England’s momentous eight-wicket win over the Aussies has put them into their first Cricket World Cup final for 27 years, where they will face New Zealand at Lord’s on Sunday. Meet England’s diverse cricket squad on the brink of history.
The squad is captained by Dublin-born Eoin Morgan and also includes players born in Barbados, New Zealand and South Africa – as well as two players with Pakistani heritage.
The side will be aiming to win the tournament for the first time.
Here’s a rundown of who’s who in the team and how they’ve done so far.The 24-year-old fast bowler “delivered beautifully” in the biggest game of his career with 2-32 in the semi-final, former England captain Andrews Strauss told Sky Sports.
Archer was born in Bridgetown, Barbados, to an English father and Bajan mother and now plays for Sussex.
He joined the squad after the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) changed the qualification rules so three years of residency were enough, rather than seven.
Leg spinner Rashid has taken 11 wickets so far in the World Cup, including 3-54 from 10 overs in the semi-final.
Born in Bradford to a family from Pakistan, the 31-year-old got into the sport early.
He was helped by his cricket-mad father, Abdul, who gave up part of his job and turned their basement into a cricket net for him and his brothers.
At just 13, he took all the wickets in an adult match for Bradford and debuted for the England one-day side in 2009.
Rashid plays for his home county, Yorkshire.
Captain Eoin Morgan has notched up 362 runs in the World Cup, including a record 17 sixes for a mighty 148 against Afghanistan.
Morgan debuted for Ireland when he was 16, but the 32-year-old – who has an English mother – switched allegiances to England in 2009
He became the one-day international (ODI) captain just before the last World Cup and is now England’s most-capped one-day player.
The Middlesex player says beating the Aussies was “close to a perfect performance” as he now looks for his side to make history at Lord’s this weekend.
The New-Zealand born cricketer began the World Cup with a sensational catch against South Africa that some commentators said ranks among the best ever.
“Stokesy”, 28, has so far scored 381 runs and taken seven wickets during his debut tournament.
The all-rounder, who plays for Durham, moved to Cumbria when he was 12 after his father got a job coaching rugby there.
He made headlines for the wrong reasons last year when he lost his England vice-captaincy and a place on the Ashes tour after footage emerged of him brawling outside a Bristol nightclub.
He was reinstated when a trial cleared him of affray.
Root helped England ease over the line in the semi against Australia, hitting 49 off 46 balls – including eight fours.
The Sheffield-born batsman is captain of the England Test team and went to the same school as Olympian Jessica Ennis.
He has scored 549 this World Cup, including centuries against the West Indies and Pakistan.
Root, 28, who represents his home county Yorkshire, made his Test debut in 2012.
Long pegged as a future captain, he took over from Alastair Cook in February 2017, and will face off against the Aussies five more times this summer as he leads his side in The Ashes.
The all-rounder, 32, has played in five of England’s 10 matches, scoring 75 runs and taking five wickets – including 3-50 against Pakistan.
Born in Birmingham into a Muslim family of Pakistani heritage, he made his Test and ODI debuts in 2014.
Now playing for Worcestershire, his distinctive facial hair often sees him affectionately referred to as “the beard that’s feared”.
A referee banned him from wearing “Save Gaza” and “Free Palestine” wristbands during a Test against India in 2014, despite England giving him permission.
Like Rashid, Bairstow was born in Bradford and plays county cricket for Yorkshire, as well as T-20 for Indian side Sunrisers Hyderabad.
In his first World Cup he has managed 496 runs and two centuries – 111 against India and 106 against New Zealand in the quarter-finals.
The wicket keeper-batsman has been in the one-day side since 2011 and the Test side since 2012.
In another world, the 29-year-old may have been a footballer – he had trials with Leeds United as a right-back.
Born in Durban, South Africa, Roy put in a phenomenal performance in the semi-final – knocking 85 off 65 balls.
That tally included nine fours and five sixes, with former captain Andrew Strauss telling Sky Sports he “delivered perfectly”.
He is on two centuries for the tournament – including a 153 against Bangladesh – and has 426 runs so far.
The 28-year-old came to the UK at 10, and a Surrey county debut came at 17 – he still plays for the side.
Perhaps his finest moment to day was hitting England’s highest ever ODI score – a 180 Down Under against Australia in January 2018.
Wicketkeeper Buttler made 103 against Pakistan and is on 253 runs for the tournament.
Nicknamed Jose, the 28-year-old England vice-captain plays county cricket for Lancashire and at one point held the record for scoring England’s three fastest one-day hundreds.
A specialist in limited-overs games, the Somerset-born player he is also part of the Test squad having made his debut in 2014.
Fast bowler Liam Plunkett has played six matches in this year’s tournament, taking eight wickets, but none in the semi-final where he was 0-44.
The 34-year-old right-hander was born in Middlesbrough and made his Test debut back in 2005, but hasn’t been used in that format since 2014.
His one-day international career started in 2015 and his best bowling figures for this tournament are 3/55 against India.
Described by Andrew Strauss as “England’s unsung hero”, Woakes got 3-20 from his eight overs against the Aussies, including the prize wicket of David Warner.
The Birmingham-born fast seam bowler has 13 wickets and 132 runs so far in his second World Cup.
A remarkable 2016, including 11 for 102 against Pakistan, saw him named one of Wisden’s cricketers of the year and revived his Test career.
The 30-year-old plays county cricket for Warwickshire – and is also an Aston Villa supporter.
Wood managed one wicket for 45 runs against the Aussies, but has taken 17 wickets from nine matches this tournament, including 3-18 against the West Indies.
Also a member of the Test squad, he took the wicket that won the Ashes in 2015.
Born in Northumberland, the fast bowler plays for Durham and also played for India’s Chennai Super Kings in 2018.
Batsman Vince has so far been only a bit-part player in his first World Cup, scoring 40 runs – 26 against Afghanistan and 14 against Sri Lanka.
The Sussex-born player is the current captain of Hampshire.
:: Tom Curran
Bowler Tom Curran is in the World Cup squad but so far the South-African-born player has yet to start.
:: Liam Dawson
The Hampshire cricketer is another member of the squad who has not played.
Source : news.sky