Australian coach Trevor Bayliss was drafted in, sparking an impressive transformation that has seen England climb to number one in the ODI rankings and move to within touching distance of World Cup glory.
"We're just more excited about being on the stage; Lord's, Cricket World Cup final, it doesn't get bigger than that in my opinion".
New Zealand player Trent Boult has said he would rather face Australia than England in the World Cup final on Sunday.
A day to remember for England as they booked their spot in the World Cup final, but a day to forget for the Aussies, who simply had no answer for the entirety.
Australia skipper Aaron Finch had no qualms in admitting that his team was outplayed. They've been there and done it before.
For all the stats that we can churn up, the most significant for most punters is the last meeting between the two teams. "Whoever plays the best cricket will go through", he said.
"But, if it we feel it is going to turn we will lean towards a spinner". Usman Khawaja has been ruled out of the rest of World Cup.
"If I didn't go and New Zealand won the World Cup I'd never forgive myself so I have to go".
The result marks an incredible turnaround for Eoin Morgan's side, who were on the brink of elimination in the group stage until back-to-back wins over India and the Black Caps secured a semi-final showdown with Australia at Edgbaston.
New Zealand stunned India in one of the tournament's greatest ever boilovers after dishing up a near ideal second innings performance in the field.
"There has been a lot made of the fear factor of playing against Australia, but I think this group of players over the last four years, their experiences against Australia are very positive", said Root. But England's new ball bowlers Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer were exceptional, to say the least.
"If we can combat that and make a good start, we'll give ourselves a better chance of either closing a total down or setting a big one which is hard to chase".
"They bowled extremely well with the new ball (in the previous encounters) and those early wickets basically dictated the way the game went". "We were just totally outplayed today". We will watch them with interest.
One consistently solid feature of the England squad is Joe Root.
Australia wicketkeeper Alex Carey had his helmet knocked off by an Archer bouncer and required several minutes of on-field treatment before resuming his innings but he and Smith took the score to 55-3 after 16 overs.
As things stand, it appears England will be unchanged for Thursday's game, which means Plunkett is set to keep his place and Moeen Ali will again miss out.