England thwart defending champions Australia, get one step closer to maiden World Cup title
England skipper Eoin Morgan and his partner Joe Root put up a brilliant performance as they carried their side over to an 8-wicket victory against defending champions Australia in the World Cup semi-final showdown between the two sides at Edgbaston on Thursday. England is now one step closer to their maiden victory in the tournament. England innings Skipper Eoin Morgan and Joe Root got busy piling on the runs after the side lost their first two wickets under 20 overs. The two reached their 50-run partnership at the end of 28 overs. Australia got their first breather in the 18th over when Mitchell Starc dismissed Jonny Bairstow (34). Roy (85) was the second man sent packing by the Aussies at 19.4 overs when Cummins bounced him out. The dismissal was seen as wrongfully given by the umpire, with the commentators at ESPNcricinfo observing: “Replays suggest Roy did not touch it. England have lost their review and Roy has to go. He’s seething, but umpire Erasmus chats with him and sends him off. He throws his gloves in the change room.” Australian bowlers, who have been outstanding throughout the World Cup, seemed helpless today before the England openers.