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Chris Woakes took three wickets and Jason Roy smashed a 65-ball 85 as England crushed Australia by eight wickets in their semi-final clash at Edgbaston to advance to the World Cup final for the first time since 1992.
England will take on New Zealand in the final at Lord’s on Sunday, and one of them will win the World Cup for the first time.
Choosing to bat first, Australia got off to a horrible start as captain Aaron Finch was trapped lbw off the bowling of Jofra Archer for a golden duck.
David Warner only made nine runs before he was caught by Jonny Bairstow at second slip off the bowling of Woakes.
Woakes then clean bowled Peter Handscomb for four runs before Steve Smith and Alex Carey stabilised the innings with a 103-run partnership.
Carey was struck on the helmet during the stand he put together with Smith and even though he suffered a cut to his chin, he carried on batting.
He went on to make 46 before he was dismissed by Adil Rashid, who trapped Marcus Stoinis lbw for a duck four balls later.
Archer then sent Glenn Maxwell packing for 22, while Pat Cummins was caught by Joe Root at first slip off the bowling of Rashid for six runs.
Smith and Mitchell Starc added 51 runs to the score before Smith was brilliantly run out by Jos Buttler for 85, which came off 119 balls and included six boundaries.
Starc ended up making 29 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Woakes.
Australia were eventually bowled out for 223 when Jason Behrendorff was cleaned up by Mark Wood for one run.
Woakes and Rashid picked up three wickets apiece, while Archer snapped up two and Wood chipped in with one.
Chasing 224 to win, England got off to a superb start as Roy and Bairstow amassed a 124-run partnership, during which Roy brought up his fifty, before Bairstow was trapped lbw off the bowling of Starc for 34.
Roy went on to score a 65-ball 85, which included nine boundaries and five sixes, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Cummins.
Root and England captain Eoin Morgan finished things off with an unbeaten 79-run partnership.
Root ended up scoring 49, which came off 46 balls and included eight boundaries, while Morgan also struck eight boundaries during his 39-ball 45.
Starc and Cummins claimed one wicket each.
Woakes was named Man of the Match.