That's all from us folks! Do join us on Sunday for the big final. Until next time then ...

That's that - England win by eight wickets

This is what they have been working for in the last four years. A chance to win the World Cup. They have thumped Australia here and will now take on New Zealand at Lord's.

The openers were brilliant and put the match beyond Australia. The bowlers set it up and the batsmen ensured they wrapped up a clinical win.

8 needed off 114 balls now ... The England fans are pumped!

38 needed in 23 overs now ...


Roy doesn't want to move. He's been given out. He's arguing with the umpire. He's furious and will certainly make a visit to the match referee after the game. Bouncer and down the leg side. He went for the pull and didn't connect. The umpire, though, thought otherwise.

England 147 for 2

First wicket

Starc now has a record. He has 27 wickets in a World Cup - the most any bowler has picked in a single World Cup. Full, fast and on the stumps. Bairstow pinged in front and took the review but it was hitting the leg stump.

England 124 for 1

Most wkts in a World Cup27 Mitchell Starc (2019) *26 Glenn McGrath (2007)23 Chaminda Vaas (2003)23 Shaun Tait (2007)23 M Muralitharan (2007)#ENGvAUS #CWC19 #CmonAussie

— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) July 11, 2019

50 for Roy

He's on fire and now helping England surge ahead. Cracks another boundary against Starc much to the delight of the fans.

England 94 for no loss

England getting a further move on...

This is grim viewing if you're an Australia fan. England have added 30 runs in four overs since the end of the first powerplay. And this when Jason Roy seems to be struggling with a niggle to his knee.

Powerplay done - England 50/0 in 10 overs

This chase is going rather smoothly at the moment. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow have fired their side to a fantastic start, and there are no World Cup knockout nerves - at least visible explicitly. There isn't the tentativeness to their approach like we saw against Sri Lanka. As it stands, it looks like we'll have a new World Cup winnner on Sunday.

Steady start

Superb composure from the England openers. They are not in a hurry and aren't too cautious as well.

England 31 for no loss

Roy and Bairstow to open. Australia pacers are looking for quick wickets. This should be interesting ...


Wood gets a yorker in and it's too good for Behrendorff. Smith made 85 and Carey fought hard as well. Nothing much from the other batsmen and it's advantage England. They struggle against left-arm pacers but there's isn't the scoreboard pressure. It'll be interesting to see how they deal with the chasing pressure in a World Cup semifinal.

Smith run out

No consecutive tons for Smith in World Cup semifinals. He's run out. Buttler gets a direct hit to find the former captain short at the bowler's end. And the very next ball Starc follows - caught behind.

Australia 217 for 8

Australia set for late flourish?

Looks likely here, without the services of Jofra Archer. Liam Plunkett has been taken to the cleaners, allowing Australia to add 31 runs in the five overs since the 40th. Just a reminder - New Zealand defended 239!

Liam Plunkett at the death...

A fourth stage for the pacer, if you ask our English correspondent Vithushan. He wrote an absolute gem on Plunkett yesterday.

How much can Australia get from here? They have 175 for 7 in 40 overs, and don't have to face Jofra Archer anymore. What's a good total? Scratch that, what's a total enough for Australia's bowlers to put England under pressure early on? Is there another low-scoring thriller in store for us or can England close out well enough to keep Australia at an arm's length here? Lot's of questions to be answered in the next 20-odd minutes, and all eyes will be on Steve Smith.

Most economical bowling for England in World Cup semi-finals (10+ overs)12-0-30-2 John Snow v Australia (Leeds) 197510-0-32-2 @JofraArcher v Australia TODAY12-1-33-1 Chris Old v New Zealand (Manchester) 1979@englandcricket #CWC19

— Richard V Isaacs (@RVICricketStats) July 11, 2019

Joffra Archer is only 24 yrs old but bowls with the smarts, skills and control of someone who has been around international cricket for 10yrs.

— ian bishop (@irbishi) July 11, 2019

Three for Rashid

Australian batsmen are failing to bat around Smith. Another wrong one from the legspinner and Cummins edges it to first slip.

Australia 166 for 7

Two for Archer

Length ball and it stuck a bit. Maxwell forced his hands on it and easy catch for cover. England on top once again.

Australia 157 for 6

As of now @stevesmith49 is the one standing between 50-50 chance or a 100 % new World Champion. #ICCCricketWorldCup2019 #AusvsEng

— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) July 11, 2019

Stoinis falls

Failure for the allrounder. Rashid gets two. Wrong one and he was on the back foot. Given lbw.

Australia 118 for 5

Century stand

Oh, dear! The century stand has come to an end. Rashid tosses it up and Carey has hit to straight to deep midwicket. Smith gets to his half-century off 72 balls. A lot now on Stoinis.

Australia 118 for 4

20 overs done

So after the frenetic start, things have settled down for Australia. Smith and Carey have scored 64 so far for the fourth wickets and are looking to build a platform. Carey has been exceptional after getting hit and Smith has found his groove.

