England cruises into World Cup final

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 14:15

Eng­land cruised in­to their first ICC World Cup fi­nal since 1992 with a crush­ing eight-wick­et win over de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Aus­tralia at Birm­ing­ham on Thurs­day.

The vic­to­ry was set up by a fiery open­ing spell of fast-bowl­ing from Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer, who ran through the Aus­tralian top or­der and even­tu­al­ly saw them dis­missed for 221 in­side of 50 overs.


Open­ers Ja­son Roy and Jon­ny Bairstow (34) then made light work of the to­tal with a 124-run part­ner­ship which set the Eng­lish on their march to the fi­nal.

Roy hit a 65-ball 85, in­clud­ing nine fours and five six­es, and was un­lucky to be ad­judged caught down the leg side by wick­et­keep­er Alex Carey off a Pat Cum­mins bounc­er down the leg side which re­plays showed he didn’t touch. His chal­lenge of the bad de­ci­sion by um­pire Ku­mar Dhar­mase­na may yet cost him as he could pos­si­ble face a ban or even a fine. By then, how­ev­er, with the score on 147 for two, the re­sult was nev­er in ques­tion.

Joe Root (49*) and skip­per Eoin Mor­gan (45*) had the ho­n­our of putting the fi­nal on a good day’s work to the de­light of the home fans, who have been wait­ing to see this team get to Lord’s for years now,

Skip­per Mor­gan’s side will now meet New Zealand in the fi­nal Sun­day at Lord’s.

Ear­li­er, open­ing pac­ers Archer and Woakes rocked the Aussies’ foun­da­tion ear­ly in the pro­ceed­ings. Archer had skip­per Aaron Finch trapped lbw off the very first ball he faced be­fore David Warn­er, who had a chance to sur­pass In­dia’s Ro­hit Shar­ma as the lead­ing run-scor­er, was dis­missed two runs short of that mark when he edged Woakes to wick­et­keep­er Jos But­tler for nine. Pe­ter Hand­scomb, in his first game, fol­lowed quick­ly af­ter, bowled by Woakes, to leave the Aussies reel­ing at 14 for three.

Alex Carey joined Smith and the two shared a 103-run fourth part­ner­ship to en­gi­neer a re­build­ing dri­ve of sorts. Carey, who re­ceived treat­ment af­ter he was struck on the chin by a sharp ris­ing de­liv­ery from Archer which drew blood off the third ball he faced, fought on from that point, when he was on just four, to get 46 from 70 balls with four fours

But when Carey be­came the first wick­et of leg-spin­ner Adil Rashid, his wick­et al­so brought that of Mar­cus Stoi­nis, trapped in front for a duck, in the same over and the Aussies again slipped to 118 for five.

Af­ter that, Smith, whose 85 came off 119 balls and in­clud­ed six fours, on­ly got help from Glenn Maxwell (22) and Mitchell Starc (29) be­fore he was run out at the non-strik­er’s end go­ing for a quick sin­gle with Starc by a bril­liant throw from But­tler to­wards the end.

Woakes was the best Eng­land bowler with three for 20, Rashid added three for 54 and Archer two for 32.


AUS­TRALIA 221 (49) (Steve Smith 85, Alex Carey 46, Chris Woakes 3/20, Adil Rashid 3/54) v ENG­LAND (Ja­son Roy 85, Joe Root 49, Eoin Mor­gan 45, Pat Cum­mins 1/34)

RE­SULT: Eng­land won by 8 wick­ets