England thrash Australia to make Cricket World Cup final

There were plenty of celebrations for England at Edgbaston (DIBYANGSHU SARKAR / AFP)

England are through to the final of the Cricket World Cup after securing an emphatic eight-wicket win over Australia at Edgbaston.

Eoin Morgan's men lost the toss and were made to field first but got off to an excellent start, dismissing Aaron Finch for a golden duck before quickly adding the wickets of David Warner and Peter Handscomb.

Steve Smith steadied matters for the Aussies, hitting 85, while Alex Carey added 46 as Australia eventually made 223.

However, the total proved to be a breeze for the tournament hosts with openers Jason Roy (85) and Jonny Bairstow (34) enjoying a 124-run partnership.

Morgan and Joe Root then completed the win with 107 balls remaining, scoring 45 and 49 respectively.

In Sunday's final at Lords England will face New Zealand, who beat India in the other semi-final.

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