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Today’s back pages: finger-lickin’ good England stroll into Cricket World Cup semi-finals

A round up of the sport headlines from UK newspapers on 4 July

One week ago it looked like England may miss out on qualifying for the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup.

But victories over India on Sunday and against New Zealand yesterday has sealed the host nation’s place in the last four.

Successive wins in their final two group games has brought England “back from the brink”, says the Independent. 

Jonny Bairstow (106) and Jason Roy (60) starred once again and their superb knocks were “so good it’s a joke”, the Daily Express reports.

Explosive shots by the opening batsmen left the watching England squad “laughing in amazement”. 

The Daily Mirror says tasty England were “finger-lickin’ good” thanks to their outstanding openers and Mark Wood’s fingertip run-out of Kane Williamson. 

The 119-run win against the Kiwis means that England will now play in the World Cup semi-final against the group’s second-placed finishers next Thursday at Edgbaston.

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