Chris Woakes hails 'incredible' England after hosts power into World Cup final

Around 80 per cent of the 25,000 crowd for England’s group game against India at the ground were supporting the away side

England took just 32.1 overs to reach their victory target and book their final date with New Zealand at Lord's on Sunday.

England have reached their first Cricket World Cup final in 27 years by trouncing defending champions Australia by eight wickets, ensuring there will be a first-time victor of the sports biggest prize following the clash against New Zealand on Sunday.

Put simply, if your frontline pace bowlers are bang on the money and your opening batsmen are absolutely on fire, you aren't going to lose many games in the one-day format.

Woakes admitted England's stars had been nervous ahead of their country's first World Cup semi-final since 1992, but they quickly banished the butterflies with a blistering start.

In contrast, Australia have won four of the last five tournaments but there was no sign at all of those sharply contrasting pedigrees once play began at Edgbaston.

Morgan struck a boundary to seal the win and move England to 226-2 after Australia was 223 all out in 49 overs.

Finch said the game was lost in the first 10 overs when Australia slumped to 3/14 and lamented an inability to capitalise on the impressive 103-run, fourth wicket partnership between Alex Carey and Steve Smith.

"Today was close to a flawless performance, right from the two bowlers up front". We had to take our chances and bowl them out.

"The first three or four overs was very intelligent batting".

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The loss of England's opener did little to stop their charge towards to the final, as Root (49no) and captain Morgan (45no) clinched victory with a mammoth 107 balls spare.

"It started with the bowling performance and then the way they knocked that off was outstanding".

Roy was left frustrated when he was adjudged to have edged Pat Cummins behind, with replays showing no bat or glove involved, but with England's review having been used up by Bairstow, he was forced to walk off.

Till a year ago, Australia were looking down and out.

"So there was quite a drastic change in the way we played and the way we looked at playing our 50-over cricket".

Archer's in-swinging first delivery pinned Aaron Finch flush on the front pad - as the visitors' captain became the first Australian to be dismissed for a golden duck in a World Cup match.

Eoin Morgan celebrates as he scores the winning runs.

"I don't think it was a bad wicket, we just found the right length and they had to rebuild and we kept the pressure on".

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