Pacers guide Oz into semifinal with win over England

Mitchell Starc produced a world-class yorker to get rid of the dangerous Ben Stokes while Jason Behrendorff returned career best figures to hand Australia a place in the semifinal with a 64-run win over hosts England in a high-octane World Cup group stage clash at the Lord”s here on Tuesday.

Starc (4/43) first reduced England to 26/3 with the wickets of in-form Joe Root (8) and skipper Eoin Morgan (4) as the hosts set out to chase 286 for victory after the Aussies posted 285/7 in 50 overs.

But Stokes (89; 115b, 4×8, 6×2) threatened to take the game away from Australia with a brilliant innings before Starc, back for his second spell, castled the England all-rounder with an impeccable off-stump yorker, tailing away as it zeroed in on the base of the pole.

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