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Eoin Morgan (left) and Joe Root celebrate after securing victory over Australia on Thursday

England crushed Australia to reach the final of the World Cup at Edgbaston on Thursday.

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The hosts, who won with nearly 18 overs to spare, will meet New Zealand in their first World Cup final since 1992 on Sunday.

Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid shone with the ball, sharing six wickets to bowl the Aussies out for 223, while Jason Roy’s brilliant 85 allowed Joe Root and Eoin Morgan to secure the victory under little pressure. 

Here, Sportsmail’s Richard Gibson assesses the performances of both sets of players at Edgbaston. 

Eoin Morgan (left) and Joe Root celebrate after securing victory over Australia on Thursday

Eoin Morgan (left) and Joe Root celebrate after securing victory over Australia on Thursday

England 

Team average – 8 

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Jason Roy – 9.5

Arguably a better player now than even at the start of this tournament. His combination of poise and power made a modest run-chase an absolute cakewalk.

Jason Roy salutes the crowd after putting England in firm control with a score of 85

Jason Roy salutes the crowd after putting England in firm control with a score of 85

Jason Roy salutes the crowd after putting England in firm control with a score of 85

Jonny Bairstow – 7.5 

Great discipline and judgment at the crease until a terrible decision to challenge his lbw cost England a review and Roy a 10th ODI hundred. Fine early catch to dismiss Warner.

Joe Root – 8.5

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The perfect situation for the team’s conductor and leading run scorer to walk into. The Test captain kept up the run-a-ball scoring rate without breaking sweat.

Eoin Morgan – 8.5

Has the team like clockwork in the field and met his short-ball examination by Mitchell Starc with a flamboyant thrash over the infield for four before dashing for the finishing line.

 

Morgan helped guide England over the finishing line as they reached a first final since 1992

Morgan helped guide England over the finishing line as they reached a first final since 1992

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Morgan helped guide England over the finishing line as they reached a first final since 1992

Ben Stokes – 6.5

Starved of an opportunity to bat by the ruthlessness of others. A sign of exactly how dominant England were in their biggest one-day match for 27 years.

Jos Buttler – 7

There can have been few such comprehensive victories in which their game-changer has played such a reduced role. Stunning run out of Smith and a tidy display behind the stumps.

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Chris Woakes – 9.5

If he started this competition quietly, he looks like being a big noise now. Produced the kind of metronomic brilliance that had us drooling over Glenn McGrath in his pomp.

 

Chris Woakes celebrates after taking the wicket of Mitchell Starc during Thursday's semi-final

Chris Woakes celebrates after taking the wicket of Mitchell Starc during Thursday's semi-final

Chris Woakes celebrates after taking the wicket of Mitchell Starc during Thursday’s semi-final

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Liam Plunkett – 6.5

England’s shop floor worker recovered from an expensive opening over to cap Australia’s scoring rate as they looked to expand their range of strokes and build a total.

Adil Rashid – 9

Saved his best performance to date for the biggest occasion, answering Morgan’s demand for mid-innings disruption with a double-wicket over and the fine dismissal of Pat Cummins.

Jofra Archer – 9.5

Everything you’d want from a fast-bowler: blood drawn, ball flying through at chest height and the batsmen caged to an extent that he conceded just one boundary in 10 overs.

Jofra Archer caused plenty of problems for Australia, conceding just one boundary in 10 overs

Jofra Archer caused plenty of problems for Australia, conceding just one boundary in 10 overs

Jofra Archer caused plenty of problems for Australia, conceding just one boundary in 10 overs

Mark Wood – 7

Maintained the hostility when he took the baton from Archer, culminating with a roar of triumph when he yorked Jason Behrendorff to finish the Australian innings.

Australia 

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Team average – 5.5

David Warner – 5

Nicked a beauty from Woakes to leave him one run shy of Rohit Sharma — the tournament’s leading scorer — and Australia in dire straits 10 minutes into their innings.

Aaron Finch – 5

A man who has proved an inspirational Ieader must have wished the coin had fallen the other way when, after winning the toss, he burned his side’s review in the second over.

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Steve Smith – 9

An outstanding reaction to the hostility he faced from both the opposition attack and the terraces. His innings had its impact diluted by the failings of others. 

Steve Smith acknowledges the crowd at Edgbaston after reaching his half century

Steve Smith acknowledges the crowd at Edgbaston after reaching his half century

Steve Smith acknowledges the crowd at Edgbaston after reaching his half century 

Peter Handscomb – 4

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Parachuted in from Australia A’s tour, he looked every inch a batsman without a competitive innings for three months and was put out of his misery by Woakes.

Alex Carey – 7

Has the toughness of Steve Waugh, as revealed by his reaction to being struck by Archer, but gave it away with a big shot when Australia were threatening a revival. 

Marcus Stoinis – 4.5 

Fell for the sucker punch, failing to read a clever googly from Rashid in the same over Carey had departed, leaving Smith grimacing in anguish.    

Glenn Maxwell – 5

In keeping with the rest of his tournament, the big show was not much of a show at all. A typical cameo of 22 ended when Archer outfoxed him with a cunning variation. 

Glenn Maxwell looks dejected as he leaves the field after being caught by Eoin Morgan

Glenn Maxwell looks dejected as he leaves the field after being caught by Eoin Morgan

Glenn Maxwell looks dejected as he leaves the field after being caught by Eoin Morgan

Pat Cummins – 6

Tidy enough with the ball but not the searing threat he was in the Ashes 20 months ago and was gifted Roy’s wicket by umpire Kumar Dharmasena’s shocking decision.

Mitchell Starc – 6

Not given much to play with by his batsmen, the World Cup’s leading wicket taker hauled Australia beyond 200 but then ran into the brilliant Roy with ball in hand. 

Jason Behrendorff – 5

Without either scoreboard pressure or lavish swing as an accomplice, the left-armer was a much reduced threat to the man who took five England wickets at Lord’s last month. 

Nathan Lyon – 4

The one thing he got spot on was his pre-match prediction that England were heavy favourites for this match. They took him for eight boundaries in five sorry overs.