Stokes and Morgan knock Australia out

Ben Stokes sent Australia crashing out of the Champions Trophy after scoring a century that will be remembered forever by those who witnessed it.

However, Stokes (unbeaten at 102) staged a spirited comeback for his side as he not only struck his third ODI century, but also combined with Morgan (87) to put up a 159-run stand for the fourth wicket to inspire England to their third successive victory in the ongoing eight-team marquee event.

England knocked Australia out of the Champions Trophy with a convincing 40-run win via Duckworth-Lewis method in a crucial rain-hit Group A match here on Saturday. Morgan made his intentions clear early on by clattering Mitchell Starc for two fours in the seventh over, as play resumed following rain.

"We've got some quality cricketers, but we didn't turn up", he said.

"When we get to go home and have that luxury of sleeping in our own bed it is unbelievable, and we will enjoy it".

Morgan's England are renowned for staying on the attack even in adversity. He took the ball high right on the rope and tossed it up to himself as he stepped out and then back in.

The game, by the time, was all in England's pocket. And Morgan believes the all-rounder has more improvement in him, especially after his successful maiden Indian Premier League campaign.

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"It was just our natural way", said Stokes. He took it on his shoulders.

"And then his batting was exceptional".

Stokes is a hyperactive cricketer, and that is the way England like it. "They throw out a lot and wait for a reaction and if you don't give them anything they go hard at it so you just embrace it and see how you go".

Australia, whose two previous games against New Zealand and Bangladesh were rained off, scored 277-9 from 50 overs - with Mark Wood and Adil Rashid taking four wickets apiece - and had reduced England to 35-3 in response.

Morgan said: "We've proved we can peg sides back regardless of where they're at going into the last 15 overs, which probably a couple of years ago was a bit of a auto crash for us".

Sadly for Jason Roy, there is still none with the bat.

Having returned to the elite global tournament after 11 years, the Tigers will appear in the semifinals of an ICC tournament for the first time.

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"But I feel very comfortable in this side now and although I only batted once in the tournament.it was good to get the opportunity".

England's place in the semi-finals was already confirmed before this match - but they showed their greatest rivals no mercy.

He said: "The last two games, we've proved that we can peg sides back regardless of where they're at going into the last 15 overs, which probably two years ago was a bit of a auto crash for us". And during that partnership, Australia were Australia only in name and colour of the jersey they wore. I think everyone has contributed to what we are today.

"You say that we only had one hit (heading into the England game), but that should be good enough for the players that we've got on our team". But someone in the top four probably needed to go on and make a hundred.

The performance of the day from an Australian perspective came from Travis Head, whose brilliant rear-guard innings of 71no from 64 balls saved Australia from potential embarrassment after they lost 5-15 in less than five overs late in their innings.

And when the rains cleared, Morgan and Ben Stokes came out like men possessed.

Head and Glenn Maxwell managed to get the score up to 239 without further damage, but what followed was an astonishing spell of 5/15 in 26 balls that ripped the heart out of their batting line-up.

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"When you're playing in a big tournament for your country, you need to step up and get the job done", said Smith.

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