England fans showed no sympathy to Australia after watching their team thrash their arch-rivals to qualify for Sunday’s Cricket World Cup final.
The three-times runners-up put in an outstanding performance as they romped to a comfortable victory in today’s semi-final at Edgbaston, in Birmingham.
Fans celebrated wildly after the win, waving farewell to Australian supporters who left early as England closed in on victory.
And they carried on the jubilant celebrations by mocking their defeated rivals on social media.
One fan wrote: ‘I never thought I would feel sorry for the Australian cricket team. And I was right.’
Another said: ‘Hard not to feel a bit sorry for Australia in the face of this onslaught. But I can confirm that I’ve managed not to.’
A mocking tweet from Gary Lineker read: ‘Thoughts are with our Australian friends at this difficult time.’
Some Australian fans left early and were serenaded by England fans in the crowd as they made their exits
England captain Eoin Morgan is embraced by star batsman Joe Root after scoring the winning runs in the semi-final match
England fans celebrated jubilantly at Edgbaston, in Birmingham, as they watched their team thrash arch rivals Australia
The England Players’ wives and girlfriends celebrate the dominant victory in a corporate box
England’s hero Jason Roy embraces friends and family after his impressive performance today
Delighted England fans shared video of some of the more dramatic moments from the match, including the run-out of Australia’s star man Steve Smith.
The batsman and former captained led his team’s fightback but was run-out with the ball going through his legs to hit the wicket.
Smith and fellow batsman David Warner are pantomime villains for many England fans and have been booed at grounds all over the country during the tournament.
They became targets after being found guilty of ball-tampering during a match in 2018, by using sandpaper to give themselves an advantage.
Smith and Warner were both given bans but there is long-standing anger that they weren’t longer.
Gleeful England fans took to Twitter to rub in today’s victory, poking fun at Smith and Warner in particular.
England fans poked fun at the Australian team, particularly pantomime villains David Warner (left) and Steve Smith (right)
The home team will be the favourites going into the showpiece, after thrashing their opponents just eight days ago in the group stage.
The big match will be shown for free on Channel 4 and More 4, as well as on Sky Sports, Channel 4 announced after today’s semi-final.
Whatever the result of Sunday’s final, the World Cup will have a new winner for the first time since 1996, as New Zealand have also never won the competition.
England fans celebrate after winning the ICC World Cup, Semi Final at Edgbaston today
England’s victory was built on the back of an excellent batting performance from Jason Roy, pictured raising his bat as he acknowledges applause from supporters
England’s captain Eoin Morgan scored the winning runs in the semi-final match today
It was a comfortable win for the England team, chasing down Australia’s total with 18 overs to spare.
Captain Eoin Morgan scored the winning runs, sparking wild celebrations in the stands at a packed Edgbaston.
The victory came on the back of an excellent bowling performance that saw Australia’s big-hitting batsmen restricted to just 223.
Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer and Adil Rashid performed wonders with the ball after Australia chose to bat first, reducing the visitors to 14 for three in a frenzied opening burst before restricting them to a relatively low score.
England’s victory was built on the back of an excellent performance from opener Jason Roy, who smashed three sixes in a row and scored 85 off 65 balls.
Joe Root spreads his arms wide in celebration after a famous victory against Australia in Birmingham today
England fans celebrate after watching their team make the Cricket World Cup final today
Morgan will now lead England to Lord’s and said: ‘I am delighted. I would like to thank the fans to start, we’ve had unbelievable support.
‘Today is a good example of just going out and setting the tone from ball one.’
On star bowler Chris Woakes, Morgan said: ‘I am extremely happy for him. He’s a cool customer, he’s been one of the best bowlers in the first 10 overs for a couple of years and today was his day.’
It gives British fans the chance to finally win a trophy, after England’s men and women’s team both lost World Cup semi-finals in the past 12 months and Andy Murray bowed out of Wimbledon a few days ago.
The cricket team’s victory comes a year to the day that the men’s football team lost against Croatia.
Several high-profile fans took to Twitter to congratulate the England team on their win.
TV presenter and former footballer Gary Lineker tweeted: ‘England have won a World Cup semifinal and in some style. Now that doesn’t happen very often. Well played @englandcircket, well played.’
Prime Minister Theresa May wrote: ‘ Great win for @EnglandCricket today – every England fan will have enjoyed that one! Good luck for Sunday.’
Piers Morgan said: ‘England annihilated Australia. Out-bowled them. Out-batted them. Out-fielded them. Only thing the Aussies did better than us was win the toss.
‘Congrats @Eoin16 & his brilliant team. A stunning performance.’
England’s Jonny Bairstow and Mark Wood celebrate with their teammates and coaches after the win
Australia’s players console one another after the heavy defeat against their arch-rivals today
Channel 4 has struck a deal with Sky Sports, which holds the UK broadcast rights for the tournament, to show the final at Lord’s and will combine it with its live coverage of the Formula 1 British Grand Prix.
Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon said: ‘This is fantastic news for cricket fans and the nation.
‘This Sunday is a massive day for British sport with England tantalisingly close to lifting the Cricket World Cup for the first time and Lewis Hamilton setting his sights on his seventh win at Silverstone – all live on Channel 4.’
Sky UK and Ireland chief executive Stephen van Rooyen added: ‘England in the final on home soil is a huge moment for sport in this country and we are proud to be the host broadcaster.
‘Thanks to our strong relationship with Channel 4, we are partnering to make the game available to everyone, so the whole country can get behind England, and be part of a special national sporting event.’
England and Australia will renew their rivalry in the Ashes, which starts on August 1.