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Perry takes seven wickets as Australia thrash England

Australia's coach Justin Langer uncovered it seasons ago in a chance conversation with allrounder David Willey during his time at the Perth Scorchers.

"When we look at our side at the moment we are full of confidence going into this game". Ultra-edge however suggested that the batsman did not get anything on it. England had earlier squandered their lone review.

But the jeers turned to cheers as Roy hit three huge straight sixes in as many balls off his leg-spin.

"Roy and Jonny at the top of the order are really imposing when they get themselves in".

The wicket sees Starc however become the highest wicket-taker in a single editon of a World Cup with 27 wickets, overtaking former great and compatriot Glenn McGrath, who bagged 26 wickets during the 2007 edition.

Skipper Eoin Morgan and Joe Root got busy piling on the runs after Roy's and Bairstow's dismissal under 20 overs.

"The guys have faced a lot of left arm stuff over their careers and in build up to last game".

Jason Roy hit a blistering 85 as England reached a victory target of 224 with a mammoth 107 balls to spare after bowling out Australia for 223.

Boult knows who he would prefer to win the other last four showdown between Australia and England at Edgbaston on Thursday.

Mitchel Starc (29) was gone on the next delivery by Chris Woakes when he tried the ball hard but was caught by Buttler.

Plunkett made his World Cup debut in 2007 but believes this was the first time they entered the tournament as genuine title contenders. Warner, who walked out to boos because of his role in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa past year, returned to even louder jeers after being dismissed for nine. In his 9-over spell, he claimed three wickets with an exceptional economy of 3.78.

Australia wicketkeeper Alex Carey had his helmet knocked off by an Archer bouncer and required several minutes of on-field treatment before resuming his innings but he and Smith took the score to 55-3 after 16 overs. While Trent Boult and Mitchell Santner bagged two wickets each, Lockie Ferguson and Jimmy Neesham also contributed with a wicket each. It doesn't get bigger than that in my opinion.

Australia, with some injury scares in the past few day, have been forced to bring a change into their squad and hope that does not affect their cricket and they continue with their prime run.

An England win means a brand new champion will be crowned when the competition concludes on Sunday, as neither the hosts nor New Zealand - who stunned India to make the last two - have ever lifted the sport's most prestigious trophy.

The Aussies will be desperate to bounce back from the disappointment of their last round-robin encounter, when they lost to South Africa at Old Trafford on Saturday. Rashid sends Marcus Stoinis back.

"That left-arm angle's something that seems to have been effective in one-day cricket for a while now, and they've exploited that throughout the tournament".

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