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Starc surpasses McGrath in setting new World Cup wickets record

Starc surpasses McGrath in setting new World Cup wickets record”

The in-form duo of Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow started to take Aussie bowlers on from the word go.

England, the tournament host, will play New Zealand in the final at Lord's on Sunday.

Starc is the leading wicket-taker at this World Cup by a fair distance.

Roy dominated his opening stand with Bairstow and smoked Smith for three consecutive maximums, the third a 101-meter blow over the part-time spinner's head.

Roy struck five sixes and nine fours before being given out caught behind even though he didn't touch the ball.

Australia failed to win a World Cup semifinal for the first time in eight attempts, unable to defend a total of 223 that it limped to after being reduced to 14-3 after winning the toss.

England´s woeful first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup prompted a root-and-branch reform of their approach to one-day internationals for a side that had long placed Test success above all other considerations. England have been probably the front-runners in world cricket over the last four years, the way they have changed the game, their game plan in particular has been very aggressive, taking it to the opposition.

Having slipped to 166-7, a 51-run eighth wicket partnership between Smith and Starc took the visitors past 200 but England took two wickets in two balls - a brilliant direct hit from wicketkeeper Jos Buttler at the non-striker's end running out Smith for a tournament-best 85 before Mitchell Starc (29) nicked Woakes' next delivery behind.



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