CWC 2019: New Zealand eye world glory and cash bonanza at Lord's

Ajit Vijaykumar 18:50 13/07/2019
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New Zealand cricketers are one step away from not only achieving World Cup glory for the first time in their country’s cricketing history, they are also within touching distance of a cash bonanza.

As England and New Zealand face off in Lord’s on Sunday, the Kiwi players will be vying for not only their second major ICC trophy of any kind – after the 2000 ICC Champions Trophy – but also a slice of the $10 million overall prize money.

The Kiwis are already guaranteed $2 million for being in the final. If they do defeat hosts England, the will take home $4 million for winning the trophy. They came close last time against Australia in 2015 and will be hoping to go all the way this time.

Apart from the winner’s cheque, New Zealand also stand to gain $40,000 from each win in the league stage – which amounts to $200,000 after five wins. On top of that, they also get an additional $100,000 for qualifying to the semis. In all, the winner of the final stands to net $4.3 million.

New Zealand Herald quoted NZ Cricket Players’ Association chief executive Heath Mills as saying that the money would be split equally among all 15 members of the squad, while the support staff will get an equal share of their portion of the remaining money.

“It is a significant payday if they go well. And they deserve it,” Mills was quoted as saying.

“The World Cup is a significant revenue earner for the ICC, its members and obviously players should quite rightly share in that return.”

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Press Association Sport 18:46 13/07/2019
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New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson speaks ahead of the final.

Kane Williamson insists every dog has its day, unfazed by the expectation that New Zealand will be the fall guys for a second successive World Cup final.

The New Zealand captain was in a relaxed mood at Lord’s 24 hours before their meeting against England, who thumped the Black Caps by 119 runs when they met in the group stage of the tournament earlier this month.

A third defeat in a row meant the Kiwis were left sweating on their progression to the knockout stages, only qualifying on net run-rate after finishing level on points with Pakistan.

They upset the form book, beating India by 18 runs on the reserve day of their semi-final at Old Trafford, but will once again be underdogs on Sunday against the top-ranked side in one-day internationals.

Williamson was content to confer the favourites tag on to England, who have won eight of their last 12 ODIs between the sides, as New Zealand look to go one step further than four years ago, when they were beaten by Australia.

“I think England, rightly so, deserve to be favourites,” he said, when asked whether he feels New Zealand are the underdogs.

“Coming into this tournament from the start, they were favourites and they’ve been playing really good cricket.

“But whatever dog we are, it’s just important that we focus on the cricket that we want to play and we have seen over the years that anybody can beat anybody regardless of breed of dog!”

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

Press Association Sport 18:30 13/07/2019
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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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