Aussie fans laud Alex Carey's 'fighting spirit' in World Cup semi

Alex Carey has revived memories of Rick McCosker in the Centenary Test by batting through a jaw injury in Australia's World Cup semi-final against England.

Carey was struck on the helmet on just the fifth ball he faced at Edgbaston on Thursday, copping the full force of a 139km/h bouncer from England quick Jofra Archer.

Play was stopped for several minutes as he required treatment, before team medical staff have twice returned to the field to assist the vice-captain.

With Australia in early trouble at 3-14, Carey continued his innings with bushranger-style taping around his head.

The left-hander is also continuing to sport a blood-stained shirt as a result of the blow.

Incredibly, he managed to safeguard his wicket after being hit when he caught his helmet after it flew off his head and possibly headed for the stumps.

Alex Carey of Australia receives further medical treatment following a cut to the chin from a delivery that struck his helmet from Jofra Archer. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Carey's bandaging is reminiscent of what McCosker wore in the 1977 Centenary Test, who returned to the field with a broken jaw at the MCG to help set up Australia's victory over England.

Australian fans didn’t have much to cheer about after their side’s torrid start to the match, but Carey’s fighting spirit was cause for celebration for many.

Unfortunately, Carey was caught on the boundary for 46 off the bowling of Adil Rashid.

Making matters worse was Marcus Stoinis going for a second-ball duck shortly after.

Smith and Warner in ugly scenes in World Cup semi

The English crowd has wasted no time in giving it to Steve Smith and David Warner during Australia’s World Cup semi-final against the host nation.

Smith and Warner, who have attracted boos throughout the tournament for their involvement in the ‘Sandpaper-gate’ scandal last year, came together in just the second over of the first innings.

Australian captain Aaron Finch spent Australia’s only review on an LBW decision that pitched outside the line, but came back to hit the bails of middle stump.

Warner and Smith’s partnership didn’t last much longer, with Warner caught behind off the bowling of Chris Woakes in the third over.

Unsurprisingly, Warner was booed once again as he made his way back to the pavilion for just nine runs.

WITH AAP