CWC 2019- ENG vs AUS Review: Hosts thrash arch-rivals to set date with the Kiwis at Lord’s

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The Aussies faced their first ever semi-final defeat after being at the wrong end of the clinical English side. England will now face New Zealand on July 14 for the ultimate prize. 

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Electing to bat first after winning the toss, Aaron Finch named a single change with the injured Usman Khawaja ruled out and Peter Handscomb slotted in the eleven.

Local lad Chris Woakes exhibited a sensational display of swing bowling while Jofra Archer strangled the top order from the other end. The bowlers wrecked the in-form top order to reduce them to 14-3.

The ever dependent Steve Smith joined hands with Alex Carey to steady the sinking ship. The duo were involved in a 103-run stand during which the wicket-keeper batsman copped a blow to his chin, leaving him in a pool of blood.

Steve Smith brought up his fourth fifty in his fourth ICC knockout fixture while the tail stuck around with him. The batsman was, however, a victim of a brilliant direct hit from Jos Buttler which eventually sealed the end of the Australian innings as well.

Chasing 224, the England opening pair of Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy demolished the bowling attack to steamroll their way to their first World Cup since 1992.

Jason Roy was in the middle of controversy as he protested his dismissal which was wrongly adjudged by umpire Kumar Dharmasena. Joe Root and Eoin Morgan remained unbeaten to steer the side without any obstacles.

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