England thrash Australia by eight wickets to reach World Cup final

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England have reached their first Cricket World Cup final in 27 years by trouncing defending champions Australia by eight wickets, ensuring there will be a first-time victor of the sports biggest prize following the clash against New Zealand on Sunday.

"If you're going to turn up and boo, you shouldn't be here and you're a disgrace to the English game".

Losing to their arch-rivals in front of a gleeful Edgbaston crowd was a painful way for Australia to surrender the trophy they had won four times in the past five tournaments.

The Surrey opener had made 85 to set England well on their way to a victory target of 224 against the reigning champions when Australia appealed for a catch down the legside by wicketkeeper Alex Carey off fast bowler Pat Cummins.

For just the second time in the past seven World Cups, Australia have failed to make the final, but Finch said he was proud of his team's efforts 12 months after they were crushed 5-0 by England in a one-day worldwide series.

The Eoin Morgan-led side produced a scintillating bowling performance and followed it with as sound batting show, leaving Australia in shambles.

Woakes (3-20) and Archer (2-32) nipped the new ball around on a full length.

By the time Australia broke through, with Bairstow trapped lbw by Mitchell Starc, England were over half-way to their target with almost 32 overs remaining. "We have played each other a lot over the last couple of years, so it will be whoever holds their nerves, whoever takes the half chances, whoever starts off the game really well in the first ten overs, whether it is with bat or ball", he said.

While Australia lick their wounds before facing England in the Ashes next month, the progress of Morgan´s team comes after a four-year overhaul.

England didn't get out of the group in Australia and New Zealand - they won only two of their six games and were beaten by Bangladesh.

"So, all in all, we were totally outplayed to be honest all throughout the day, so you look back at that and you can analyse each ten overs, but just outplayed".

"We had to have a lot of things go right for us".

The problem for Roy was that England had already squandered their lone review of the innings with an unsuccessful attempt to overturn fellow opener Jonny Bairstow's lbw dismissal for 34. "They will be a hard side to beat on Sunday, so we are looking forward to it".

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