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Australia’s top-order collapsed which in turn laid the foundation of a historic defeat to England at Edgbaston. Although, Finch was quick to label the humiliating defeat as the worst loss of their much fruitful World Cup campaign.

“So that was really disappointing how it ended, especially to put up probably one of our worst performances overall for the tournament,” said Australian skipper Aaron Finch.

Before yesterday’s defeat at the expense of England in Birmingham, Australia was undefeated in World Cup semi-finals. However, England bowling line-up spearheaded by Chris Woakes exploited the Aussie top order, restricting them to just 223.

Also, Jason Roy’s power-packed 85 made sure the hosts cross the line without any drama.

Despite the humiliating defeat to England, Australian skipper Aaron Finch was proud at the amount of progress his team has made in the last 12 months. Addressing the press after the game, Finch said that he was proud of the progress made by the Australian side, leading them to big dividends after witnessing a struggling period of time.

The Aussies came to the marquee event as defending champions but not at all favourites, as the men from down-under had a miserable 18-months or so after the ball tampering incident and disappointing defeat in home and away series.

“Really proud of where we have come from and the gains that a lot of players have made over the last 12 months, in particular, the Aussie skipper was quoted. “But at the same time we came here today to win a semi-final and get ourselves into a position to win another World Cup,” Finch added.

The 5-time champions with just two defeats in the group stage, against India and South Africa, finished second in the table. Although, the players and the staff will head back to Australia with pride, as they were brilliant throughout the department.

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