England rout Australia in WC semis

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    England's Jason Roy (right) and Jonny Bairstow (left) during the ICC World Cup, Semi Final at Edgbaston, Birmingham. (Photo Credit: Press Association)

    England have stormed into the ICC World Cup final with an 8-wicket rout of defending champions Australia at Edgbaston.

    The hosts bowled out their Aussie rivals for 223 with Chris Woakes (3/20 from 8 overs) and Adil Rashid (3/54 from 10 overs) leading the attack.

    Jofra Archer took 2/32 in his allotted 10, Mark Wood ended Australia’s innings by taking his lone wicket while Jos Buttler ran out top scorer Steven Smith for 85 from 119 balls.

    His innings was trumped by Jason Roy whose 85 came much quicker – from just 65 deliveries.

    Roy and Jonny Bairstow put on 124 for the 1st wicket before Mitchell Starc trapped the latter lbw for 34.

    The end of Roy’s innings was controversial – he was sent back caught behind off the bowling of Pat Cummins but replays suggested there was no bat or glove involved.

    Skipper Eoin Morgan and Joe Root then saw them home to with 17.5 overs to spare.

    Woakes was named Man of the Match.

    England will now face New Zealand in the final at Lords on Sunday.

    The match starts at 5:30am local time.