Cricket: Root helps England cruise into ICC Final

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A century stand between Jonathan Trott, 78no, and Joe Root, 48, ensured England eased into the ICC Champions Trophy Final with a crushing seven wicket win over South Africa in their semi-final at The Oval yesterday.

In the final at Edgbaston on Sunday, England will meet either India or Sri Lanka who play today at Cardiff.

South Africa collapsed to 80-8 but a 51-ball 56no from David Miller in a ninth wicket stand of 95 with Rudy Kleinveldt, 43, enabled them to reach 175.

Stuart Broad finished with 3-50, James Tredwell 3-19 and James Anderson 2-14.

Dismissals for Cook, 6, and Bell, 20, left England 41-2 but Trott and Joe Root added 105 to ensure no more alarms and put the game safe before Root, aiming to reach his 50 with a scoop-shot, was bowled. They ended 179-3 in the 38th over.