yellow remain alive in the game.

To stand any chance, Australia needed early wickets and when they failed to materialise, they were powerless to prevent Roy's awesome hitting.

"We had to have a lot of things go right for us". Starc achieved the brilliant feat when he dismissed England opener Jonny Bairstow in the 18th over.McGrath took 26 wickets in Australia's victorious campaign in 2017. "Everyone has bought into the way we have played and it is unfortunate we have come up short".

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