BIRMINGHAM: England made it to the Cricket World Cup finals for the first time after 27 years as the hosts thrashed traditional rivals Australia to book a place in the Sunday’s title match against New Zealand here on Thursday.
Eon Morgan led English team outclassed superior Australian side to book a place in Cricket World Cup’s final for the first time in the past 27 years history of the game. England are now set to lock horns with New Zealand in the tournament’s final on Sunday.
English team in their hunt for the crown of the cricketing world started its chase in response to an average target of 224 runs and Bairstow-Roy by putting in an impeccable 124 runs opening partnership helped England to clinch a victory against Australia on the loss of just two wickets.
Bairstow made 34 runs while his co-opener Jason Roy played an inning of undefeated 85 runs to help the team’s cause.
Other English players including skipper Eon Morgan and Joy Root made 33 runs each.
On the other hand, the entire Australian batting order failed except two of its batsmen including SPD Smith who made 85 runs and wicketkeeper AT Carey who made 46 runs. Other than these two batsmen only two of Australian batsmen could manage to cross the double figure in terms of runs with MA Starc who made 29 runs while GJ Maxwell made 22 runs.
England’s CR Woakes and AU Rashid took three wickets and remain notable on the bowling lineup.
England will now have to face New Zealand on Sunday whom they have already beaten with a margin 0f more than 100 runs in the tournament’s league match.