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England crush Australia to set up CWC final against NZ

England crush Australia to set up CWC final against NZ

Australian bowlers, who have been outstanding throughout the World Cup, had otherwise seemed helpless today before the England batsmen. "We are probably a different team", he said.

Whichever team makes it through to the final will face New Zealand, who beat India by 18 runs at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

But England fans and players expect much more this time around from the top-ranked one-day outfit which was rebuilt in exhilarating style after a humiliating group-stage exit at the 2015 tournament.

"Whether that's from being involved in the first ball, it's just finding a way to deal with it and get involved in the game as quickly as possible". Australia, on the other hand, had a tough defeat to South Africa in their last game and have an injury concern with Usman Khwaja. Henry returned with three wickets, including the likes of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul.

Mitchell Starc and Smith gave Australia hope, taking them to 217-7, but they then fell in back-to-back balls with Smith (85) being run out after excellent work from Jos Buttler, and Starc (29) edging behind to Buttler off Woakes.

England are probably not going to roll out any improvements to the winning combination.

Captain Aaron Finch has a key role to play and not just with the bat where he has scored 507 runs at an average of 56.33.

"This Sunday is a massive day for British sport with England tantalisingly close to lifting the Cricket World Cup for the first time and Lewis Hamilton setting his sights on his seventh win at Silverstone - all live on Channel 4".

The hosts skipper, Eoin Morgan was not perturbed at losing the toss, saying his side did not mind chasing.

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England have been somewhat shaky throughout periods of the competition.

If the thrills and spills of the India - New Zealand game was anything to go by, the match between Ashes rivals also promises to be an equally high octane number.

His economy has been particularly impressive and Archer has combined well with Mark Wood who is only a wicket behind despite playing a game less.

Yes, the opening partnership of Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy has been giving England a rollicking start, but the middle order has been prolific as well. "I don't think I'll play another World Cup, so individually I think it is the biggest game of my career". "If conditions are bowler-friendly and they put enough runs on the board, they become a unsafe side as you saw in this game".

"For me, being involved in England squads of the past, I never expected to win a World Cup", Plunkett said yesterday.

Australia will be buoyed by the fact that their main weapons - David Warner, Aaron Finch, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins have been in emphatic form. Finch went on to score a century but regular wickets kept the Aussies at bay, eventually failing to make it past 300. The damage is done though as Bairstow had taken an earlier review, unsuccessfully so and that meant the Roy could not take a review.

Things began brightly enough with a big win over Pakistan but went quickly downhill after losses to Australia, England, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and India, before a win over Afghanistan.

Yet it is that result and performance that propelled the hosts back into life.