World Cup 2019: England to play final against New Zealand after thumping win over Australia

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World Cup 2019: England to play final against New Zealand after thumping win over Australia

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.

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