England reach World Cup final after defeating Australia

England will face New Zealand at Lord's on Sunday, with one of the two sides certain to win their first World Cup

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England will play in their first men's World Cup final since 1992 after beating Australia by eight wickets at Edgbaston.

Jason Roy made 85 as Eoin Morgan's side put in a complete performance on Thursday, booking themselves a place alongside New Zealand in Sunday's showpiece game at Lord's.

Aaron Finch won the toss for Australia on a sunny morning in Birmingham but after opting to bat, they quickly found themselves in trouble; Jofra Archer dismissed Finch without scoring, before Chris Woakes added the key scalp of David Warner and bowled the recalled Peter Handscomb via inside edge.

While Steve Smith played a crucial role through the middle overs as he helped to rebuild after a difficult start, he never found a willing ally following the dismissal of Alex Carey for 46.

Marcus Stoinis fell to the second ball he faced from Adil Rashid, while a cameo from Glenn Maxwell was just that as England continued to take regular wickets through the middle overs.

Australia ultimately lost their final three wickets for just six runs; Jos Buttler made the vital breakthrough, running out Smith for a well-made 85 of his own, before Woakes and Mark Wood polished off the Australian team that had beaten them so convincingly earlier in the competition.

It quickly became the Roy show thereafter. He looked in prime touch alongside Jonny Bairstow from the very beginning of their innings, with both men driving confidently against Mitchell Starc and Jason Behrendorff.

When Bairstow (34) and Roy were dismissed by Starc and Pat Cummins - the latter of which provoked an angry response from the departing batsman, England were almost home and hosed. Morgan and Joe Root completed the job as England produced their best all-round display of the tournament.

Our coverage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is brought to you in association with Cricket 19, the official video game of the Ashes. Order your copy now at Amazon.co.uk

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