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Finch proud of Australia despite heavy England defeat

Finch proud of Australia despite heavy England defeat

New Zealand's Martin Guptill has struggled badly in England and Wales, eking out just 167 runs in nine innings, a sharp contrast from 2015, when he finished as the top runscorer in the tournament, hitting an unbeaten 237 against the West Indies.

After the World Cup, England play a one-off test against Ireland on July 24 before the first Ashes test begins on August 1 at Edgbaston.

Eoin Morgan's England can cap a stunning white-ball transformation in Sunday's Cricket World Cup final but awaiting them at Lord's will be a New Zealand side chasing their own slice of history.

Chris Woakes was England's star performer at Edgbaston as he dismantled the Australia top-order including taking the big wicket of David Warner to return figures of 3-20.

"It's been a process for the last four years", Morgan said after his team ended Australia's title defense at Edgbaston.

He has combined with Jofra Archer to give the England pace attack a sharper edge, with the new-ball pair claiming a combined 32 wickets together in 10 matches.

Former World Cup-winning captain Steve Waugh has warned England they will need to bring their A game to Lord's if they are to win the competition for the first time.

Morgan struck a boundary to seal the win and move England to 226-2 after Australia was 223 all out in 49 overs.

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"I have always been a believer that four or five years is long enough, whether you are doing well or not", Bayliss told BBC Radio.

"I think that as a management, senior players, I'm sure over the next couple of months or so we will sit down and start talking about that and start planning how we think that we can best plan and prepare and improve over the next four years to get us to go, well two steps further".

"If we do that, we know we will play good cricket and the opposition will have to play even better to beat us".

"We have created the opportunity to play in a World Cup final".

Morgan, however, will not take anything for granted, especially against Kane Williamson's team who upstaged India in the first semi-final in Manchester.

Batting great Sachin Tendulkar said Williamson's "captaincy and composure" played a key part in the victory over India. "It will be a matter of the same again trying to produce everything that we can performance-wise but enjoy the day", skipper Eoin Morgan was his relaxed self after the semi-final win.

"I think Sunday's not a day to shy away from, it's a day to look forward to", said Morgan, an outrider in English cricket in becoming an ODI specialist when the steely Dubliner realised his Test career had stalled.