James Willstrop secured the final point for England against Australia ©Getty Images

Defending champions England swept passed Australia to reach the final of the World Squash Federation Men's World Team Championship today in Marseille.

They will now face Egypt in the final.

As with their quarter-final against India, it was the first match which proved key at the Modern Squash and Salle Vallier.

Daryl Selby lost the first set against Zac Alexander before fighting back.

He eventually triumphed 10-12, 11-7, 11-5, 11-7 in 62 minutes.

Nick Matthew then required 48 minutes to defeat Ryan Cuskelly 11-8, 11-6, 11-4.

It always appeared difficult for Australia to recover from here, and James Willstrop duly completed the job against Cameron Pilley.

The Englishman won 12-10, 11-6 in 22 minutes.

Top seeds Egypt moved into an unassailable 2-0 lead against New Zealand.

Marwan Elshorbagy required four sets and 39 minutes to win 11-3, 8-11, 11-4, 11-7 against Tsz Fung Yip.

Karim Abdel Gawad then battled to a superb 66 minute win over Max Lee.

He triumphed 11-9 , 7-11., 12-10, 7-11, 11-7 to guarantee his team a place in the final.

The third match was not played.