The hosts lost to the Baggy Greens in the group stage.

England lock horns with rivals Australia at Edgbaston as they bid to reach their first World Cup final since 1992.

Eoin Morgan’s men may have been expecting a clash with India, but Australia’s surprise loss to South Africa means it is they who stand in England’s way.

England suffered three defeats on their way to their first semi-final for 27 years, inluding a comprehensive loss to Australia at Lord’s.

Here, PA takes a look at what to expect from this encounter.

Roy and Bairstow union pairing pivotal for England

Jason Roy (right) and Jonny Bairstow are a formidable opening pair

Jason Roy (right) and Jonny Bairstow are a formidable opening pair (Nigel French/PA)

That win for Australia at Lord’s came without Jason Roy in the home side. In his place, James Vince was bowled second ball which triggered a flurry of early wickets to take the sting out of England’s chase.

Roy’s return brought about a change of fortunes as he shone alongside opening partner Jonny Bairstow in must-win clashes with India and New Zealand.

It is a partnership which continues to sparkle. Their century stand against New Zealand was their third in succession – with no opening partnership making more in a single World Cup.

They also boast the best average partnership of any duo who have amassed more than 1,000 runs in one-day international cricket.

Roy and Bairstow, with their aggressive free-flowing style, are crucial to England’s hopes and will be desperate to build on their staggering form at Edgbaston – where they shared a 160-run opening stand against India.

Bairstow is also chasing a third successive century.

England hold Edgbaston edge

England knew that by beating New Zealand they would play in the second semi-final at Edgbaston.

Australia had the chance to face the Black Caps at Old Trafford, but defeat to South Africa means Birmingham will play host to this clash.

And that suits England just fine. They have won their last 10 matches at Edgbaston across all three formats, including their last four ODIs.

Australia, however, have not won at the ground in ODIs since 1993, with a remarkable six of their last nine matches there finishing as a tie or no result.

Aaron Finch’s side can take some comfort from their World Cup record against England, though, having not suffered defeat to their old rivals at the tournament since 1992 – winning the last four meetings.

Australia offer new-ball threat

Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc (right) did the damage against England

Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc (right) did the damage against England (Adam Davy/PA)

Left-arm pacemen Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc shared nine wickets in the clash at Lord’s.

Both struck twice to leave England 53 for four, with Starc dismissing the in-form Joe Root before sparking doubts over Morgan’s ability to handle the short ball.

Starc is the leading wicket-taker in the World Cup, just as he was four years ago, with 26 scalps to his name. England’s hopes may rest on seeing him off with the new ball, though the 29-year-old is also a key weapon at the death for Australia.

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Takeaways

England have won their last 10 matches at Edgbaston across all three formats.
Opening pair Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow have shared three successive century stands.

The hosts lost to the Baggy Greens in the group stage.

England lock horns with rivals Australia at Edgbaston as they bid to reach their first World Cup final since 1992.

Eoin Morgan’s men may have been expecting a clash with India, but Australia’s surprise loss to South Africa means it is they who stand in England’s way.

England suffered three defeats on their way to their first semi-final for 27 years, inluding a comprehensive loss to Australia at Lord’s.

Here, PA takes a look at what to expect from this encounter.

Roy and Bairstow union pairing pivotal for England

Jason Roy (right) and Jonny Bairstow are a formidable opening pair

Jason Roy (right) and Jonny Bairstow are a formidable opening pair (Nigel French/PA)

That win for Australia at Lord’s came without Jason Roy in the home side. In his place, James Vince was bowled second ball which triggered a flurry of early wickets to take the sting out of England’s chase.

Roy’s return brought about a change of fortunes as he shone alongside opening partner Jonny Bairstow in must-win clashes with India and New Zealand.

It is a partnership which continues to sparkle. Their century stand against New Zealand was their third in succession – with no opening partnership making more in a single World Cup.

They also boast the best average partnership of any duo who have amassed more than 1,000 runs in one-day international cricket.

Roy and Bairstow, with their aggressive free-flowing style, are crucial to England’s hopes and will be desperate to build on their staggering form at Edgbaston – where they shared a 160-run opening stand against India.

Bairstow is also chasing a third successive century.

England hold Edgbaston edge

England knew that by beating New Zealand they would play in the second semi-final at Edgbaston.

Australia had the chance to face the Black Caps at Old Trafford, but defeat to South Africa means Birmingham will play host to this clash.

And that suits England just fine. They have won their last 10 matches at Edgbaston across all three formats, including their last four ODIs.

Australia, however, have not won at the ground in ODIs since 1993, with a remarkable six of their last nine matches there finishing as a tie or no result.

Aaron Finch’s side can take some comfort from their World Cup record against England, though, having not suffered defeat to their old rivals at the tournament since 1992 – winning the last four meetings.

Australia offer new-ball threat

Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc (right) did the damage against England

Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc (right) did the damage against England (Adam Davy/PA)

Left-arm pacemen Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc shared nine wickets in the clash at Lord’s.

Both struck twice to leave England 53 for four, with Starc dismissing the in-form Joe Root before sparking doubts over Morgan’s ability to handle the short ball.

Starc is the leading wicket-taker in the World Cup, just as he was four years ago, with 26 scalps to his name. England’s hopes may rest on seeing him off with the new ball, though the 29-year-old is also a key weapon at the death for Australia.

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England to have a 100+ opening partnership
England to win
Mitchell Starc to be Australia’s top bowler

Takeaways

England have won their last 10 matches at Edgbaston across all three formats.
Opening pair Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow have shared three successive century stands.