'How the hell': Incredible 'knuckle' ball that had Aussies 'absolutely puzzled'

Jofra Archer had the Aussies in a state of shock in their World Cup semi-final on Thursday with a remarkable variation to the usual slower ball.

The England tearaway bamboozled Glenn Maxwell with an amazing ‘knuckle’ ball - holding the ball with his thumb and resting it on the knuckles of his forefinger and middle finger.

The result was the ball holding up in the pitch and rising on Maxwell, who popped a simple catch to short cover because he was so early on it.

Jofra Archer had the Aussies puzzled with his 'knuckle' ball. Image: ICC

Maxwell could only shake his head in disbelief as he walked off the field, as did Steve Smith at the non-striker’s end.

Next man in Pat Cummins was also gobsmacked when facing one of the ‘knuckle’ balls, stump microphones picking up the moment he said: “How the hell do you even play that?”

Fans were also in awe after TV replays showed how Archer bowls the brilliant variation.

England storm into final

Australia will relinquish the World Cup for just the second time in two decades after their title defence came to a crashing end with a semi-final loss to England.

The Aussies were thoroughly outplayed at Edgbaston, beaten by eight wickets and completely blown off the park as England booked a date with New Zealand in Sunday's decider.

All out for just 223 batting first at Edgbaston, Australia watched on as Jason Roy helped blast England to victory in just 32.1 overs.

England captain Eoin Morgan described it as one of the team's most complete performances in four years, while Australian counterpart Aaron Finch admitted it was his team's worst of the tournament.

"That was really disappointing how it ended, especially to put up probably one of our worst performances overall for the tournament," Finch said.

"We were totally outplayed to be honest all throughout the day."

with AAP