Andrew Strauss emotionally after England exterminates Australia & # 39; to reach the World Cup final & nbsp | & nbspPhoto Credit: & nbspAP
Former England director of cricket Andrew Strauss was overwhelmed by emotion after the team he helped build "wiped out" Australia to reach the World Cup final on Thursday.
England recorded their first World Cup final appearance for 27 years with an eight-wicket route from holders in Australia in Edgbaston.
Eoin Morgan & # 39; s side will face New Zealand during Lord & # 39; s on Sunday while they want to win the World Championship for the first time.
It was a great moment for the former English captain Strauss, who was called up four years ago for the newly created role at the Cricket Board of England and Wales after the desolate World Cup match of the team.
Strauss was the man behind the appointment of the English head coach Trevor Bayliss and urged the ECB to put more emphasis on white-ball cricket during his tenure, which saw them rise to the top of the one-day international team ranking.
He resigned in October 2018 to spend more time with his family after his wife diagnosed lung cancer.
"That was England & # 39; s best performance of the World Championship," Strauss told broadcaster Sky Sports. "England has absolutely destroyed Australia with bat and ball." The way (Chris) Woakes and (Jofra) Archer set the tone was fantastic.
"And with the bat, I mean it was just excellent batting from (Jason) Roy in particular. Now is not the time to talk about the Ashes, but the way he stood in line (Mitchell) Starc, I thought that he was fantastic.
"It was the ultimate achievement, England will enter the final with just incredible ghosts, enormous self-confidence and they will be confident that they can also send New Zealand away.
"I started to look pretty emotional today, I'm just asking this team in England to play the same on Sunday."
Meanwhile, Australian legend Shane Warne had admitted that England were winners and supported the hosts to win the title. "Disappointing from an Australian point of view, but they were played by England from the start," Warne said.
"England showed their class, I thought Eoin Morgan was world class. He manipulated his bowlers well, he could have easily withdrawn, but he didn't." He brought Archer back earlier to go for it and (Adil) Rashid was the real bait for Morgan today.
"England seems to be worrying at the right time and that is what you have to do to win World Cups."