Eengland defeated Australia by eight wickets, leaving 107 balls to secure first place since 1992 in the final of the ICC World Cricket Men’s Cup.
Aaron Finch won the litter for Australia and chose his team to fly first in Edgbaston on a sunny morning. Given the chill predictions for today and the recent positive results of the teams that bet first, it seemed a sensible decision.
But just like yesterday in India’s first semi-final against New Zealand, the inning was a nightmare. Jofra Archer, who played bowling in the second leg, hit his first ball and held Finch in front of him for a golden duck.
For the reigning champion it got worse and worse as Chris Woakes dismissed both the formidable David Warner and Peter Handscomb (who played his first game of the tournament) one after the other and Australia finished after 6.1 overs with 14: 3.
Alex Carey, 46, and Steve Smith, 85, continued to expand the ship for Australia, and concluded a 103-minute partnership before Carey, who had had a nasty blow to his jaw from Archer, fell into the hands of Adil Rashid, 28 . past.
Rashid struck again at the same moment, fooling Marcus Stoinis with a jerk and holding him for nothing. Despite Mitchell Starc’s admirable resistance to Smith’s 51 runs, England once again bounced back to beat Australia 223 at the end of Day 49. Chris Woakes finished the tournament with an outstanding score of 3/20 of his eight overs.
After the Englishmen Jonny Bairstow (34) and Jason Roy (85) had negotiated the new ball, the result of the game was never really doubtful. In a special show of aggression, Roy Smith struck for three consecutive sixes to really get the game out of Australia.
In the end, England won with eight goals and secured his place in the first final of the men’s World Cup for a generation. On Sunday, July 14th, they will take on New Zealand.