Published: Sun, July 14, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

England v New Zealand

England v New Zealand

England batsman Jason Roy could face disciplinary action after his blistering innings in Thursday's World Cup semi-final against Australia came to a controversial end at Edgbaston. But Morgan insists he and his side will play with exactly the same positive approach that has got them this far.

Writing for Guardian, Vic Marks commented: "England's passage to the World Cup final was faintly ridiculous".

But having seen off old nemesis Australia in a one-sided semi final yesterday, confidence is high they can break through the glass ceiling against New Zealand at Lords.

It was noticeable that in the immediate aftermath of the win over Australia at Edgbaston, Morgan, who had struck the winning runs and ended unbeaten on 45, was quick to acknowledge the role that his backroom staff had played.

England were beaten 2-1 by West Indies in their last Test series, in the Caribbean at the start of the year, and Cummins suggested Joe Root's five-day side are not the same proven force as Eoin Morgan's limited-overs team.

Black Caps skipper Williamson: "We were in a different part of the world on a different surface against a different opposition [for the 2015 final], and both sides are very different from four years ago, so it's kind of hard to compare those times".


"Morgs is as cool as ice with everything he does", England allrounder Chris Woakes said.

That took his tally for the World Cup to three but match bans only kick in when a player collects four demerit points in total, leaving Roy available to feature on Sunday as England bid to win the World Cup for the first time.

A deal has been cut so that the final will be on free-to-air television on Sunday, giving the whole country a chance to witness the culmination of this England team's journey to potential greatness. "I know what to expect, know what to expect from the crowd".

Drafted into the newly created role, Strauss set about an overhaul that saw the former England captain appoint Australia's Trevor Bayliss as coach, and place greater emphasis on white-ball cricket. The way England, who are yet to win the World Cup, thrashed bitter rivals Australia in the semis has come as an icing on the cake for the supporters of the home team.

The ICC event was aimed celebrating the diversity of cricket and brought together social teams from Brazil, Rwanda, Germany, England, Indonesia and India.

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