Hosts <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/England/">England</a> face defending champions <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/Australia/">Australia</a> in the second <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/icc-cricket-world-cup-2019-200898/live-scores/australia-vs-england-2nd-semi-final-match-186723-summary.html">World Cup semi-final</a> in Birmingham on Thursday. <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Eoin-Morgan/news/">Eoin Morgan</a>'s England came back strongly to finish the group stage with six wins from nine matches, while Australia were the first team to book their final-four spot. <p></p> <p></p>AFP Sport looks at three key battles in the knockout match at Edgbaston: <p></p> <p></p><strong>Morgan v Finch - Mind games</strong> <p></p> <p></p>Eoin Morgan has been at the helm of England's revival as a one-day international side, leading them to the top of the rankings and to their first World Cup semi-final for 27 years. <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>The 32-year-old batsman assured home fans and pundits that England would not buckle under pressure after wobbling in the league stage. <p></p> <p></p>Morgan stayed true to his word, masterminding victories over India and New Zealand and is now two wins away from making history. <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><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Aaron-Finch/news/">Aaron Finch</a> has let his bat do the talking, taking Australia to their sixth semi-final in seven tournaments. <p></p> <p></p>The opener amassed 507 runs, with two hundreds and three fifties, as the five-time champions won seven of their nine league games to finish second in the 10-team group table. <strong>ALSO READ: <a title="Cricket World Cup 2019: England in a good place ahead of Australia semi-final, feels Joe Root" href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/cricket-world-cup-2019-england-in-a-good-place-ahead-of-australia-semi-final-feels-joe-root-867288">Cricket World Cup 2019: England in a good place ahead of Australia semi-final, feels Joe Root</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>But, with the pressure ratcheted up a notch, can the skipper inspire his side to another win against England after a comprehensive victory against the host nation in the group phase? <p></p> <p></p><strong>Bairstow v Warner - Opening fireworks</strong> <p></p> <p></p>England's <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Jonny-Bairstow/news/">Jonny Bairstow</a> was the key man in England's revival at the end of the group phase, hitting two dominant centuries to haul the hosts into the semi-finals. <p></p> <p></p>The opener hit 111 in the match against India and then smashed another century against New Zealand. Reunited with opening partner <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Jason-Roy/news/">Jason Roy</a>, Bairstow threatens to be a thorn in Australia's side at Edgbaston. <p></p> <p></p>Left-handed <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/David-Warner/news/">David Warner</a> was Bairstow's teammate for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2019 Indian Premier League and the pair were prolific. <p></p> <p></p>Since then, Warner has returned to international cricket in triumph following a ball-tampering incident that saw him banned for 12 months. <p></p> <p></p>He has hit three hundreds and three fifties at the World Cup to stack up 638 runs in nine matches, leading Australia's charge. <p></p> <p></p>England know the danger Warner poses. Unless they get him out cheaply, he could take the game away from them. <p></p> <p></p><strong>Starc v Archer - Need for speed</strong> <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Mitchell-Starc/news/">Mitchell Starc</a> has been a lethal weapon for Australia at the World Cup, claiming 26 wickets with a strike rate of 19.2. <p></p> <p></p>The left-armer's ability to strike early and stem the flow of runs will be crucial against an English top-order that has returned to top form. <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Jofra-Archer/news/">Jofra Archer</a>, 24, has combined with senior paceman Chris Woakes to give the home side a lethal new-ball pair that Australia will be wary of. <p></p> <p></p>Archer remains the go-to man in England's search for an early wicket -- the Barbados-born paceman has claimed 17 wickets in nine matches. <p></p> <p></p>His ability to bowl at genuine pace gives Morgan's team a cutting edge with which to attack Australia's key men at the top of the order -- Warner, Finch and Steve Smith.