Published: Tue, July 16, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

New Zealand coach Gary Stead

New Zealand coach Gary Stead

Cricketers, current and former, shared New Zealand's pain on losing the title on boundary count with many of them asking for a "serious look" into the rule, slammed as "absurd".

New Zealand coach Gary Stead has shrugged off the debate as to whether an umpiring error cost the Black Caps dearly in the World Cup final against England, saying umpires are "human" and the result could not be changed anyway.

"Both teams were incredible, each had times where they were on top and in control before it was wrestled back, so there were so many parts that you could analyse and deconstruct from the match", he said. "I'm sure when they're writing the rules they never expect the World Cup final to happen like that so I'm sure it'll be reviewed, absolutely".

Since being unceremoniously dumped out of the 2015 edition of the marquee tournament in Australia, the England side have reinvented themselves as one-day cricket specialists and headed into the World Cup as overwhelming favourites. New Zealand, who were cruising at one stage, lost their last three round-robin games and it was on superior net run-rate that they managed to book a place in the semifinals.

England were given six runs when a fielder's throw hit Ben Stokes' bat as he dived to complete a second run and went for four - but laws appears to say that was one too many.

"When sort of two attempts to separate them with a victor and a loser it still doesn't perhaps sort of shine with one side coming through, you know", Williamson, one of the finest gentleman playing the sport, said.

"That's just the human aspect of sport and probably why we care so much as well".

New Zealand Cricket said an immediate homecoming ceremony for the national team has been put on hold due to players arriving in batches at different times.

"We would have been devastated if we hadn't managed to lift that trophy, but looking back over that game, I think it will go down in the history books as the best ever with all the drama of a World Cup final".

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