Enlgand have made it to the World Cup final for the first time since 1992. Eoin Morgan’s men lost the toss and were put in the field, and that was pretty much the only thing that went wrong for them all day. The home side, in front of a raucous Edgbaston crowd, bowled Australia out for 222, then chased down their total with 17.5 overs remaining. England will now face New Zealand in the final on Sunday and here’s how we rated their players today.
Chris Woakes - 10
Got rid of David Warner and Peter Handscomb in a great opening spell. Came back at the depth to remove Mitchell Starc. Outstanding from the Warwickshire man.
Jofra Archer - 9
Took a wicket with his very first ball, removing Aaron Finch. He also took the key wicket of Glenn Maxwell with a clever slower ball. He was outstanding.
Ben Stokes - 5
Never really looked threatening with the ball. Wasn’t required to bat, such was England’s dominance.
Mark Wood - 6
Was a bit inaccurate at times and lost control a bit. Came back well to end the Australia innings with a lovely yorker to Jason Behrendorff.
Liam Plunkett - 3
Was nowhere near his best, for a rare occasion. Leaked a few too many runs.
Adil Rashid - 9
Adil Rashid hasn’t been at his best in the World Cup, but when it mattered, he stepped up. He was excellent once again, taking the key wicket of Alex Carey before removing Marcus Stoinis and Pat Cummins.
Jos Buttler - 10
Didn’t bat or bowl but gets a ten for his run out of Steve Smith!
Jason Roy - 10
What a player! Smashed the Aussies all over Birmingham, getting 85 runs in 65 balls before he was incorrectly given out.
Jonny Bairstow - 7
Batted well for his 34, but was a bit slower than usual. Looked hampered by a calf injury that England will be desperate for him to recover from before the final.
Joe Root - 10
Guided England to victory with 49* from 46 balls in a superb innings. Took an excellent slip catch too.
Eoin Morgan - 10
Captained his side brilliantly in the field; almost everything he did worked. Looked a bit out of sorts early in his innings but then got in the groove and hammered 45* from 39 balls to put his team in the final.