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England reaches Champions Trophy Semis

England reaches Champions Trophy Semis

Sent into bat, Jos Buttler provided a late flourish with a quick-fire unbeaten 61 after Joe Root scored a fluent half-century to propel England to 310 all out.

Guptill (26) combined with Luke Ronchi (65 off 43) to kickstart the New Zealand innings against Australia last week, with skipper Kane Williamson's 97-ball 100 anchoring the Black Caps to 291 off 45 overs.

The upshot was that Australia and New Zealand received just a point apiece, while England took two after defeating Bangladesh by eight wickets in their opener at the Oval.

Jake Ball bowled a tight spell of 31/2 in his eight overs to restrict New Zealand and the Kiwis' chances of qualifying for the semis now look very bleak.

Steven Finn will replace injured fellow bowler Chris Woakes in England's Champions Trophy squad, the International Cricket Council confirmed on Sunday.

Morgan confirmed England will not be letting up at the weekend.

"It's a great feeling - obviously we've got one more game against the Aussies and it would be nice to beat them and go unbeaten in the group stage", said Ball, the nephew of former England wicket-keeper Bruce French. Morgan insists there will be no easy ride. "I thought we were probably 10 or 15 short, 320 is probably a par score regardless of the game we're playing in these days".

However, the moment Williamson was caught behind off a snorter from Mark Wood, the Kiwi innings fell apart. "And Australia are one of the best teams".

The victor will progress to the semi-finals if England, who have already qualified from Group A, beat Australia in the section's final match at Edgbaston on Saturday.

England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler has played a remarkable scoop shot for six during England's Champions Trophy victory over New Zealand in Cardiff.

"I think if we're truly going to be contenders for this tournament, we need to beat the best teams - and Australia are one of the best teams", he said.

Wood and Ball, who also removed Ross Taylor for 39, went for less than four runs an over as Rashid's leg-spin was also economical and accounted for Neil Broom and Mitchell Santner.

"They are a very good side to be well respected but we always focus on ourselves, what we can do well and will not change our style of cricket".