Cricket World Cup 2019: Morgan determined to end England's four-year process with maiden title

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England skipper Eoin Morgan is desperate for World Cup glory.

England captain Eoin Morgan is hungry to cap four years of toil and determination by delivering the World Cup win the country craves.

When Morgan leads his team out in Sunday’s Lord’s final against New Zealand, their first since 1992, he will follow in the footsteps of Mike Brearley, Mike Gatting and Graham Gooch, all of whom finished with runners-up medals.

The current generation have set their sights on becoming world champions for the first time, finishing a job they started all the way back in 2015, when they ripped up the blueprint that led to an abject campaign and plotted a new course.

Morgan has been at the forefront the whole way and knows the size of the chance in front of an England side who will get the opportunity to play in front of a mass free-to-air audience for the first time in 14 years.

If the personal stakes are huge then the wider implications for the sport are potentially even larger.

“It means a huge amount to me and everybody in the changing room. It’s a culmination of four years of hard work, dedication and a lot of planning,” said Morgan on the eve of a career-defining day at the office.

“It presents a huge opportunity to go on and try and win a World Cup. It’s on terrestrial television around the country and obviously various outlets online and that presents a huge opportunity for us to sell this great game.

“I think for everybody around the country, the support we’ve had throughout has been unquestionable and as a team that makes you feel extremely lucky. The general level of excitement, the messages you get through, the people you meet on the street… it’s pretty cool.”

Morgan has not visualised the winning moment, which would elevate him to sit alongside the likes of Bobby Moore and Martin Johnson in the national canon of sporting skippers, but more out of superstition than pessimism about his prospects.

“I haven’t allowed myself to think about lifting the trophy. Cricket and sport in particular is very fickle,” he said.

“If you ever get ahead it always seems to bite you in the backside. But for us to win it, I think around the country it would be awesome, great for the game.

“We’re going to enjoy the game regardless. We’re going to try and take in as much as we can, it’s a World Cup final, and we’re not going to shy away from that.”

England are picking from a fully fit squad, Jonny Bairstow having been passed fit after slipping mid-run in the semi-final thrashing of Australia, and will be highly tempted to stick with the side who have won the last three games in style.

That means four will miss out, two of whom – Tom Curran and Liam Dawson – have not seen action in the entire tournament.

The £3.2million winners’ pot will be weighted towards those who have featured most often, but Morgan’s gratitude is shared equally.

“We’re going to enjoy the game regardless. We’re going to try and take in as much as we can, it’s a World Cup final, and we’re not going to shy away from that.”

England are picking from a fully fit squad, Jonny Bairstow having been passed fit after slipping mid-run in the semi-final thrashing of Australia, and will be highly tempted to stick with the side who have won the last three games in style.

That means four will miss out, two of whom – Tom Curran and Liam Dawson – have not seen action in the entire tournament.

The £3.2million winners’ pot will be weighted towards those who have featured most often, but Morgan’s gratitude is shared equally.

“We just caught up outside. We are close mates and he’s taught me a lot about leadership,” Morgan added.

“I think in 2015 the way that New Zealand played, very similar to the way they are playing at the moment, they proved to everybody that you can perform at the highest level and get to the top by being yourselves and not trying to be somebody else.”

If both sides stay true to their distinct identities and deliver on the big stage, it promises to be quite an occasion.

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Warne spun Australia to a win in the 1999 World Cup final.

Whether in Melbourne, Mumbai or Marylebone, the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup final is an occasion like no other.

On Sunday the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground will host its fifth World Cup final as hosts England face 2015 finalists New Zealand for the right to call themselves the best in the world.

Whichever team comes out on top, cricket’s most coveted trophy will be handed to a new winner as the 12th edition of the tournament reaches a dizzying climax.

We take a stroll down memory lane and look at World Cup finals gone by.

1975: Lloyd leads by example

Runs made with backs to the wall are gripping to watch and Clive Lloyd coined the original. The West Indies captain came to the crease with his side struggling on 50/3 against Dennis Lillee’s Australia. Under glassy skies and in front of a feverish Lord’s crowd, Lloyd struck a masterful counter-attacking century and Keith Boyce took four wickets to crown Windies the inaugural winners.

