Australia 'outplayed' by England in World Cup semi, says Finch


England have reached their first Cricket World Cup final in 27 years by trouncing defending champions Australia by eight wickets, ensuring there will be a first-time victor of the sports biggest prize following the clash against New Zealand on Sunday.

"I have played in one World Cup semi-final and it was a hell of an experience, it was an unbelievable game, so I'm not expecting too much different".

Losing to their arch-rivals in front of a gleeful Edgbaston crowd was a painful way for Australia to surrender the trophy they had won four times in the past five tournaments.

Eoin Morgan's men skittled out Australia for 223 before romping to their target in 32.1 overs in a lop-sided battle between the hosts and the holders at Edgbaston.

However, experienced campaigner, Steve Smith and Alex Carey made sure the Men in Yellow remain alive in the game.

"Today was close to a flawless performance, right from the two bowlers up front", Morgan said.

The five-time world champions were unable to cope with the searing spell of swing and seam bowling Archer and Woakes were producing, pitching the ideal lines and lengths in a hostile opening half-an-hour of play.

"They put pressure on with early wickets and allowed us to stay on the front foot".

Former England captain Michael Vaughan didn't even wait until the end of the match to start sledging Australia, taking to Twitter while opening batsmen Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow were smashing the ball everywhere to mock Aaron Finch's troops for their unusual semi-final preparation.

Although Bairstow was trapped leg before by Starc for 34 and Roy was wrongly adjudged to have hooked Pat Cummins behind, Root and Morgan were untroubled in an unbroken stand of 79.

"The first three or four overs was very intelligent batting".

However, it mattered little as Joe Root (49) and Eoin Morgan (45) took England to victory and within touching distance of their maiden title.

What Roy has brought to this England side in the past three matches has been incredible.

"It's been a process for the last four years".

"So there was quite a drastic change in the way we played and the way we looked at playing our 50-over cricket".

A first win in a World Cup knockout match since 1992 was secured over the defending champions on a day that will live long in the memory, justifiably alongside anything from the 2005 Ashes or the 2010-11 tour of Australia.