On 11th July (Thursday), England wiped out Australia’s defending champions’ title and headed straight to the CWC final with a thumping eight-wicket victory over the five-time champions Australia in the second semi-final match.
Now, England would be facing New Zealand at the iconic Lord’s Stadium for the CWC finals. Clearly, not many thought of this face-off in the way the league stage had turned out. For instance, the Aussies had won most matches expect two, one in the hands of India and other in the hands of Proteas. Similarly, England’s matches during the middle of the group stage matches turned to be poor as they lost some matches. But things changed as they won matches against India and New Zealand.
During Thursday’s match, Morgan’s men dismissed Australia quickly for 223 before reaching their target in just 32.1 overs in a one-sided match between the hosts and the holders at Edgbaston.
The target chase for Morgan’s men was a mere cakewalk with their fourth successive century opening partnership. Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow finished the formalities for England as they took revenge of being defeated in the hands of Australia during the group stage.
It was in 1992 that England made it to the finals and they lost to Pakistan. In 2019, they would be meeting the 2015 runners-up, the Kiwis in order to create a new history. On Sunday, a new champion would be crowned with the Cricket World Cup title.
Morgan stated that after beating India it gave them a great deal of confidence. Moreover, if one takes a look back to where England was in 2015, it can be seen that England has made a tremendous improvement. Hence, they would want to make use of this opportunity and head to the finals. Both England’s batting and bowling department did their job well to defeat the Aussies.