Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

We're All Living Our Dream - We Can't Forget It - Morgan

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

We're All Living Our Dream - We Can't Forget It - Morgan

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EOIN Morgan wants his England side to embrace their "dream" World Cup semi-final against Australia and prove their recent defeat to the old enemy was nothing but a bump in the road.

The rivals will go head to head at Edgbaston today, fighting for the right to take on a New Zealand side who shocked India to seal their place in the Lord's showpiece.

It is England's biggest knockout match in a generation and the stakes could scarcely be higher but Morgan hopes they can enjoy their moment in the sun.

"I think sometimes you can lose sight of the position that you're in and the fact you're living your dream. Sometimes, I'm guilty of it," he said.

"I don't think it is impossible to play with a smile on your face. I think excitement should probably should be the dominant (emotion). It's the semi-final of a World Cup.

"The support we have had throughout the tournament has been unbelievable and certainly something I have never experienced in my life. The amount of good faith and goodwill going around is fantastic, so we sense the support that's with us, but also the opportunity as well."

Rewind just a couple of weeks and England's prospects were looking vastly different, with Australia's 64-run win at Lord's forcing the hosts to the brink of elimination.

Faced with a 'fight or flight' moment, the hosts recovered their fighting spirit in dominant victories over India and the Black Caps and Morgan warned Australia they would not have it so easy again.

"I think we're probably more confident than we were three games ago. We are probably a different team," he said.

"For a while getting through to this stage looked unlikely, or was called into question, and I think that makes it more exciting for us. It feels like we're back to the team we are."

Morgan will also get the chance to settle a personal score if and when he comes up against the tournament's leading wicket-taker, left-arm quick Mitchell Starc. …

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