England trounce Australia to reach Cricket World Cup final

England trounce Australia to reach Cricket World Cup final

Mitchell Starc broke a 12-year record held by Glenn Mcgrath for taking the most wickets at a single World Cup during the semifinal between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Thursday.

Prior to this match, 64% of the games in the tournament had been won by the side batting first but England openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow ensured it was not a nervous chase with a tremendous partnership of 124 off just 104 balls.

As does England's weakness against left-arm pace bowling - and Australia have two of them in Mitchell Starc, the tournament's leading wicket-taker, and Jason Behrendorff.

Eoin Morgan's side will play New Zealand at Lord's on Sunday.

Roy struck five sixes and nine fours before being given out caught behind even though he didn't touch the ball.

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After winning the toss and electing to bat, Australia were bowled out for 223, with England reaching their target with 17.5 overs to spare.

England, in reply, started explosively.

England´s woeful first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup prompted a root-and-branch reform of their approach to one-day internationals for a side that had long placed Test success above all other considerations.

Although Smith had looked nervy at the starts of his innings, making just seven off his first 34 balls, the No.3 brought up a 72-ball fifty - met by more boos than cheers from the partisan crowd.

England opening bowlers Chris Woakes (3-20) and Jofra Archer (2-32) reduced Australia to 14-3 inside the first 10 overs, including Archer removing Finch lbw with his first delivery.

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