England thrash Australia to reach their fourth Cricket World Cup final

England hammer Australia by eight wickets
• Australia reduced to 14-3 at one point as England dominate
Latest reaction as England go into Cricket World Cup final

England’s passage to the World Cup final was faintly ridiculous. Semi?finals are supposed to be gritty affairs with runs dourly chiselled out in a desperate quest to get to Lord’s. In semi-finals teams are supposed to win ugly. New Zealand showed the way at Old Trafford.

Yet Eoin Morgan’s England took the alternative route. They smashed Australia by eight wickets, chasing down a target of 224 with 17.5 overs to spare. When England were batting this game had the air of an exhibition match. Batsmen kept heaving deliveries from the mighty Mitchell Starc over the infield. Spinners were butchered into the stands. “We’ll get ’em in sixes” appeared to be the plan.

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