By Peter Moore

  • Hosts book first World Cup final for 27 years, as holders blown away
  • England continue their outstanding record at fortress Edgbaston
  • Australia never recover from losing top order cheaply
EDGBASTON, BIRMINGHAM – After England’s demolition of holders Australia to book their Cricket World Cup final spot against New Zealand, who starred for the hosts at Edgbaston?

 

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England

Jason Roy – 10/10 – Set England on the front foot from the off. Smashed 85 off 65 balls including nine fours and five six’s. Wrongly given out gloving behind when he had made 85. Keep running out of superlatives for the Surrey opener. Already averaging 71 in the tournament with 426 runs scored so far. A pivotal player in this outstanding England line up.

Jonny Bairstow – 8/10 – Going well until plumb lbw off Mitchell Starc. Perfect partner for Roy at the top of the order. Put on 124 for the opening wicket, which gave the hosts the perfect start in their pursuit of 224.

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Joe Root – 8/10 – Came in when England were on 147 for 2. Another sensible but stylish innings from the Yorkshire man. Hit an undefeated 33 to see England home.

Eoin Morgan – 8/10 – It was appropriate that he hit the winning runs. A run-a-ball 33 was enough to see England over the line. Confident knock out in the middle, with the highlight of his innings was the way he played Nathan Lyon. Captained the side once again to such good effect.

Jos Buttler – 7/10 – Not required to bat. Tidy work behind the stumps. Excellent arm to run out the dangerous Steve Smith.

Ben Stokes – 6 /10 – One of his quietest games in an England shirt. First change with the ball but was only used for four overs at a cost of 22 runs.

Chris Woakes – 9/10 – Relished the chance to shine on his home Edgbaston patch. Didn’t disappoint the locals. Outstanding opening spell with the new ball by bouncing out David Warner and bowling Peter Handscomb in the space of a few overs. Wonderful figures of 3 for 20 from his eight overs. Deserved Man of the Match award for throttling Aussie run rate.

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Liam Plunkett – 8/10 – Steady bowling performance from the Surrey seamer. His eight overs going for 44 runs. Never let the Australian batsman get on top of him.

Jofra Archer – 9/10 – Back to his best after the last couple of games where he has looked a shade tired. Grabbed key wicket of Aaron Finch for golden duck with his first delivery and never looked back. Has the technique to mix up his bowling and always throws in his slower ball to great effect. Perfect new ball bowling today deservedly reaped the rewards of 2 for 32 of his allocated ten overs.

Adil Rashid – 9/10 – English fans have been desperate crying out for the leg spinner to come to the party. Today he turned up with poppers in hand. Picked up two wickets in the course of an over. Undoubtedly his best performance in the tournament. Ended with superb figures of 3 for 54 in ten overs.

Mark Wood – 8/10 – Never gave up during his nine overs. Superb yorker to dismiss end the innings. A reliable bowler whose name will always be first on the team sheet.

 

Australia

David Warner – 5/10 – Couldn’t handle the pace of Woakes. Looked ominous after cover driving his first delivery for four. The type of batsman you must get out early, otherwise he normally looks set for a big score. England would be relieved to have removed him for only nine.

Aaron Finch – 2/10 – Has looked in prime form this World Cup. Out for a golden duck today, much to the relief of England.

Steve Smith – 8/10 – Continued his fine record against England. Rarely picks up a low score. The pick of the Australian batting today. Patient innings of 85 as wickets fell around him before eventually being run out.

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Peter Handscomb – 2/10 – Playing his first match this Cricket World Cup. Hasn’t played much cricket for a while, and it showed.

Alex Carey – 8/10 – Another solid performance from a player who has really looked the part for the Aussies. Was unfazed after being hit on the helmet from a Archer bouncer but carried on despite swollen jaw. Shared in a century stand for the fourth wicket with Smith. Looked on course for a half century until holing out at deep mid-wicket.

Marcus Stoinis – 2/10 – Had a poor game all round today. Got a second ball duck and never looked like taking an Edgbaston wicket with a couple of overs going for 13.

Glenn Maxwell – 6/10 – Promising knock of 22 was ended by Archer. Little to do in the field as well.

Pat Cummins – 6/10 – Poor shot to get out to, steering the ball straight to slip. Tidy with the ball but didn’t really threaten.

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Mitchell Starc – 7/10 – Very expensive from one so experienced. Got hit for seventy runs from his ten overs. Bowled too much down the leg side. His one plus point of the day was a fine knock with the bat of 29, before getting caught behind.

Jason Behrendorff – 6/10 – Was given the new ball but remained wicket-less and never really put England’s batsman under pressure.

Nathan Lyon – 4/10 – Kept bowling too short, and never really looked like getting a wicket.

 

England face New Zealand in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup final at Lords on Sunday, with first ball at 10.30am BST.

 

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