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Red-hot skipper Finch cracks ton at Lord’s

By AAP Newswire

Australia captain Aaron Finch has continued his red-hot World Cup form with his second century of the tournament against England at Lord's.

Finch reached three figures from 115 balls which included 11 fours and two sixes as his side moved towards an imposing total at cricket's spiritual home.

He departed to the very next ball after reaching his milestone, holing out to Chris Woakes off Jofra Archer to reduce Australia to 3-185..

The burly opener survived an early onslaught from the home side's bowlers in overcast conditions that included an lbw shout that was unsuccessfully reviewed when he was on 18 with an umpire's call verdict.

Finch put on 123 for the first wicket with David Warner as the pair became the first openers in World Cup history to hit five successive half-century partnerships.

They have now put on hundred stands on three occasions in this tournament - the other two coming against Pakistan and Bangladesh - to pass 600 runs for the tournament.

Warner's departure for 53 failed to hinder the skipper's progress as he brought up his 15th international ton in his 116th match and his seventh against England - who he averages over 50 against.

The 32-year-old raised his bat to warm applause from the sold-out crowd as he put his side in with a great position of booking a place in the semi-finals which they would achieve with victory against the pre-tournament favourites.

It was also his third World Cup century against England following his 135 at Melbourne in 2015.