Eoin Morgan looked ahead to the day of reckoning Sunday with a lot of optimism
A year ago to the day, the England football team were knocked out in the semi-final of the World Cup 2018 in Russia against Croatia.
Exactly a year later, the England cricket team more than made up for the disappointment of the football team by making it to the grand finale of the World Cup.
England beat mighty Australia Thursday at Edgbaston in Birmingham by a convincing margin of eight wickets to advance to the World Cup final, scheduled to be held Sunday at Lord’s in London, where New Zealand lie in wait.
When queried light-heartedly Thursday as to whether the cricket team can finally bring the coveted Cup home, England captain Eoin Morgan said in the post-match press conference, “(Laughter) I wouldn't get too carried away yet. It is obviously a very exciting time for everybody and ourselves included. I think giving ourselves the opportunity for Sunday's final is brilliant. We'll be giving it everything we can in order to try and win that game.”
Morgan looked ahead to the day of reckoning Sunday with a lot of optimism.
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“I think Sunday's not a day to shy away from, it's a day to look forward to, much like [Thursday]. We have created the opportunity to play in a World Cup final. It will be a matter of the same again trying to produce everything that we can performance-wise but enjoy the day.”
The English skipper reckoned that they are close to their perfect performance.
“I think close to. I think particularly the bowling unit. When you perform like that, you continue to take wickets, along with a little bit of luck, but we were quite persistent in the lengths that we bowled. We stuck to our plans, our plans managed to work, even when [Steve] Smith and [Alex] Carey started to dominate and grow in the partnership they did, we found something, an opportunity,” said Morgan.
“We didn't drop a catch on Adil [Rashid], which is great, that allowed him to build momentum and confidence and he bowled brilliantly,” he added.
AUSTRALIA INNINGS R B
Warner c Bairstow b Woakes 9 11
Finch lbw b Archer 0 1
Smith run out (Buttler) 85 119
Handscomb b Woakes 4 12
Carey c sub (Vince) b Rashid 46 70
Stoinis lbw b Rashid 0 2
Maxwell c Morgan b Archer 22 23
Cummins c Root b Rashid 6 10
Starc c Buttler b Woakes 29 36
Behrendorff b Wood 1 4
Lyon not out 5 6
Extras (lb6, w10) 16
Total (49 overs) 223/10
Fall Of Wickets
1-4 (Finch), 2-10 (Warner), 3-14 (Handscomb), 4-117 (Carey), 5-118 (Stoinis), 6-157 (Maxwell), 7-166 (Cummins), 8-217 (Smith), 9-217 (Starc), 10-223 (Behrendorff)
Woakes 8-0-20-3, Archer 10-0-32-2 (w2), Stokes 4-0-22-0, Wood 9-0-45-1 (w4), Plunkett 8-0-44-0 (w3), Rashid 10-0-54-3 (w1)
ENGLAND INNINGS R B
Roy c Carey b Cummins 85 65
Bairstow lbw b Starc 34 43
Root not out 49 46
Morgan not out 45 39
Extras (lb1, w12) 13
Total (32.1 overs) 226/2
Fall Of Wickets
1-124 (Bairstow), 2-147 (Roy)
Behrendorff 8.1-2-38-0 (w1), Starc 9-0-70-1 (w3), Cummins 7-0-34-1 (w2), Lyon 5-0-49-0, Smith 1-0-21-0 (w1), Stoinis 2-0-13-0 (w1)
England won by eight wickets
MoM: Chris Woakes