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It's their chance to make history, but will they be able to overcome the reigning champions? England are slight favourites despite losing to Australia during group play.

Eoin Morgan's side take on Australia at Edgbaston tomorrow in the semi-final, with the final set to take place on Sunday.

Rewind just a couple of weeks and England's prospects were looking vastly different, with Australia's 64-run win at Lord's forcing the hosts to the brink of elimination. "You're reading a bit too much into it", said Australia captain Finch.

But they're certainly not unbeatable! Their semi-final match against South Africa at Birmingham ended in a tie in 1999.

Will the ground make a difference?

Eoin Morgan's men have been irresistible in the format over the last four years but having won 17 consecutive run chases at home, they fell short batting second three times in the group stage.

Plunkett made his global debut in 2005 and played his first World Cup match in 2007, but admits to have never previously been part of a side who he thought could win the tournament. "I will pick England ahead of Australia but only just", he concluded.

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Edgbaston can hold around 25,000 people, but there have been some concerns the stadium may not be full.

"They are not ones that are considered good for a team environment and don't take the best interests of the team or the player at heart".

As of Wednesday afternoon, there were still tickets available on the ICC website, with the International Cricket Council telling fans with unwanted tickets to resell them on their official site. Handscomb had played well before World Cup 2019 but was unlucky not to get picked in the squad as Steve Smith and David Warner returned to the side.

The Teesside product has been a key cog in England's attack, dismissing India captain Virat Kohli en route to a crucial win and tying New Zealand down in the final group game. "If we do the things well that we know we can do, especially with the ball, I think we're good enough to beat anyone on the day".

New Zealand, who defeated India in a rain-delayed semi-final at Old Trafford that spanned across two days, await in the final. "I don't think I'll play another World Cup, so individually I think it is the biggest game of my career". It doesn't get bigger than that in my opinion.

What will the winners receive? Usman Khawaja has been ruled out of the rest of World Cup.

Joe Root believes England can draw on the experience of their march to the World Twenty20 final in 2016 when they face Australia later this week.