Morgan lauds England's ODI revival after reaching Cricket World Cup final


Mitchell Starc broke a 12-year record held by Glenn Mcgrath for taking the most wickets at a single World Cup during the semifinal between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Thursday.

They were quick and accurate and extracted the maximum possible movement out of the morning surface and although Steve Smith and Alex Carey were able to rebuild, Australia never truly recovered from that opening blitz.

Earlier, batting first, Australia found themselves in deep trouble as an excellent spell of bowling by Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer made life hard for batsmen.

Jason Roy smashed 85 off 65 balls as England beat defending five-time champion Australia, chasing down a target of 224 in 32.1 overs.

Starc's haul included the 4-43 he took in the group-stage defeat of England at Lord's and he set the new benchmark by trapping Bairstow lbw for 34. And it was the very first ten overs of the game in which the semi-final was lost, Australia left dazed, confused and nearly down at 27 for 3.

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. Mustafizur Rahman of Bangladesh is second on this list, with 20 wickets.

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Till a year ago, Australia were looking down and out. He added: "We were tipped as favourites so it was important to get to the semi-final in the first place and then to win this in this fashion against this Australia side on the best ground in the world is incredible".

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

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.

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.

"We had to have a lot of things go right for us".