Australia won the toss and opted to bat in opposition to hosts England in a blockbuster world Cup semi-final at Edgbaston on Thursday.

The winner of nowadays's in shape will face New Zealand, who emerged positive towards India inside the first semi-very last on Wednesday, inside the very last at Lord's.

England are unchanged, whilst Australia bring in Peter Handscomb for the injured Usman Khawaja.

. Handscomb will bat at range 4, that means Steve Smith has gone up the order to wide variety 3.

There have been scattered clouds on a sunny and heat morning in Birmingham.

4 years of planning

four years of making plans might be put on the road for England after their woeful first-spherical exit on the 2015 edition brought on a entire rethink of their method to one-Day Internationals for a aspect that had lengthy positioned check fulfillment particularly other concerns.

Australian teach Trevor Bayliss became drafted in with the intention of guiding their bid for a primary world Cup name.

The transformation has been surprising, with England mountaineering to primary inside the ODI rankings underneath the astute captaincy of Eoin Morgan.

Their rise to the summit has been based on dynamic run-scoring, with in-shape openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow leading the manner.

Host broadcaster Sky has stated it's going to allow the final to be proven on loose-to-air tv in Britain — but handiest if England are involved within the showpiece suit.

it'd be the first time seeing that 2005 that a major England guys's domestic match had emerged from behind a united kingdom television paywall, with cricket having a danger to reconnect with a 'misplaced' target audience in its birthplace.

but Morgan urged England to avoid being overawed via the size of the project confronting them in Birmingham.

"every so often I'm guilty of it, you can lose sight of the position you're in and the truth you're living your dream," Morgan stated on Wednesday.

Australia, however, have by no means misplaced any in their seven previous international Cup semi-finals — although they did tie with South Africa at Edgbaston twenty years in the past before advancing into the final way to their superior internet run-rate from the preceding 'top notch Six' level.

England had won 10 of their ultimate eleven ODIs against Australia prior to the sector Cup.

but that counted for nothing whilst Australia landed a mental blow inside the organization level, beating Ashes rivals England with the aid of sixty four runs at Lord's remaining month.

Australia left-arm quicks Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc shared 9 wickets among them in a fit in which Australia captain Aaron Finch made 100 after surviving a testing starting from England's fast bowlers.


England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark wood

Australia: Aaron Finch (capt), David Warner, Steven Smith, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff