England return to form and are now favourites to reach World Cup final

Chris Woakes (England)
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The ICC World Cup has now reached the final stages which sees England face off against rivals Australia in order to reach the final. They are now proving a popular selection amongst punters using offers at sportsbetting24.ca to reach the final in their pursuit of a first World cup title.

England had looked to be heading out of the competition following consecutive loses to Sri Lanka and Australia. The Sri Lanka lose was by 20 runs and possibly the biggest shock result of the competition this year. England then followed this up with a 64 run defeat to Australia at Lord’s. This game included a starring performance from Aaron Finch for Australia who scored 100 runs from just 116 balls. This is a key reason why the Australia’s will be hopeful they can progress through to the finals with victory tomorrow.

These two games meant England would need to win both of their final games if they were to progress through to the final four. This started with a 31 run victory over tournament favourites India, as England posted an incredible battling performance, with Jonny Bairstow playing the leading role as he picked up 111 runs from just 109 balls.

Another dominant display followed for England as they faced off against New Zealand. This saw them win by 119 runs as they bowled the visitors out in 45 overs for just 186. Jonny Bairstow continued his incredible run of form with another century as he scored 106 from 99 balls. This victory meant they progressed through to face off against Australia following finishing third in the table. Can England now progress through the final for the first time since 1992?

Australia finished second in the table with seven wins and two loses. This included the 36 run loss to table toppers India and the final 10 run defeat to South Africa. The latter defeat was the key reason they dropped off the top spot and ultimately will now play hosts England in the semi-finals rather than a tie with rivals New Zealand. They are remarkably going in search of a record breaking 6th World Cup title and fifth out of the last six they have contested. This is a key reason why they should not be underestimated and it is slightly surprising they go into the semi-final tomorrow as the underdogs considering they also beat England already in this competition.

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