Photo Gallery: World Cup 2019 semi-final, England vs Australia
Eoin Morgan and Aaron Finch
Hosts England are set to lock horns with defending champions Australia in the second semi-final of the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup 2019 at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham on Thursday. The winner will take on New Zealand in the final of the tournament at Lord's on July 14. England finished the league stage on the third spot in the points table, despite being under pressure at one stage. Australia, on the other hand, were expected to top the table but were pushed to the second spot following a defeat against South Africa in the final match of the group stage.
Australia win toss
Australian skipper Aaron Finch won the toss and opted to bat first against hosts England in the all-important second semi-final clash of the 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup at Edgbaston Cricket Stadium in Birmingham on Thursday. Openers David Warner and Aaron Finch will begin the innings for Australia while Chris Woakes will open the proceedings for England. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@cricketcomau)
Australia's Playing XI
England's Playing XI
Jofra Archer removes Aaron Finch
David Warner departs for 9
Alex Carey hit on chin
Steve Smith slams 50
England restrict Australia to 223
Jason Roy slams 50
England beat Australia to reach finals
England booked their place in the summit showdown of the 2019 ICC Men's World Cup with a comfortable eight-wicket win over defending champions Australia in the all-important semi-final clash at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Thursday. Openers Jason Roy (85 off 65 balls) and Jonny Bairstow (34 off 43 deliveries) provided England with a solid start by sharing a 124-run partnership for the first wicket before third drop Joe Root (49) and skipper Eoin Morgan (45) helped the hosts cross the target of 224 runs in 32.1 overs.