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England beat New Zealand to reach Champions Trophy semi-finals

Half-centuries from Joe Root (64), Jos Buttler (61 not out) and Alex Hales (56) proved enough - although Morgan admitted he was far from sure they would after England were bowled out in 49.3 overs.

New Zealand's bowlers finally found their groove in the final overs, but by that point, England had already put together a solid innings.

"Guys like him (Wood) are so valuable to the team, And you can't leave any of our bowlers out". "I thought they did an outstanding job".

"The ICC have assured us that our safety is their number one priority, and they keep giving us updates daily about what's happening and what their plans are for us", Guptill explained.

"We won t think too much about it. but it is always nice to know that would be the outcome if we did win", said Buttler.

Sri Lanka's Upal Tharanga received a two-match suspension from the International Cricket Council when his side were similarly tardy against South Africa last weekend.

"I thought we looked like we were getting about 340 at stages, but fell away towards the end, which is disappointing".

Although it is not a new trend for players to pay their respects in the aftermath of a tragic event, this is perhaps the first time that a match was halted in between so that players can observe a minute's silence. But certainly his confidence is high against their side. All-rounder Ben Stokes also played a useful hand of 48 to help his side cross the 300 mark.

England play Australia in their final group game at Edgbaston on Saturday, knowing they could knock the Aussies out of the event. "It's a must-win game and as a bowling unit we definitely need to take wickets".

"We know how well we've done and we know if we perform to anywhere near our capability we are going to be a tough team to beat", said Stokes.

"Of course. any England-Australia game is a huge game", he said.

The host nation kicked off their Champions Trophy campaign in a tremendous fashion, defeating Bangladesh in the tournament opener while Kiwi had a subdued start with the infamous English weather playing the key role in the game against Australia.

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