England beat Australia to reach Cricket World Cup final

England beat Australia to reach Cricket World Cup final

It will be England's fourth World Cup final, and New Zealand's second, though neither team has won it.

England have reached their first Cricket World Cup final in 27 years by trouncing defending champions Australia by eight wickets, ensuring there will be a first-time victor of the sports biggest prize following the clash against New Zealand on Sunday.

Dharmasena was involved in some considerable controversy during the game in Birmingham, with Jason Roy reacting angrily after being given out by the Sri Lankan official.

Roy, who had struck a magnificent 85 off 65 balls, was given out caught behind off Pat Cummins, although television replays showed the ball had not touched his bat or glove as he attempted a pull shot.

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Roy, his arms spread wide, clearly believed Dharmasena should have signalled a wide delivery instead and the furious batsman had to be ushered away from the crease by square leg umpire Marais Erasmus.

He was subsequently fined 30 percent of his match fee and handed two demerit points for his response to the decision.

The problem for Roy was that England had already squandered their lone review of the innings with an unsuccessful attempt to overturn fellow opener Jonny Bairstow's lbw dismissal for 34.

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