(SOUNDBITE) (English) EOIN MORGAN, ENGLAND CAPTAIN, SAYING: "I think particularly the bowling unit, when you perform like that, continue to take wickets along with a little bit of luck.
But we were quite persistent in the length that we bowled, stuck to our plans, our plans managed to work even when (Steve) Smith and (Alex) Carey started to dominate and grow in the partnership they did, we managed to find something, an opportunity.
We didn't drop a catch on Adil (Rashid), which was great, allowed him to build momentum and build confidence and he bowled brilliantly." 2.
WHITE FLASH 3.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) EOIN MORGAN, ENGLAND CAPTAIN, SAYING: "They're a very strong side with a lot of top class bowlers.
Obviously (Mitchell) Starc's had a very good tournament and Nathan Lyon's an exceptional test match bowler that can have a good day any day.
"I think that the way we took advantage of conditions we batted well on a very good batting wicket, it suited us.
We can have bad days where it doesn't come off but we stuck to the way we play and that was satisfying." 4.
WHITE FLASH 5.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) EOIN MORGAN, ENGLAND CAPTAIN, SAYING: "I think the performance in the last three games I think we've got better and better as a group.
We talked before the tournament that we would have to do that in order to get to the semi-final and final and actually be contenders.
So I think today was I suppose a step further in the performance, and adding on the two we've built on already I think it's important we did that." 6.
WHITE FLASH 7.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) EOIN MORGAN, ENGLAND CAPTAIN, SAYING: "It's been in process for the last four years, in 2015 we were way off the mark, we struggled against the top teams and actually the teams that sat below that.
There was quite a drastic change in the way that we played and looked at playing our 50 over cricket.
That has worked out extremely well for us and given the support we've had, the ECB and the backroom staff, as players we've taken that I suppose as far as we can so far." 8.
WHITE FLASH 9.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) AARON FINCH, AUSTRALIA CAPTAIN, SAYING: "Definitely in the first 10 overs of the game.
We know that they're going to come really aggressive at us with the bat so we have to be aggressive with the ball to create 10 chances and take them as well.
It wasn't going to be a game, especially against England, it wasn't going to be a game that peters out into the 47th or 48th over it was going to be ultra-aggressive and they got on top of us early with the bat.
But the damage was really done with the ball, that sets you back, that forced us to rebuild for such along time and started to drag some momentum back.
And like I said you lose a couple of quick wickets again, new batters starting, it's always tough against really good leg spin and good quicks as well." 11.
WHITE FLASH 12.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) AARON FINCH, AUSTRALIA CAPTAIN, SAYING: "We were just totally outplayed to be honest, all throughout the day.
So you look back at that, you can analyse each 10 overs but just outplayed." 13.
WHITE FLASH 14.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) AARON FINCH, AUSTRALIA CAPTAIN, SAYING: "They've got bowlers who can hit the seam.
If there's anything in the wicket they'll certainly get it out of it.
So it definitely wasn't a surprise.".
STORY: England snuffed out Australia's title defence and stormed into the Cricket World Cup final with a comprehensive eight-wicket victory over the five-times champions in the second semi-final on Thursday (July 11).
Eoin Morgan's men skittled out Australia for 223 before romping to their target in 32.1 overs in a lop-sided battle between the hosts and the holders at Edgbaston.
Joe Root (49 not out) and Morgan (45 not out) completed the formalities for England who avenged their group-stage defeat by Australia at a venue where they had won 10 previous matches across all formats.
England, who last made the final in 1992 when they lost to Pakistan, will meet 2015 runners-up New Zealand on Sunday at Lord's where new champions will be crowned.
Earlier, Aaron Finch's decision to bat appeared to backfire with Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer blowing away the Australian top order.
Archer struck with his first delivery to dismiss Finch and later left Alex Carey with a bloodied chin which needed stitches.
By then, the setback had snowballed into a full-blown crisis for Australia.
Woakes (3-20) removed David Warner, Australia's leading scorer in the tournament, for nine and bowled Peter Handscomb who was making his World Cup debut as replacement for the injured Usman Khawaja.
Archer oozed hostility at the other end, hitting a hopping Carey on the grill of his helmet and dislodging it from his head.
Carey braved the blow to join Steve Smith in a dogged bid to arrest the free-fall and Australia reached the 100-mark in the 25th over before their middle order caved in.
Adil Rashid claimed 3-54, including the wickets of Carey (46) and Marcus Stoinis, and Archer sent back Glenn Maxwell, who scored at a run-a-ball for his 22 before being deceived by a slower ball.
Smith was run out for 85 in the 48th over and Australia could not last their full quota of 50 overs.
Smith and Carey scored more than half their team's total and were among only four Australian batsmen who managed double-digit scores.
Their slim victory chances hinged on their ability to subject England to a similar top-order collapse but Roy and Bairstow batted with the kind of fearlessness which has been the hallmark of this England team.
Roy smashed his fourth consecutive fifty in the tournament, clobbering Smith for three sixes in a row.
Mitchell Starc, who made 29 with the bat, dismissed Bairstow and Pat Cummins denied Roy his century but the match had slipped through Australia's fingers by then.
(Production: Andy Ragg)
💡 One News Page Knowledge: Other News Mentions
England v West Indies: Dom Bess dismisses Shai Hope for 16 after Ben Stokes catchFrustrated England get their first wicket of the day as Dom Bess dismisses Shai Hope for 16 as the West Indies batsman edges to Ben Stokes at slip.
England v West Indies: Stuart Broad 'angry' at being left out of TestEngland pace bowler Stuart Broad says he is "angry, frustrated and gutted" to have been left out of the first Test against West Indies in Southampton.
Graham Thorpe: No room for racism in our sport
Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO Duration: 00:29Published
England v West Indies: Shannon Gabriel bowls Dominic Sibley as Test cricket returnsWest Indies' Shannon Gabriel bowls England's Dominic Sibley with just the 10th delivery of the day as Test cricket returns at the Ageas Rose Bowl.
Black Lives Matter: England & West Indies kneel before first ball at Ageas Rose BowlEngland and West Indies players take the knee before the first ball of the day to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Cricket players will need more mental health support, says coach Upton
Credit: Reuters - Sports Duration: 05:54Published
United cruise to 3-0 win over villaBIRMINGHAM: Manchester United kept up their chase for a top-four spot with a comfortable 3-0 win at relegation-threatened Aston Villa in the Premier League last..
Live music figure calls for more support for venues
Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO Duration: 01:43Published
How a high street has been changed by coronavirusMany of the independent businesses in a Birmingham suburb are not sure when they will open again.
Birmingham taxi driver beaten by fare-dodging passengerVideo shows the driver being repeatedly struck in the face by the assailant, who then walks away.
Sheffield Utd team arrives at Aston Villa for Premier League returns
Credit: Reuters - Sports Duration: 04:53Published
'No rush' for ICC to make decision on T20 World Cup, Richardson says
Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO Duration: 00:42Published
Cricket Australia boss says Twenty20 World Cup schedule under 'very high risk'
Credit: Reuters - Sports Duration: 01:47Published
Chris Woakes explains how he is safely back in training
Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO Duration: 01:12Published
You Might Like
Related news from verified sources
Tweets about this
Related videos from verified sources