England's bowler Chris Woakes, far right, celebrates with teammates after dismissing Australia's batsman David Warner for 9 runs during the Cricket World Cup semi-final match between Australia and England at Edgbaston (Photo: AP)
England's bowler Chris Woakes, far right, celebrates with teammates after dismissing Australia's batsman David Warner for 9 runs during the Cricket World Cup semi-final match between Australia and England at Edgbaston (Photo: AP)

England reach final, win first World Cup knock-out match for 27 years

  • England beat Australia by 8 wickets to book their spot in the final against New Zealand at Lord's
  • Last time England won a World Cup knock-out match was against South Africa in Sydney at 1992 World Cup

After 27 long years, England are once again through to the final of the World Cup by beating Australia by * wickets at Edgbaston.

The last time England reached the final of a World Cup was back in 1992 when they lost to Pakistan in the final. This time, playing on their home turf they will be hoping to go one better when they take on New Zealand in the final at Lord’s on 14 July.

Twenty-seven years is not only the gap between England reaching the World Cup finals, it is also the gap between them winning a knock out match at a World Cup.

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The last time they won a knock-out match was against South Africa in the semi final of the 1992 World Cup in Sydney. Most of the people remember that match for how the rain spoiled South Africa’s chances of getting to the final.

Since that night and before Thursday England had failed to win a single match where the loser was to be eliminated. This is how they have performed in the six edition in between.

1996 – Eliminated by Sri Lanka in the quarter finals

1999 – Knocked out in group stages

2003 - Knocked out in group stage

2007 - Knocked out super eight

2011 – Eliminated by Sri Lanka in the quarter finals

2015 - Knocked out in group stage

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