Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris.
Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris. Lee Constable

England determined to keep Champions Trophy on home soil

AT the start of the summer, the English team set goals of winning the Champions Trophy and the Ashes against Australia.

It has a chance to achieve the first one in the final at Edgbaston on Sunday night, thanks to a seven-wicket semi-final win against South Africa at The Oval.

It was the last game in charge for Proteas coach Gary Kirsten, who said it was hard to deny his team had lived up to its "chokers" tag.

"I think we did choke the game. It's an uncomfortable word, but we have to accept that is what it is," Kirsten said.

"It's a dark mist that hangs over South African cricket in knockout events."

South Africa was dismissed for 175 after just 38.4 overs, English quick James Anderson almost unplayable.

He finished with 2-14 off eight overs, while spinner James Tredwell was named man-of-the-match after taking 3-19.

England chased down the target for the loss of three wickets in 37.3 overs, and will play the winner of last night's semi-final between India and Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile fast bowler Ryan Harris returns from injury for Australia A in the match against Gloucestershire at The County Ground starting tonight.



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