England ended a 27-year drought since its last World Cup final in 1992 and will play New Zealand with the winning side to claim its first triumph in the tournament.

The loss was Australia’s first loss in the semi-finals in its proud World Cup history, which includes five victories.

While Australia came in with the weight of history, the side was never in the match, falling to 3/15 early in their innings before a Steve Smith rearguard action helped the side to 223.

But it was never going to be enough as England brutalised Australia’s bowlers to claim the dominant victory.

England reached the target just two wickets down and with 107 balls remaining.

A streaky shot from English captain Eoin Morgan brought up the win another boundary driving the final nail into the coffin.

“The World Cup holders are out, Australia have been completely outplayed by England,” former England captain Nasser Hussain said in commentary. “It’s been clinical, it’s been ruthless by England.”

England had struggled earlier in the World Cup, losing three games in the group stages before defeating India and New Zealand to avoid an embarrassing early exit.

But playing at Edgbaston, which proved its reputation as being far from a happy hunting ground for Australia, England were ruthless.

The side’s last win in any form was in the 2001 Ashes Series, while the last win in an ODI was back in 1993.

Australia’s Edgbaston graveyard was evident from the early stages of the game as England put in a relentless performance to dismantle the defending champions.

When the sides met earlier in the tournament, Aussie quicks Mitchell Starc and Jason Behrendorff ripped through England with ease with, taking 5/44.

But it was a completely different affair in the semi-final.

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English captain Eoin Morgan said the demolition job was how England wanted to play in ODIs.

“Today’s a good example of us setting the tone from ball one and when we got on top, we made Australia pay,” he said.

Australia’s batting innings was described as “criminal” by former Australian bowler Brendan Julian as the side were demolished by England’s bowlers and bowled out with six balls remaining.

It started in the second over with Aaron Finch dismissed LBW with the first ball of the second over.

It set an unwanted record for the Aussie skipper.

David Warner was out trying to get out of the way of a Jofra Archer bouncer and Peter Handscomb’s World Cup campaign lasted just 12 balls before he was bowled for four.

Only a 103-run partnership between Smith and Alex Carey gave Australia any hope of amassing a competitive total.

Carey was hit early in his innings with the ball getting underneath the helmet grill and removing the safety equipment. The Aussie keeper had to catch the helmet before it rolled back onto the stumps, which would have left Australia in an even more dire predicament.

But just as he was looking to bring up his 50, Carey was caught by James Vince on the boundary to leave Australia 4/117.

Marcus Stoinis came and went on his second ball, Glenn Maxwell hit 22 off 23 before being bamboozled by Archer and Pat Cummins offered little resistance.

Mitchel Starc and Smith helped Australia over the 200 mark with a 51-run stand before the former Aussie skipper was dismissed.

Smith had rebuilt the Australian innings with amid booing English fans at Edgbaston who have made the ground an unhappy hunting ground for Australia.

When he game in after Finch’s dismissal, when he hit 50 and when he was dismissed, a chorus of boos rang out as the home crowd tried to make him feel uncomfortable.

But Smith showed that despite his one-year ban, he is still the man to pull out the big scores when Australia needs it most.

“Good man for a crisis today for Australia,” Nasser Hussain said in commentary. “The smile goes up with the boos, he won’t care one bit.”

Smith passed the milestone with little fanfare but plenty of noise from the parochial Edgbaston crowd.

But as he got to 85 late in the innings, a supreme piece of fielding from English wicketkeeper Jos Buttler run the Aussie star out.

Picking up the ball, Buttler threw the stumps down with the ball going between Smith’s legs.

Mitchell Starc followed the next ball for 29 before Jason Behrendorff was the last wicket to fall, bowled for 1 with six balls still remaining.

Fox Sports commentator Kerry O’Keeffe called the innings a “below par” performance from Australia who lost wickets early and regularly.

England in contrast were in control from the outset.

Whereas Australia were 3/27 off 10 overs, England were 0/50 as Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow peeled off runs with relative ease.

Roy even took to Smith’s one over, crushing 21 runs including three sixes, including a 101m monster which bounced off the roof.

Australia’s only joy came when Bairstow was trapped LBW with Starc taking a record breaking dismissal, with his 27th wicket of the tournament, passing Glenn McGrath’s record of 26 in the 2007 World Cup.

Roy was caught behind soon after despite replays showing he missed the ball, with the English star calling it a “f***ing embarrassment” after his 65-ball 85.

Joe Root (49) and Eoin Morgan (45) were the not out batsmen as England romped home with 107 balls to spare.

Despite the loss, Australian skipper Aaron Finch said the World Cup had shown how far Australia had come and the side had shown plenty of character and a “backs to the wall” attitude.

“We were just totally outplayed today. I think the way they set the tone with the ball today — they had us 3/27 after 10 overs — is a huge part of the game,” Finch said.

“They bowled a great length, aiming to hit the stumps a lot. There are still a lot of positives to take out of the whole World Cup campaign and the last few months. We’ve come a long way in the last 12 months this time last year when we were last in England.”

During their 2018 tour, Australia were whitewashed 5-0.

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