England fans take to social media to mercilessly mock their fiercest rivals after crushing them to qualify for Sunday’s World Cup final against New Zealand

England's victory was built on the back of an excellent batting performance from Jason Roy, pictured raising his bat as he acknowledges applause from supporters

England fans showed no sympathy to Australia after watching their team thrash their arch-rivals to qualify for Sunday’s Cricket World Cup final.  

The three-times runners-up put in an outstanding performance as they romped to a comfortable victory in today’s semi-final against the reigning world champions at Edgbaston, in Birmingham. 

Fans celebrated wildly after the win, waving farewell to Australian supporters who left early as England closed in on victory. 

And they carried on the jubilant celebrations by mocking their defeated rivals on social media. 

One fan wrote: ‘I never thought I would feel sorry for the Australian cricket team. And I was right.’

Another said: ‘Hard not to feel a bit sorry for Australia in the face of this onslaught. But I can confirm that I’ve managed not to.’ 

A mocking tweet from Gary Lineker read: ‘Thoughts are with our Australian friends at this difficult time.’ 

The England Players’ wives and girlfriends celebrate the dominant victory in a Coporate box .Delighted England fans shared video of some of the more dramatic moments from the match, including the run-out of Australia’s star man Steve Smith. 
The batsman and former Australia captain led his team’s fightback but was run-out with the ball going through his legs to hit the wicket. 
Smith and fellow batsman David Warner are pantomime villains to many England fans and have been booed at grounds all over the country during the tournament. corporate boxThey became targets after being found guilty of ball-tampering during a match against South Africa in 2018, by using sandpaper to give themselves an advantage. 
Smith and Warner were both given bans but there is long-standing anger among some supporters that they weren’t longer. 
Gleeful England fans took to Twitter to rub in today’s victory, poking fun at the two batsmen in particular. 
England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler throws down the stumps to dismiss Steve Smith when he was on 85 for the Aussies. The final, which will take place at Lords in London on Sunday, will see England face-off against New Zealand in their first final appearance since 1992. 
The home team will be the favourites going into the showpiece, after thrashing their opponents just eight days ago in the group stage.  
The big match will be shown for free on Channel 4 and More 4, as well as on Sky Sports, Channel 4 announced after today’s semi-final.  
Whatever the result of Sunday’s final, the World Cup will have a new winner for the first time since 1996, as New Zealand have also never won the competition.  

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