England booked their place in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final against New Zealand with a thumping eight-wicket win over the defending champions Australia at Edgbaston on Thursday.
Jason Roy hit a blistering 85 as England reached the victory target with more than 100 balls to spare after restricting Australia to 223/10 in 49 overs.
Openers Roy and Jonny Bairstow (34) added 124 for the first wicket, their fourth consecutive century stand.
Earlier, Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid took three wickets apiece.
Woakes struck twice early on at his Warwickshire home ground as Australia slumped to 14-3 after winning the toss.
Australia’s prolific opening pair of David Warner and Aaron Finch, as well as Peter Handscomb, were all back in the pavilion by the seventh over.
Former skipper Steve Smith and Alex Carey steadied the innings with a fourth-wicket stand of 103 but wickets tumbled at regular intervals and Australia were unable to set England a testing target.
So now, England – the losing finalists in 1979, 1987 and 1992 – will face New Zealand, who are also yet to win the World Cup after finishing runners-up to Australia four years ago, in Sunday’s final at Lord’s following the Black Caps’ surprise semi-final win over India.
Here are some of the Twitter reactions:
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) July 11, 2019
That @JasonRoy20 innings, regardless of the farcical end, was pure bliss ❤️. Perhaps batsman will stop just trying to get away with being plumb when they see what can happen as a result 🙄
— Graeme Swann (@Swannyg66) July 11, 2019
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) July 11, 2019
Congratulations to England on beating Australia and winning the semi-finals . Must be a cracking game at Lords where a first time World Champion will be crowned #EngvAus
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 11, 2019
England too good today
— Brett Lee (@BrettLee_58) July 11, 2019
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) July 11, 2019
So we are going to have a first time World Champion ! Well played England! Looking forward to Lord’s #ENGvAUS
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 11, 2019
So come what may… July 14th..there will be a new country crowned as World Cup Cricket Champions..#CWC19 🏴 or 🇳🇿Arguably the greatest opportunity in their cricketing history
— Shaun Pollock (@7polly7) July 11, 2019
Love it when I hear “Sweet Caroline” around the ground. Lovely buzz…. Congratulations @ECB_cricket on making the final #CWC2019 … show plenty of power all the time but resilience and character was needed to turn the campaign around.. very well done 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) July 11, 2019
— Nick Compton (@thecompdog) July 11, 2019
England!!!! 🔥🔥🔥 it’s coming home 🏴
— Mason Crane (@masoncrane32) July 11, 2019
Too good @ECB_cricket today , bad luck to our boys they came up short today but did well throughout . @cricketcomau @MacquarieSport looking forward to the final for a first time winner 👍good luck both teams #NZVENG
— Darren Lehmann (@darren_lehmann) July 11, 2019
— Mithun Manhas (@MithunManhas) July 11, 2019
— England's Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) July 11, 2019
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) July 12, 2019