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Even Bandages Can't Hold Australia's Innings Together

Alex Carey was bandaged and bloodied, but he couldn't save Australia from a batting collapse against England in the World Cup semi-final.

The Aussies won the toss, but that was where the good news ended at Edgbaston Cricket Ground.

In a horror start, captain Aaron Finch was given out for LBW after facing just his first ball.

He sent it upstairs for a review, but Hawkeye confirmed Australia's fears and Finch was sent on his way.

Australia were 1/4 and without any reviews left in the second over.

Finch did walk away with a new stat to his name -- he's the first captain to register a golden duck in a World Cup semi-final. Not sure he'll be too happy with that history-maker.

Next to the crease was Steve Smith, who was predictably welcomed with a chorus of boos from a hostile English crowd.

Smith could only watch as David Warner was caught out in the next over. Warner edged it behind, and Australia were at 2/10.

Australia finally had something go their way, when Peter Handscomb was saved by an umpire's call for an LBW. The English sent it to review but the third umpire couldn't definitively say whether it would have taken the bails off.

But that joy didn't last long either. Handscomb -- who was a late call up to the side -- was sent back to the pavilion in the sixth over. Australia were now 3/14.

The sinking ship that was the Australian team was steadied somewhat with Smith and Alex Carey at the helm.

Things seemed to take another ugly turn for the Aussies, when Carey copped one on the chin -- literally -- by a bouncer from Jofra Archer.

Alex Carey saving his helmet, and his wicket. Photo: Getty

But his quick-thinking ability and reflexes saw him catch his helmet before it fell on to the wickets.

Under Law 29.1.1.4, Carey would have been out, as Lord's Cricket Ground helpfully pointed out.

Running repairs from medical staff saw Carey have his face wrapped in an uncomfortable-looking bandage.

Carey batted on despite blood beginning to seep through the bandages, his eyes puffing up and shiner start forming under his eye.

As Australia's run tally slowly started to swell, so did Carey's face.

For nearly 20 glorious overs, the Aussies seemed to have started to build a defendable run tally.

Until Carey was eventually caught for 46, although his bravery certainly made him popular with fans.

Cricket Australia confirmed Carey received stitches upon returning to the sheds, and will be fine to play as wicket keeper when England bat.

The wicket tumbling began again, when Marcus Stoinis walked out on to the crease only to be turned back around after an LBW for Australia's second duck of the game.

The much-maligned Glenn Maxwell didn't captilise on a chance to silence his critics, chipping one to cover for 22.

Pat Cummins didn't even last two overs before he was sent to join the long line of England's victims.

Next up was Mitchell Starc, who wagged his tail, smacking the ball around for fun.

And then he and Smith panicked, going for a single that was never on. Jos Buttler's throw went between Smith's legs and took off the bails. When it's not your day, it's not your day.

Smith, who had been the anchor throughout the innings, was gone for 85. He even got a smattering of applause for his efforts.

Next ball, Starc was caught.

In the 49th over, Jason Behrendorff was bowled, to close out a horror innings for Australia.

In what was painful viewing for Aussies fans, the English were set a target of 224.