Australia smothered top-ranked England by 64 runs at Lord's and piled more pressure on the home side in their bid to join the defending champion in the semi-finals.
The Australians successfully defended a total for the fourth consecutive match, making 285-7 stand tall by bowling out England for 221 with 5.2 overs to spare. Fast bowler Jason Behrendorff took a maiden 5-for and Mitchell Starc grabbed four to lead the tournament wickets list with 19.
England's third defeat in seven matches — all three while chasing — wasn't fatal to their semifinal hopes, but raised the stakes even higher for a win against India or New Zealand, who are both unbeaten.
The latest defeat for England also breathed more life into closest challengers Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan, each of whom must still win all their remaining games to stay hopeful.
Here's how Twitter reacted to Australia's semi-final qualification and England's consecutive losses.
That joy of being the first team to qualify for semis!
AUSTRALIA QUALIFY FOR THE #CWC19 SEMI-FINALS!!!!
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 25, 2019
They do come alive on the biggest stage!
Statement from Australia. It is the World Cup after all. #cwc19
— Mohammad Isam (@Isam84) June 25, 2019
Going by trends, that might be the best thing to do right now
The stats start flowing!
It's like English batsmen were so occupied in scoring 300s, 350s and 400s in the last four years, that they forgot how to score 220s, 250s and 280s.
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) June 25, 2019
England chasing in home ODIs
Jan 2016 - start of WC
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) June 25, 2019
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) June 25, 2019
England and Australia have moved in opposite directions in the last week: England from bad to worse, Aussies from good to excellent. World Cup thrown open. Pak v NZ match tomorrow should be a needle contest — Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) June 25, 2019
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 25, 2019
Enough of England bashing, time to credit Australia, they were simply superb!
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 25, 2019
Some of them are dancing in the isles
Australia becomes the first team to qualify for 2019 World Cup Semifinals... Australia fans happy! Pakistan fans happy! Bangladesh fans happy! Sri Lanka fans happy! — Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) June 25, 2019
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Board president Sourav Ganguly had said that the BCCI will do all it can to ensure that the home series against England remains in the country and domestic tournaments kick off at some point despite the fluid COVID-19 situation.
The County Championship will return next year in a group-stage format after it was scrapped this season due to the coronavirus pandemic, the England and Wales Cricket Board said.
India are keen on a reduced quarantine and wants the players to be allowed to train in a bio-secure bubble instead of being restricted to a hotel room, which, the BCCI fears, can take a toll on the fitness of its players.