Australia misses out on World Cup final after being demolished by England


Cricket World Cup semi-final: England dashes Australia’s hopes of back-to-back finals with eight-wicket demolition  Australia’s promising Cricket World Cup campaign has ended in disappointment, as England progressed to the final with a comprehensive eight-wicket win in the second semi-final in Birmingham External Link: Cricket World Cup semi-final: Australia v England summary    England was never on the back foot at Edgbaston, tearing through most of Australia’s batting line-up before making light work of the run chase to reach the final for the fourth time, and the first since 1992  The tournament hosts will be looking for their maiden world title in the July 14 decider, as will their opponents, New Zealand, who would have been interested onlookers as England easily chased down 224 to hammer its oldest rival  England never looked in trouble at all at the crease. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow started at a rapid pace and with Australia’s openers failing to swing the ball dangerously, dominated from the outset  Roy in particular was setting the pace, using his unique style to whip and work the bowling to all corners of the ground When the ball was thrown optimistically to Steve Smith, Roy counter-attacked brilliantly, hitting three consecutive sixes and ending the streak by putting one in the fourth tier    Bairstow was more circumspect but just as impressive, even despite seemingly injuring his ankle while turning for a run  The pair would take the game away from Australia in the fist 15 overs and pass 100 with ease It came as a surprise when Bairstow fell LBW to Starc, simply missing a straight one and — crucially — opting to waste a review on a stone dead LBW decision  Roy looked certain to reach his ton before controversy struck. Cummins sent a wild short ball down the leg side that Alex Carey scrambled after and caught, prompting appeals from the Australians  Umpire Kumar Dharmasena took his time before eventually and gradually raising the finger, despite replays showing the glove was nowhere near the ball Roy was bemused, and actioned to review the decision, but was quickly told he couldn’t as Bairstow had used his team’s only challenge    Roy did not take the decision well. He refused to leave the crease initially, and argued with Dharmasena before the other umpire Marais Erasmus had to usher him off He continued voicing his displeasure all the way off the field, and the stump microphone heard him saying “f***ing embarrassing”  After Roy’s explosive display with bat and mouth, England’s most experienced batsmen, Eoin Morgan and Joe Root, calmly and quickly knocked off the remaining 77 runs to send England through to face New Zealand Australia’s start leaves it playing from behind   Australia’s start with the bat could hardly have been worse With the first ball of the second over, captain Aaron Finch was trapped plumb in front by a searing Jofra Archer inswinger and departed for a golden duck  David Warner lasted only a few balls longer, out fending a short ball from Chris Woakes to Bairstow in the slips Then Peter Handscomb, brought into the side for the first time all tournament to replace the injured Usman Khawaja, was comprehensively bowled by Woakes to start the seventh over  At 3-14, Australia was in danger of falling out of the contest before it had really begun, but Australia elevated Carey in the batting order to join Steve Smith, and the two set about rescuing the innings    The pair batted patiently but ruthlessly when the English bowling finally began to falter, Carey especially racing a long at a run a ball without taking any real risks The partnership passed 100, and Australia looked back on track. That was until Carey fancied a piece of Adil Rashid, and in trying to dispatch him for six over cow corner only found the safe hands of sub fielder James Vince    Marcus Stoinis came and went quickly, completely deceived by a Rashid wrong’un and caught LBW, bring Glenn Maxwell to the crease Maxwell looked his usual expansive set, and seemed to have overcome his issues with the short ball, but soon fell meekly chipping one to Eoin Morgan at short cover  At the time, it just looked an inexplicably poor shot, but on replay it became clear Archer had bowled a quite brilliant knuckle ball to surprise and outwit Maxwell with a lack of pace  From there, none of the bowlers really were able to support Smith properly. Pat Cummins nicked off to slip to give Rashid a third, and while Mitchell Starc was attempting to push things along at one end, Smith found himself run out by a pinpoint throw from wicketkeeper Jos Buttler — the throw was so good, it actually went between Smith’s legs before cannoning into the stumps  Starc went next ball and Behrendorff soon after as Australia posted a score that never really felt like enough

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