Australia will have to hand over their fifth World Cup trophy to either England or New Zealand on July 14 after they crashed out of the tournament on Thursday. England crushed the defending champions by 8 wickets at Edgbaston to set up the final against the Kiwis at Lord’s on Sunday.
The loss meant Australia suffered their first defeat in a World Cup semi-final in eight matches. They had won in 1975, 1987, 1996, 2003, 2007 and 2015 while the 1999 semi-final against South Africa had ended in a tie.
The Aussies have lifted the trophy on five occasions in 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2015.
England meanwhile, will be playing their first 50-over World Cup final after 27 years after the 1992 edition in which they had lost to Pakistan in the summit clash. Before that England had played the finals in 1979 and 1987.
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New Zealand on the other hand, have played eight semi-finals as well but managed to reach the final twice only. They were the finalists in 2015 but lost the game against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The final on Sunday will be the fourth instance when two sides, who had previously never won the World Cup, will be facing each other after 1975 (West Indies vs Australia), 1987 (Australia vs England) and 1992 (Pakistan vs England).
If England beat New Zealand in the summit clash, then they will become the third nation after India and Australia to lift the trophy on home soil. India was the first team to achieve the feat in 2011 while Australia replicated it in 2015.
England’s final appearance will be their sixth in an ICC ODI tournament, drawing them level with West Indies in third place. Australia have played 9 finals of ICC ODI tournaments while India have featured in 7. New Zealand are tied in fourth place with Sri Lanka with four final appearances.
England on Thursday outclassed Australia in all three departments and won by 8 wickets in a completely one-sided clash at Edgbaston to enter the World Cup final for the fourth time.
Chasing a paltry total of 223, England rode on Jason Roy’s swashbuckling 85 off 119 balls to chase down the total with 107 balls to spare. The victory margin is the fourth-biggest in terms of balls to spare.