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'We're a different sort of animal' - Plunkett sends warning to Australia
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'We're a different sort of animal' - Plunkett sends warning to Australia

Liam Plunkett believes the current England team is nothing like their predecessors since Eoin Morgan's side is "a different sort of animal" as they gear up for the high-profile World Cup semi-final against Australia.

The familiar foes will meet on Thursday at Edgbaston with second-placed Australia eying a final berth to secure their sixth World Cup title while England aim to stay in the hunt for their first.

Australia have the upper hand over England in their last four meetings in cricket's showpiece event including their 64-run hammering earlier in the tournament but right-arm paceman Plunkett feels a rejuvenated England side will pose great problems to the defending champions.

"They've been there and done it before but not against this bunch of players," he said.

"We're a different sort of animal compared to our last teams. We've played well for the past four years, we're ranked number one and we feel in a good place. We feel on our day we can beat anyone in the world."

The 34-year-old made his international debut in 2005 and participated in his maiden World Cup game two years later but admits to never having been part of an invincible side like the present team.

'Never thought we'd win a World Cup'

Plunkett has been a constant presence in England's squad during their one-day cricket evolution which has seen them climb to number one in the rankings following their shambolic first-round exit from the 2015 World Cup.

"We had amazing players (previously) but I never thought we'd win a World Cup," he said.

"We've made it exciting again. I've played in teams where we didn't expect to win. With this squad the public expect us to win games and win series.

"It would be nice to finish this four-year cycle. This journey we've been on, with this group of boys, it comes down to this."

The tournament hosts' chances of qualifying into the knockout stage looked perilous at for a while after consecutive defeats to Sri Lanka and Australia.

However, they picked up pace in their final group games against India and New Zealand to set up the semi-final battle against Australia.

Plunkett claimed the three losses in the league phase only galvanized the team into action and work on their mistakes.

He said England were equipped with the temperamental capability to handle the pressure that comes with the insurmountable expectations attached to the top-ranked side playing at home.

"People can thrive on it, people step out there and enjoy those moments. Other people have played under pressure, they've played in IPL (Indian Premier League) and competitions around the world," he said.

"Australia is a game that gets the juices flowing. We've performed really well in the last two games.

"Even though we were dominant in those games, we feel like we're stepping up a gear as well. We're in a good place."