ICC Champions Trophy semi-final
England 262-4 beat Australia 259-9 by six wickets
A brilliant display by England saw the hosts beat world champions Australia for the first time in 15 attempts to reach the Champions Trophy final.
The Aussies batted first and totalled 259-9 led by Damien Martyn's 65 as Michael Vaughan impressed with 2-42.
Vaughan and Marcus Trescothick then added 140 at an excellent rate to put the home side in the box seat.
And they refused to fluff their lines as an inspired Andrew Strauss led them home with more than three overs left.
Vaughan began the day well by winning the toss and asking Australia to bat first.
However Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist began confidently on a cold morning and Gilchrist survived a chance when Trescothick put down a tough chance in the floating slip position.
Then Hayden perished to the last ball of the eighth over, bowled by Steve Harmison, as he edged a drive straight into Trescothick's lap at first slip.
Veteran Darren Gough claimed figures of 3-48 in seven overs
Gilchrist continued to ride his luck for a while with a series of cuts and pulls but was finally dismissed by Darren Gough - again caught by Trescothick at slip.
With the score 69-2, Ricky Ponting and Martyn came together and the run rate started to come down as Ashley Giles and Vaughan operated effectively in tandem.
The pressure began to tell, however, and the big wicket came when Ponting chipped a catch off Giles to long-on.
But Martyn and Darren Lehmann were determined to put Australia back on top and they added 75 runs in good time.
Vaughan bravely began a second spell and was instantly rewarded when his former Yorkshire team-mate Lehmann played an ugly shot to be comprehensively bowled.
That was the turning point, because the much-feared Andrew Symonds was then run out for a duck after a terrible breakdown in communications with Martyn.
Finally, Martyn himself was out - caught by Trescothick on the boundary off Vaughan - having made a slightly subdued 65 off 91 balls in all.
Gough collected two more quick wickets at the death and Michael Clarke improvised well to hit 42 off 34 balls, but at the midway point of the match one sensed the game was well poised.
With the bat, England got off to a slow start in which they lost Vikram Solanki lbw to Jason Gillespie.
Trescothick may also have been despatched in similar fashion when facing Glenn McGrath with his score on just seven.
But umpire Billy Bowden ruled not out and Trescothick proceeded to hit four boundaries in a single McGrath over shortly afterwards.
Vaughan weathered a difficult start and suddenly blossomed when hitting two driven fours in one Brett Lee over.
Lee's following over was even more expensive as Vaughan collected four more boundaries and with the 100 coming up in the 19th over England were palpably on top.
Finally, with the hard work done, Trescothick was bowled by Symonds for a thrilling 81 off just 88 balls.
He had hit boundaries with a variety of shots and added one lofted off-drive off Michael Kasprowicz for six.
With Strauss playing beautifully from the off with some deft cuts and glances, Vaughan oddly lost his way a little.
And having matched his best score in one-day cricket of 86, he finally top-edged a hook to give Lee a wicket.
That brought in the world's best-rated one-day cricketer, Andrew Flintoff, with just 37 needed off the last seven overs.
He hit Lee for a lucky six and a forthright driven boundary before being caught at slip.
But Strauss ended with 52 not out and Paul Collingwood hit the winning runs to spark England's celebrations.
England: M Vaughan (capt), M Trescothick, V Solanki, A Strauss, A Flintoff, P Collingwood, G Jones (wkt), A Wharf, A Giles, S Harmison, D Gough.
Australia: R Ponting (capt), M Hayden, A Gilchrist (wkt), D Martyn, A Symonds, D Lehmann, M Clarke, M Kasprowicz, J Gillespie, G McGrath, B Lee.