Published: Sun, July 14, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

New Zealand happy to be underdogs at Lords

New Zealand happy to be underdogs at Lords

"In 1990, I was lucky enough to be on the ground staff at Lord's here and you had different duties when you turned up", he said.

However, New Zealand will look to repeat their match-winning performance from the semifinals where they had restricted India from chasing 240 with some brilliant bowling from Matt Henry, Trent Boult and Mitchell Santner.

Indeed, although the last of England's three final appearances was in 1992, New Zealand will feature in their second consecutive final.

"I accidentally played one of my announcements out over the Tannoy, which was a bit embarrassing - but I think I got away with it!" he said.

On his return to New Zealand he quickly moved through the cricketing ranks, making his New Zealand T20 debut in December 2014, with his One Day debut coming a month later.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was at his wittiest best when he said it is the fight that matters rather than "breed of the dog" as his side geared up to take on favourites England in the summit clash of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on Sunday.

New Zealand finished fourth after the league matches with five wins from nine matches, scraping past fifth-placed Pakistan who narrowly lost out on a spot in the semi-finals on net run rate.

"But whatever dog we are, it's just important that we focus on the cricket that we want to play". "That is probably the best way to say it".

On New Zealand's preferred game plan, of assessing the minimum total required for victory then fighting tooth-and-nail with the ball to defend it, Williamson praised his side for their adaptability, but warned that they'd have to get their calculations spot-on to see off an England team with proven matchwinners all down the order.

"I guess anything's possible (smiling)".

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