Mitchell Starc breaks Glenn McGrath's World Cup wickets record

Tanya Simon
July 12, 2019

Finch exuded confidence ahead of his team's much-anticipated World Cup semi-final against England at Edgbaston on Thursday. You start looking at what you can improve most, areas that you can identify that you need some work to be done and that will happen no doubt - that happens naturally with players when you are talking about the game and trying to find ways to improve. The five-time champions have won four of the last five World Cup titles and captain Aaron Finch is confident that they can capture another.

England openers Jason Roy, who hit 85 from 65 balls, and Jonny Bairstow, who made 34, took the game away from Australia with a superb 124-run partnership for the first wicket.

As for being in a World Cup final, Morgan said: 'It sounds pretty cool and it feels pretty good. Later, captain, Eoin Morgan, and Joe Root chipped in with 45 and 49-run unbeaten cameos to take England home in 32.1 overs with eight wickets in hand.

England, the tournament host, will play New Zealand in the final at Lord's on Sunday.

The five-time world champions were unable to cope with the searing spell of swing and seam bowling Archer and Woakes were producing, pitching the flawless lines and lengths in a hostile opening half-an-hour of play.

"The first three or four overs was very intelligent batting". Mustafizur Rahman of Bangladesh is second on this list, with 20 wickets.

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Their slim victory chances hinged on their ability to subject England to a similar top-order collapse but Roy and Bairstow batted with the kind of fearlessness which has been the hallmark of this England team.

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

Morgan, though, is keeping his feet on the ground, aware that New Zealand showed their quality with the impressive semi-final win over India at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

"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. They will be a hard side to beat on Sunday, so we are looking forward to it".

England´s woeful first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup prompted a root-and-branch reform of their approach to one-day internationals for a side that had long placed Test success above all other considerations.

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