Australia 78 for 3

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— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 11, 2019

Lowest PP scores in WC 2019 #ENGvAUS #CWC1924/4 Ind v NZ Manchester27/1 NZ v Ind Manchester27/3 Aus v Eng Birmingham28/1 Ind v Eng Birmingham29/2 WI v Ind Manchester30/2 NZ v WI Manchester- Top three coming in semifinals

— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) July 11, 2019

The ball that knocked Alex Carey's helmet off was the fourth slowest ball Jofra Archer has bowled today. #CWC19

— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) July 11, 2019

Carey in trouble

Bouncer from Archer and it thumps Carey on the helmet. The helmet came off and the batsman did well to catch it and not let it fall on the stumps. But there's a huge cut on the chin and he's bleeding profusely.

Australia 19 for 3

Three down

Handscomb comes into the side in a big game. And fails. He somehow survived the lbw calls and now gets bowled off an inside edge. Second for Woakes. Length and just a little bit of movement inside.

Australia 14 for 3

Plenty of drama!

Handscomb comes in to bat and is pinged in front first ball. England deliberate and take the review. It was umpire's call. Nerves and Australia are feeling the pressure.

Australia 10 for 2

More drama!

Warner goes now and all the pressure is now on Australia. Woakes joins the party. Length ball and angling away. Warner fended at that one and got a thick outside edge. Easy catch for Bairstow at slips.

England 10 for 2

That's the first time this tournament that Jofra Archer's first ball would have gone on to hit the stumps. Immaculate start from the England quick. #CWC19

— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) July 11, 2019


Finch has bagged a first-ball duck. Takes the review and Australia have lost that as well. Full and nips in. No bat and it was crashing into the stumps.

England 4 for 1

#AaronFinch vs England in World Cups135 (128) MCG 2015100 (116) Lord's 20190 (1) Edgbaston 2019#ENGvAUS #CWC19

— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) July 11, 2019

Alrighty then, the national anthems are done, Finch and Warner out to open, Woakes to start with the ball. Excited?

Record in #CWC19#CmonAussie batting 1st: Six wins in six matches#WeAreEngland batting 2nd: One win in four matches#ENGvAUS

— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) July 11, 2019

TOSS - Australia opt to bat. Handscomb replaces Khawaja for the visitors; England unchanged


England (Playing XI): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood

Australia (Playing XI): David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Steven Smith, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey(w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon

#CmonAussie in World Cup semifinals - UNBEATENBeat Eng by four wkts, 1975Beat Pak by 18 runs, 1987Beat WI by five runs, 1996Tied with SA, 1999Beat SL by 48 runs, 2003Beat SA by seven wkts, 2007Beat Ind by 95 runs, 2015#ENGvAUS #CWC19

— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) July 11, 2019

15 mins to go for toss. The forecast looking good and there's enough time to read this brilliant feature on Liam Plunkett.

Edgbaston is looking resplendent on a clear, warm Thursday morning. Its no normal day though; its a World Cup semi final day & a place in the final against New Zealand awaits for England or Australia. The forecast has improved & we should get a full game completed today. #CWC19

— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) July 11, 2019

So who are you backing today? Stay tuned and we'll bring you more updates.

Teams news

Australia - Justin Langer made the intriguing move of confirming Peter Handscomb will "definitely play", just as it looked like he was going to play it cute. That will see him as a direct replacement for Khawaja. There is also a suggestion Wade could get a go, perhaps at number three, at the expense of Glenn Maxwell, who has not fired with the bat. Finch backed his mate and spoke of him in glowing terms, particular his value with ball and in the field. It seems there may be further discussions into the evening around that particular selection. But otherwise, lefties and all, they are set.

Hello and welcome to the live blog of the second ICC Cricket World Cup semifinal between England and Australia. It's England's promise vs Australia's pedigree in tussle for one final spot. Australia know what it takes to win a World Cup. England have revamped the way they just for this moment. It's time for them to walk the talk. All that chatter about No. 1 in ODIs won't be of any use if they don't win the World Cup.

Head-to-head records don't tend to matter at the business ends of competitions like these, which is annoying for the hosts because they've had the best of the recent exchanges coming into 2019. For what it's worth, Australia have not won an ODI here since 1993 and their last Test victory was back in 2001.

The pitch is fresh, almost dead-centre. The outfield freshly mowed and light under the toes. New Zealand-India was the low-scoring thriller and expect this match to be the fast-scoring semi. The pitch has been able to breathe over the last few days and been carefully manicured by the local ground staff, under the watchful eye of the ICC. "It looks like a good wicket," said Finch. What grass was on it on Wednesday morning was expected to be shaved. Nevertheless, Edgbaston does good cricket wickets. The toss, though still a big deal, may not be as brutal a factor.

England were clinical on the day and were just too good for Australia.