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Root was an early victim of Mitchell Starc when England lost to Australia at Lord's

Root was an early victim of Mitchell Starc when England lost to Australia at Lord's

Handscomb had played well before World Cup 2019 however was unfortunate not to get picked in the squad as Steve Smith and David Warner came back to the side. Ultra-edge however suggested that the batsman did not get anything on it.

Yet England's chase was doomed as early as the second ball when James Vince became the first of Behrendorff's five victims.

Roy smashed his fourth consecutive fifty in the tournament, clobbering Smith for three sixes in a row. Starc was brought in to make a breakthrough but Roy has had the upperhand so far in this semifinal clash. In the last six months or so, there has been a lot of character shown, but it still hurts.

In the group stage meeting between the teams, which Roy missed through injury, Australia's opening pair put on 123, with Finch scoring a century. After starting off cautiously, Roy literally smacked the ball out of the park at will. The English openers starred in a fifty partnership in 59 deliveries.

The ease of England's progression to the final was such a contrast to the group-stage defeat by Australia that left them on the brink of elimination.

Yet no team who lost their final pool match has gone on to win the World Cup.

Woakes scalped the unsafe David Warner as Australia crashed to 14-3 and could never really recover from it.

All will be revealed when Australia, the five-time champion, takes on England, the tournament host, at Edgbaston on Thursday. Despite starting their tournament with the tournament's favourites, the team struggled in the middle of the World Cup. Warner, who walked out to boos because of his role in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa a year ago, returned to even louder jeers after being dismissed for nine.

He has taken wickets in every game, including the crucial scalps of Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and Quinton de Kock.

Rashid and Woakes stood out among the bowlers, bagging three wickets each, though the former proved to be more expensive as he gave away 54 runs in his 10-over spell.

Archer oozed hostility at the other end, hitting a hopping Carey on the grill of his helmet and dislodging it from his head. "The wicket tends to suit us but also the support as well".

"I reckon England can win well, we are the stronger side when you look at the two teams, as simple as that". Smith batted really well today, especially on this pitch. We will watch them with interest.

But the stakes for hosts England are higher than simply the winning of a match that would see them into a final against either India or New Zealand at Lord's on Sunday.

Had Australia won the game against South Africa they would have been playing in the first semi-final at Old Trafford in Manchester.

Archer struck for the second time when he dismissed Glen Maxwell (22) in the 35th over. Rashid sends Marcus Stoinis back.

England, however, have won 10 of the last 12 one-day internationals between the sides.