England thrash Australia to qualify for Cricket World Cup final

World Cup 2019 Semi-Final Aus vs Eng Playing 11 Live Australia coach Justin Langer with skipper Aaron Finch during nets

World Cup 2019 Semi-Final Aus vs Eng Playing 11 Live Australia coach Justin Langer with skipper Aaron Finch during nets

England are through to their first World Cup final since 1992 after beating Australia by eight wickets at Edgbaston.

England head coach Trevor Bayliss has said he will step down from his position regardless of how the team fares in the Cricket World Cup final against New Zealand on Sunday and the Ashes test series against Australia in August and September. However, they then produced a brilliant display to down India in a rain-affected semi-final at Old Trafford that spanned two days. "I think that's very hard to do in professional sport and there's no weakness in the side", he said.

"It's one of the best one-day teams I've seen and would compete against anyone from previous eras but ultimately they will be judged on Sunday", said Waugh, who won two World Cups with Australia.

Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson have taken 35 wickets between them, posing a twin pace threat of which England should be wary, though the hosts' batting line-up is packed with explosive power and class.

The key to victory, says Morgan, is for England to maintain the same positive approach and not let the occasion at Lord's impact on their decision-making.

Bairstow's prolific opening partnership with Jason Roy has been crucial for England, while captain Morgan's remarkable 148 against Afghanistan was one of the most thrilling innings of the tournament.

And Morgan has urged the hosts "to not shy away" from the pressure of the final as "it's a day to look forward to".

England have won all three of their matches comfortably since his return to the side and he averages an impressive 71 at the tournament.

By reaching the final, England have guaranteed an worldwide match will be shown live on free-to-air television in Britain for the first time since the iconic 2005 Ashes series - a chance to inspire a new generation. "I know what to expect, know what to expect from the crowd". "It's exciting and the people get behind it and feel they're a part of it so it's a great celebration".

England gained a measure of revenge with a 119-run thrashing of New Zealand in a group-stage match earlier in this World Cup.

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.

The ICC event was aimed celebrating the diversity of cricket and brought together social teams from Brazil, Rwanda, Germany, England, Indonesia and India. "That's how everyone starts playing cricket".

Australia easily came out on top in a trans-Tasman clash on that occasion but a well-matched clash is expected at Lord's, the home of cricket.

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