Former <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/England/">England</a> director of cricket <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Andrew-Strauss/news/">Andrew Strauss</a> was overcome with emotion after the team he helped build "obliterated" <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/australia/">Australia</a> to reach the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/2019-ICC-Cricket-World-Cup-2">World Cup</a> final on Thursday. <p></p> <p></p>England booked their first <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/icc-cricket-world-cup-2019-200898/live-scores/new-zealand-vs-england-final-match-186724-summary.html">World Cup final</a> appearance for 27 years with an eight-wicket rout of holders Australia <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/icc-cricket-world-cup-2019-200898/live-scores/australia-vs-england-live-cricket-score-2nd-semi-final-match-186723-full-scorecard.html">at Edgbaston</a>. <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Eoin-Morgan/news/">Eoin Morgan</a>'s side will face <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/New-Zealand/">New Zealand</a> at Lord's on Sunday as they bid to win the World Cup for the first time. <p></p> <p></p>It was a big moment for former England captain Strauss, who was drafted into the newly-created role at the England and Wales Cricket Board after the team's dismal World Cup flop four years ago. <strong>ALSO READ:<a title="England have made dramatic improvement since 2015: Eoin Morgan" href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/cricket-world-cup-2019-england-have-made-dramatic-improvement-since-2015-eoin-morgan-868266">England have made dramatic improvement since 2015: Eoin Morgan</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>Strauss was the man behind the appointment of England head coach Trevor Bayliss and urged the ECB to place more emphasis on white-ball cricket during his tenure, which has seen them rise to the top of the one-day international team rankings. <strong>ALSO READ: <a title="Cricket World Cup 2019: We were totally outplayed, says Aaron Finch as England thump Australia to reach final" href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/cricket-world-cup-2019-we-were-totally-outplayed-says-aaron-finch-as-england-thump-australia-to-reach-final-868256">We were totally outplayed, says Aaron Finch as England thump Australia to reach final</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>He stepped down from the position in October 2018 to spend more time with his family after his wife was diagnosed with lung cancer. <p></p> <p></p>"That was England's best performance of the World Cup," Strauss told broadcaster Sky Sports. <strong>ALSO READ: <a title="Cricket World Cup 2019: Speechless Chris Woakes hails incredible team performance as England march into final" href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/cricket-world-cup-2019-england-vs-australia-2nd-semifinal-speechless-chris-woakes-hails-incredible-team-performance-as-england-march-into-final-868246"> Speechless Chris Woakes hails incredible team performance as England march into final</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>"England absolutely obliterated Australia with bat and ball. The way (Chris) Woakes and (Jofra) Archer set the tone was fantastic. <p></p> <p></p>"And with the bat, I mean it was just outstanding batting from (Jason) Roy in particular. Now is not the time to talk about the Ashes but the way he lined up (Mitchell) Starc, I thought he was fantastic. <p></p> <p></p>"It was the ultimate performance. England will go into that final with just incredible spirits, huge confidence and they will be confident they can put New Zealand away as well. <p></p> <p></p>"I was getting quite emotional watching that today. All I ask from this England team is to play the same way on Sunday." <p></p> <p></p>Meanwhile, Australia legend Shane Warne admitted England were deserved winners and backed the hosts to take the title. <p></p> <p></p>"Disappointing from a Australian point of view, but they were outplayed by England from the word go," Warne said. <p></p> <p></p>"England showed their class, I thought Eoin Morgan was world class. He manipulated his bowlers well, he could have easily backed off but he didn't. <p></p> <p></p>"He brought Archer back earlier to go for it and (Adil) Rashid was the real ace for Morgan today. <p></p> <p></p>"England seem to be peaking at the right time and that's what you have to do to win World Cups."