England & New Zealand set for final

Esequiel Farfan
Julio 14, 2019

He was called up as replacement at the semi-finals stage of the 2015 World Cup in Australia at the age of 23 and went on to feature in the final, at the MCG, against the hosts, taking 2/46 though ending up on the losing side.

Eoin Morgan and co have the opportunity to become only the second English side to win a World Cup on home soil when they face New Zealand at Lord's on Sunday.

"We're in a very good place with our cricket, and like we've shown in the last few games, we're doing pretty well". "We just turn up and try to get better everyday".

Sports fans arriving by Tube for the final of the Cricket World Cup will find themselves greeted by BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew.

"It gave us a good kick and pushed us to actually bring out the best in ourselves I think, and that stands us in good stead for the final", he added.

"It is an opportunity to win the World Cup, but also an opportunity to sell this great game that we love on a huge platform", said Morgan. Once again it comes down to the pragmatic question: How are we going to win the game?

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On being regarded as underdogs in the final, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said: "A lot of people have said that on a number of occasions, which is great".

"But at the same time there's a real commitment to that which is a really positive thing and it's held us in good stead to this point, so the focus for us is about the cricket that we want to play and we want to be proud of the performance that we put on the board. It's shown over the years that anybody can beat anybody, regardless of breed of dog".

Both teams are likely to be unchanged from their semi-final wins.

He further said for all those kids back in New Zealand, their performance on Sunday will epitomize the fighting qualities and all hard work that has gone in over the years. England batsman Jonny Bairstow required treatment on a leg at Edgbaston, but will be fit to play. Players like Kane, Ross, Tom Latham... they have a lot of experience.

The weather looks good for Sunday's World Cup final.

The start of the final, earlier set for 2:30pm, was delayed by 15 minutes because of early-morning rain. The wind will be light and temperatures will climb to around 20C.

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