Four years of planning will be put on the line for <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/England/">England</a> when they face holders <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/Australia/">Australia</a> in a blockbuster <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/2019-ICC-Cricket-World-Cup-2">Cricket World Cup</a> semi-final at Edgbaston on Thursday. <p></p> <p></p>England's woeful first-round exit at the 2015 edition prompted a complete rethink of their approach to one-day internationals for a side that had long placed Test success above all other considerations. <p></p> <p></p>Australian coach <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Trevor-Bayliss/news/">Trevor Bayliss</a> was drafted in with the aim of guiding their bid for a first World Cup title. <strong>ALSO READ: <a title="Cricket World Cup 2019, ENG vs AUS: Three key World Cup battles" href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/cricket-world-cup-2019-eng-vs-aus-three-key-world-cup-battles-867449">ENG vs AUS: Three key World Cup battles</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>The transformation has been impressive, with England climbing to number one in the ODI rankings under the astute captaincy of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Eoin-Morgan/news/">Eoin Morgan</a>. <p></p> <p></p>Their rise to the summit has been based on dynamic run-scoring, with in-form openers <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Jason-Roy/news/">Jason Roy</a> and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/jonny-bairstow/news/">Jonny Bairstow</a> leading the way. <strong>ALSO READ: <a title="Australia is a game that gets the juices flowing: Liam Plunkett" href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/cricket-world-cup-2019-eng-vs-aus-australia-is-a-game-that-gets-the-juices-flowing-liam-plunkett-867430">Australia is a game that gets the juices flowing: Liam Plunkett</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>But the stakes for hosts England are higher than simply the winning of a match that would see them into a final against either <a href="http://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india/">India</a> or <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/New-Zealand/">New Zealand</a> at Lord's on Sunday. <p></p> <p></p>Satellite subscription host broadcaster Sky has said it will allow the final to be shown on free-to-air television in Britain -- but only if England are involved in the showpiece match. <strong>ALSO READ: <a title="Justin Langer confirms Peter Handscomb s inclusion against England" href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/cricket-world-cup-2019-eng-vs-aus-justin-langer-confirms-peter-handscombs-inclusion-against-england-867425">Justin Langer confirms Peter Handscomb s inclusion against England</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>It would be the first time since 2005 that a major England men's home match had emerged from behind a UK television paywall, with cricket having a chance to reconnect with a 'lost' audience in its birthplace. <p></p> <p></p>Australia, however, have never lost any of their seven previous World Cup semi-finals -- although they did tie with South Africa at Edgbaston 20 years ago before advancing into the final on superior net run-rate. <p></p> <p></p>They landed a psychological blow in the group stage when they beat Ashes rivals England by 64 runs at Lord's last month. <strong>ALSO READ: <a title="England a different sort of animal compared to last teams: Liam Plunkett" href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/england-a-different-sort-of-animal-compared-to-last-teams-liam-plunkett-867319">England a different sort of animal compared to last teams: Liam Plunkett</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>Australia left-arm quicks Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc shared nine wickets between them in a match where Australia captain Aaron Finch made 100 after surviving a testing opening from England's fast bowlers. <p></p> <p></p>Roy, however, was missing with a torn hamstring and since his return, England have scored crucial wins over India and New Zealand that took them into the semi-finals. <p></p> <p></p><strong>- 'Different animal' -</strong> <p></p> <p></p>By contrast Australia, who have not won in any format at Edgbaston since the 2001 Ashes Test, suffered a surprise 10-run defeat by South Africa at Old Trafford in their final group game. <p></p> <p></p>England, as well as finding a way to cope with Starc, will have to contain the run-scoring threat of a powerful Australian top order. <p></p> <p></p>David Warner has scored 638 runs this tournament following the left-handed opener's return to international cricket after a 12-month ban for his role in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. <p></p> <p></p>But paceman Liam Plunkett insisted England could rise to the occasion. <p></p> <p></p>"We're a different sort of animal compared to our last teams," he said. "We've played well for the past four years, we're ranked number one. <p></p> <p></p>"We feel on our day we can beat anyone in the world." <p></p> <p></p>The five-time world champions, will pitch late call-up Peter Handscomb straight into Thursday's match after fellow batsman Usman Khawaja suffered a tournament-ending hamstring injury against South Africa. <p></p> <p></p>Australia coach Justin Langer led his squad on a barefoot walkabout around Edgbaston on Monday before they shared stories on the outfield in a so-called "bonding circle". <p></p> <p></p>"Haydos (Matthew Hayden) and I used to do it as a bit of a ritual before every Test match," former Australia opener Langer explained. <p></p> <p></p>"If you go back 12 months there wasn't much to be relaxed and chilled about in Australian cricket, was there? We went through a major crisis in our cricket. It didn't just affect our cricket, it affected our country. <p></p> <p></p>"We've got to work hard on being more humble in what we do and being focused on playing good cricket." <p></p> <p></p>But despite the coach's new-age talk, Australia's Nathan Lyon tried to put pressure on England in typically acerbic style. <p></p> <p></p>"It's all on them," the off-spinner said. "It's their World Cup to lose if you ask me."