Watch as Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer reflect on England's stunning World Cup win

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Jofra Archer and Jos Buttler had high praise for captain Eoin Morgan as they reflected on England winning the Cricket World Cup for the first time with a dramatic super over victory over New Zealand.

Nothing could separate the two sides after 100 overs of regulation play – both made 241 from their fifty – and it needed a six-ball shoot-out to decide the winners.

Even that was as tight as it could have been – New Zealand’s Martin Guptill forced the ball into the off-side on the final delivery and came back for a second run that would have given Kane Williamson’s side victory.

However a combination of Jason Roy’s throw from the outfield and Buttler’s neat glovework ran Guptill out and England won on boundaries scored in the original 50-over match.


‘”Pure elation,” said Buttler, reflecting on a made finale.








“I think like you say now to have won the World Cup, that four years means so much.


“Eoin Morgan and Trevor Bayliss spearheading all the things that have happened, there’s so many people, but to really get us to a position where we could compete in a World Cup and believe we could win it, to get us to a final and then somehow we’ve ended up champions after that game.”


On the faith shown in him by captain Morgan to bowl in the super over, Archer said: “Yeah, he didn’t even come to me.  I had to ask him if it was me that was bowling.


“Yeah I think…  a lot of the players told me that I got this even before he came. So I think everyone was probably looking for me to do it anyway.”



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See highlights from a dramatic day at Lord's as England win first World Cup

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A jubilant England won Cricket’s World Cup for the first time on Sunday, following a heart-stopping super over triumph against New Zealand at Lord’s.

Nothing could separate the two sides after 100 overs of regulation play – both made 241 from their fifty – and it needed a six-ball shoot-out to decide the winners.

Even that was as tight as it could have been – New Zealand’s Martin Guptill forced the ball into the off-side on the final delivery and came back for a second run that would have given Kane Williamson’s side victory.

However a combination of Jason Roy’s throw from the outfield and Jos Buttler’s neat glovework ran Guptill out and England won on boundaries scored in the original 50-over match.


It was hard on the gallant Blackcaps, who came into the match having also never previously won the World Cup.









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CWC 2019: Ben Stokes vindicated by match-winning performance, says Chris Woakes

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Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes

Chris Woakes hailed Ben Stokes’ World Cup final man of the match performance as full vindication for his second chance with England.

Stokes was found not guilty of affray in August 2018, apologised for his actions and worked his way back into the England set-up. He completed a personal redemption in a virtuoso display at Lord’s on Sunday.

Stokes’ unbeaten 84 dragged England to a tie with New Zealand after 50 overs; the two sides then tied a super over too, with the tournament hosts crowned champions courtesy of superior boundary count.

Warwickshire seamer Woakes paid tribute to Stokes for seizing his second chance with both hands, as England lifted the World Cup for the first time.

“I’m a big believer that people should be given second chances; you live and you learn in this life,” said Woakes, of Stokes.

“Ben’s always given 110 per cent on the field, he’s the best team man we have in this team, and we’ve got a lot of good ones.

“He puts in a shift every single day, he wants to be the best he can be, and today he was, and that’s brilliant to see.

“He has been through a tough 12 months or so, and for him to come out the other side is credit to him, because he’s put in some hard yards.

“He owned up to what he did, he also apologised to the group and things like that.

“And he copped a lot of stick. So for him to come out of the other side, and be a world champion and be man of the match in that game, is richly deserved.”

Stokes and Jos Buttler inched England home through the super over drama, the added over for each team acting as cricket’s equivalent of extra time.

Asked if Stokes’ match-winning turn crystallised his personal redemption, Woakes replied: “Yes, definitely. Ben’s a world-class cricketer and he’s delivered on the world-class stage on a number of occasions, but today will top it all.

“To get us as close as he did, his and Jos’ partnership was crucial.

“But to go about getting that score batting with the tail shows his quality.

“He’s the whole package, and he’s a top bloke as well so I’m delighted for him.”

Woakes bagged 16 wickets across a hugely-fruitful personal tournament, as pre-competition favourites England ground their way to their maiden triumph.

The 30-year-old admitted he will cherish his contribution as England battled through must-win group matches against India and New Zealand, before also starring in the knockout clashes to boot.

“This really is amazing, and I think the most pleasing thing for me is that I’ve performed in the last four games, which have been our most crucial ones,” said Woakes.

“You want to stand up in those big games and I’m pleased I’ve been able to deliver something for the team.

“My role is to get the team off to a good start, which thankfully I’ve been able to do.”

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