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Rampant England end Australia's title defence and roar into final

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Rampant England end Australia's title defence and roar into final
Rampant England end Australia's title defence and roar into final
England blow away Australia to reach the Cricket World Cup Final


(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.


(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.


(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.


(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.


(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.


(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.


(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.

Chris Woakes is a world class bowler, puts it in the right area time and time again, (Jofra) Archer getting better and better as he's starting to play more international cricket as well.

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.

Jason Roy (85) and Jonny Bairstow (34) made the chase look like a cakewalk with their fourth successive century opening partnership.

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)

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