England’s carefree Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes ensure Australia exit

Group A: Australia 277-9; England 240-4
• England win by 40 runs (DLS method)

This England side are dangerous when they play with freedom, as Australia discovered in the West Midlands Colosseum. And this was a free game for them. Unlike the rest of the teams in this tournament they were already assured of their semi-final slot at the start of play, which may have helped to account for the flamboyant, carefree manner in which they sent Australia packing. This outcome means that Bangladesh will be contesting the Edgbaston semi-final on 15 June.

Needing 278 to win England were propelled by a blistering partnership between Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes. The margin of victory was dictated by the DLS method after yet more rain in Birmingham. But at least there was a proper result this time, England winning by 40 runs. They were 240-4 with 9.4 overs remaining when play was suspended.

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