1979: Richards strikes again

Just as Lloyd bailed them out four years earlier, it was the turn of Viv Richards to extricate West Indies from a poor start and propel them to glory. His 138 from 157 balls was a brutal innings by modern standards and helped set a target of 286 – well beyond hosts England despite the stoical efforts of openers Geoffrey Boycott and Mike Brearley.

1983: India’s summer

India’s vaunted bowling attack wrested the World Cup from the grasp of West Indies as Kapil Dev masterminded a memorable triumph. Dev’s outfit only managed 183 first up and Windies looked destined for a third straight victory, but Mohinder Amarnath and Madan Lal exploited swinging and seaming conditions to get home by 43 runs.

India script history at Lord's.

India script history at Lord’s.

1987: Advance Australia

An Australia side that Steve Waugh would later label ‘rank outsiders’ pulled off an unlikely triumph in India & Pakistan, the first time the World Cup was staged outside England. The Eden Gardens final against the English would be immortalised for Mike Gatting’s ill-judged reverse sweep when his team were well-placed and David Boon’s gutsy 75, the backbone of his country’s inaugural triumph.

1992: Cornered Tigers roar back

Imran Khan asked his team to fight and they scrapped for every inch until the skipper himself dismissed Richard Illingworth to clinch perhaps the World Cup’s most remarkable victory. Seemingly down and out after one win in their first five, Pakistan surged to five successive wins – inspired by Imran, whose 72 in the final earned his nation a maiden triumph in Melbourne.

A dream campaign from Imran Khan and his men.

A dream campaign from Imran Khan and his men.

1996: De Silva’s service

In what is still the finest all-round performance in a World Cup final, Aravinda de Silva took two catches and snaffled three wickets to restrict Mark Taylor’s Australia to 241 in Lahore. Alongside Asanka Gurusinha’s measured half-century, de Silva struck a masterful 107 to get Sri Lanka over the line by seven wickets, etching a fifth name onto the World Cup trophy.

1999: Warne blows Pakistan away

In the World Cup win that sparked an era of one-day dominance, Shane Warne spun Australia to a comprehensive defeat of Pakistan at Lord’s. The 1992 winners were bowled out for 132 as Glenn McGrath, Tom Moody and Warne strangled Wasim Akram’s men. Adam Gilchrist’s belligerence saw them over the line with eight wickets in hand.

2003: Australia go back-to-back

Australia secure successive World Cup wins with a contrasting but equally emphatic victory over India at the Wanderers. They smote 359 from their 50 overs – then their second highest-ever score in the format – with Ricky Ponting and Damien Martyn sharing a partnership of 234 runs, another national record. India got nowhere near, dismissed for 234.

2007: Gilchrist goes big

A rain-reduced repeat of the 1996 showpiece was dominated by Gilchrist, whose 149 remains the highest-ever score in a World Cup final. Australia’s threepeat was never in doubt after Kumar Sangakkara and Sanath Jayasuriya were dismissed chasing 281, extending the winning streak of their one-day dynasty to 29 games.

2011: Dhoni does it for India

India’s World Cup win on home soil remains one of the most significant moments in the game’s recent history, sparking scenes of jubilation not seen since. Mahela Jayawardene scored the sixth hundred in a World Cup final but ended on the losing side – largely due to Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s perfectly-timed 91 in the chase and 97 from Gautam Gambhir.

India reign supreme at home.

India reign supreme on home soil.

2015: Australia romp home

Australia claimed a fourth win in five tournaments in front of a near-six figure crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. It was a final triumph to stand alongside any of their previous efforts as a relentless bowling performance saw them dismiss the Black Caps for just 183 runs before they chased down the modest total with as many as seven wickets to spare.

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England captain Eoin Morgan said fellow 2019 World Cup finalists New Zealand were the best team of the group stage and the hardest to beat in the tournament.

England sailed into the Lord’s final on Sunday after thumping Australia by eight wickets in the semis, while the Kiwis beat India by 18 runs in their last four clash.

New Zealand qualified for the knockouts due to a better net run rate than Pakistan and despite losing its last three league games by big margins. However, Morgan said the Kiwis were the best side of the tournament.

“I think New Zealand throughout the whole tournament has probably been the hardest side to beat and the best side in the group stages. I think their performance in the semi-final was probably their best. They will be a difficult side to beat on Sunday, so we are looking forward to it.”










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