Horror Start For Aussies Against The Old Enemy

The Australians won the toss and elected to bat, in their World Cup semi-final against England.

And that is where the good news ends for the defending champions.

In a horror start for the Aussies, 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 Edgbaston 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.

At the end of the 10th over, Australia were 3/27. The lowest score Australia has ended the first power play (regulations on fielding positions) at all tournament.

Although they can take heart it's not the lowest in the entire tournament -- that honour goes to India who were 4/24 in Wednesday's semi-final against New Zealand.