Plunkett: Defeats have made England stronger

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Australia will take on hosts England in the second semifinal of the Cricket World Cup to determine which team will earn the right to face New Zealand in the finals.

But could fatigue be an issue with only two bowlers sending down more deliveries thus far in the competition? The first semi-final has seen the battle between India and New Zealand at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester where New Zealand beat India by 18 runs. I think a lot of the guys will be calling on the experience of the Twenty20 World Cup - guys who have played in some big games in that format.

Writing Australia off from any major competition is always a risky game and in true Aussie fashion they have proved to be one of the most consistent teams in the competition. They banged away on a length, hit the splice of the bat, Chris Woakes started with three maidens and the pressure was on India when they exited the powerplay at 28 for one. "The amount of good faith and goodwill going around is fantastic, so we sense the support that's with us, but also the opportunity as well".

Following the revelation, an excited Handscomb said it feels like a dream come true to play in the World Cup semi-final.

Australia head coach Justin Langer told reporters in Birmingham on Tuesday, "I'll tell you the truth: Peter will definitely play, 100 percent".

Consecutive wins over fellow top-four finishers India and New Zealand got England through and they clearly carried their captain's conviction into Thursday's contest.

"Totally outplayed today, the way they had us 27 for three after 10 overs set the tone", Finch said after Australia's first loss in a World Cup semi-final.

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Sky UK and Ireland chief executive Stephen van Rooyen said: "England in the final on home soil is a huge moment for sport in this country and we are proud to be the host broadcaster".

England would have been mindful that they were bowled out for 221 and beaten by the same attack last month, but Jason Roy missed that game with a torn hamstring and his brilliant 85 put the game beyond a shellshocked Australia, who went down with 107 balls remaining.

The Age's Jon Pierik said the five-time champions were "chastened" after a one-sided defeat, pointing to a string of injuries that disrupted Australia's momentum.

Boult added: "It was mayhem out there, a little bit, with the new ball".

On the day, England's bowling was on point, tearing the Australian's opening order apart, and then they reaffirmed their dominance later on in the day with the bat. Soon Jason Roy who was looking good for a century got out in a hilarious way.

But he went on to make 77 and share a World Cup record seventh-wicket partnership of 116 with veteran wicketkeeper MS Dhoni, who made 50 in support.

"We knew a new batter coming in that situation would find it tough and wouldn't have been able to soak up just as much balls as we were doing".

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