England and Egypt will contest the men's World Team Squash Championship title in France on Saturday.
Second seeds England beat France 2-0 after defending champions Egypt came from behind to beat Australia 2-1.
Nick Matthew saw off Gregory Gaultier 5-11 11-9 9-11 11-5 12-10 in a two-hour match that finished around 0200 BST.
James Willstrop, who then won to put England through, said: "It was one of the finest matches you'll ever see, for athleticism and skilfulness."
He added: "The French pushed us all the way. It's such a big win, to beat the French but we need to prepare ourselves for the final."
Omar Mosaad and Tarek Momen sent Egypt through after Karim Darwish lost the opening match.