In the final Sunday, and ahead of the Ashes next month, the Three Lions have a golden opportunity to capture the imagination of the English public, as they bid to clinch the 50-over World Cup for the first time in history
The day of reckoning has finally arrived for the England cricket team.
They will take on New Zealand in the grand finale of the World Cup 2019 Sunday at the home of cricket, at Lord’s in London.
England captain Eoin Morgan recently said their 2005 Ashes win over Australia marked a refreshing change in the UK over how the game of cricket dominated the front and back pages of the newspapers.
And Sunday in the final, and ahead of the Ashes next month, the Three Lions have one more opportunity to capture the imagination of the English public, as they bid to clinch the 50-over World Cup for the first time in history.
Here are the excerpts of Morgan’s pre-final press conference Saturday in London:
@englandcricket beat mighty @CricketAus Thursday at Edgbaston in Birmingham by a convincing margin of eight wickets to advance to the @cricketworldcup final, scheduled to be held Sunday at @HomeOfCricket in London, where @BLACKCAPS lie in wait.https://t.co/dj6XTyVSyE#ENGLAND— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) July 11, 2019
Can you sum up what this game means to you and to English cricket?
Yeah, it means a huge amount to me and everybody in the changing room.
It's a culmination of four years of hard work, dedication, a lot of planning and it presents a huge opportunity to go on and try and win a World Cup.
I think for everybody around the country, the support we've had throughout has been unquestionable and that's - as a team, that is, you know, it makes you feel extremely lucky to be part of a team that has that sort of support.
I think it presents another opportunity for both teams and the ICC to sell the game on a huge platform, two very strong sides, hopefully produce a really good game of cricket.
It's on terrestrial television around the country and obviously various outlets online.
It presents a huge opportunity for us to sell this great game. It looks pretty green out there, surprisingly green.
English batsmen have scored seven centuries during #CWC19.— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 13, 2019
That's the same as England managed in the 1987, 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015 tournaments combined 👀 #NZvENG | #WeAreEngland pic.twitter.com/yeLM1kAjyt
You know the conditions well. Is it a bowl first wicket?
From afar, it looks greener than it is. There isn't a lot of grass on the wicket. So it probably exaggerates how it will look.
I think it will look different - if the sun comes out for a few hours, it will look different in a few hours, it'll go whiter and burn it off.
So are there chances for England to bowl first?
Depends on how hard the wicket gets.
A World Cup final for a cricket match doesn't get much bigger than this. Have you allowed yourselves to imagine lifting that trophy and if it's an England win, what does that mean for the game of cricket in this country?
I haven't allowed myself to think about lifting the trophy. Cricket and sport in particular is very fickle.
If you ever get ahead, it always seems to bite you in the backside, so for us to win it, I think around the country it would be awesome, great for the game.
I think quite iconic in certainly young kids' memory if they are watching it at home and we manage to lift the trophy, it would be awesome.
You have spoken a lot about how your team have changed over the last four years and modelling yourself off Brendon McCullum and that sort of stuff. How do you think the Black Caps team have changed in that time and how have they changed from Brendon's captaincy to Kane Williamson's captaincy?
I think the two boys have two different styles of captaincy. I think that's important for any leader.
I think if they are trying to be somebody else it's never going to work.
You have to be yourself otherwise the messages that you give to your team, or anything you try and do isn't authentic and people spot that straightaway.
I think the progress that they have made or continue strides that they have made they have just been on top of their game since, extremely experienced players who have continually challenged the best in the world and had success doing it.
Surely, @JofraArcher is the x-factor of @englandcricket at the moment as the young pacer has been terrorizing batsmen with hi sheer pace and bouncers throughout the tournament.https://t.co/ahHNFu9jQU#JOFRAARCHER #JOFRA #ARCHER #ENGLAND #CRICKET #ENGLANDCRICKET #CRICKETWORLDCUP— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) July 11, 2019
You say it will be a bit of a battle. What impresses you most about New Zealand and where do you see the game being won and lost?
It's difficult to say because they are such a stable side.
They offer threats throughout with the ball and they're just a stable side with the bat.
I think there will be times throughout the game where it could be won or lost, but I think it will be a really good game of cricket.