Chris Woakes hails 'incredible' England after hosts power into World Cup final

England's Eoin Morgan during nets

England's Eoin Morgan during nets

England entered their first World Cup final since 1992 decimating five-time champions Australia by eight wickets. Asked how it felt to help take England to within touching distance of their first World Cup crown, Woakes said his team had tried their best to block out the potentially historic nature of their campaign.

They were quick and accurate and extracted the maximum possible movement out of the morning surface and although Steve Smith and Alex Carey were able to rebuild, Australia never truly recovered from that opening blitz.

Earlier, Aaron Finch's decision to bat appeared to backfire with Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer blowing away the Australian top order.

Eoin Morgan´s side ended Australia´s bid to retain the World Cup in ruthless fashion at Edgbaston, dismissing their old rivals for 223 and then powering to victory in 32.1 overs thanks to Jason Roy´s blistering 85.

The biggest concern during England's batting innings was a potential groin strain that seem to hinder Bairstow and he was trapped plumb in front by Starc for 34 - ultimately wasting England's review.

While Australia lick their wounds before facing England in the Ashes next month, the progress of Morgan´s team comes after a four-year overhaul. Mustafizur Rahman of Bangladesh is second on this list, with 20 wickets.

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"Having beaten India at this ground, we'd have come here with similar confidence, taken the momentum from the group stages", Morgan said.

Chasing 224 in a World Cup semifinal was not expected to be a walk in the park but England made it just that with an aggressive approach that has become synonymous with them over the past four years.

England enjoyed a sensational start to proceedings at a rocking Edgbaston as they reduced Australia to 14-3 in 6.1 overs.

"So there was quite a drastic change in the way we played and the way we looked at playing our 50-over cricket".

"If you told me after the last World Cup that we'd reach the final I wouldn't have believed you", the captain told the BBC's Test Match Special.

"I think their performance in the semi-final was probably their best".

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