England thrash New Zealand to surge into semis

England advanced to the semi-finals of a tournament they have never won with an 87-run victory over New Zealand in the Champions Trophy at a wind-swept Sophia Gardens on Wednesday.

A win in their final Group A game at Edgbaston on Saturday would put their old rivals on a plane home, but if England let them off the hook they could face them in the final at The Ovalon Sunday week.

An impressive 81-run stand for the second wicket between Alex Hales and Joe Root helped England seal their berth in the semifinals of the Champions Trophy, comfortably beating New Zealand by 87 runs in Cardiff on Tuesday.

Victory for England on Tuesday would see them into the semi-finals of a 50-over tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day global teams.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Morgan said: "At the halfway stage we felt we had an under par score on the board and would need the best out of bowlers, and I think we've probably seen the best of our bowling line up here today".

The Australians - who have been bedevilled by the weather with two no results against Bangladesh and New Zealand - could still go through depending on the outcome of the other group game between the Kiwis and the Bangladeshis.

"We all know the importance of getting wickets early in the innings and putting the team under pressure", he said.

Boult added that they are not focusing on any particular Bangladesh player.

"We'll have a very serious attitude", said Morgan.

It set the tone for England to grab the initiative, with Liam Plunkett the pick of the bowlers as he took 4-55 in a commanding triumph for his side. "A lot of credit goes to the way they bowled on that surface to extract what they did out of it".

New Zealand will also be looking for England to do them a favour, as an Australia win would send the Kiwis out.

England's 118 for two was soon transformed into 134 for three when captain Eoin Morgan was caught behind chasing a wide ball from left-armer Anderson.

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.

  • Julie Sanders