England bare fangs and roar, Sport News & Top Stories

Tanya Simon
July 14, 2019

England's director of cricket Ashley Giles said in February that they are nearly certain to have one coach in charge of their test, one-day global and Twenty20 teams after Bayliss completes his stint.

With 12 catches to his name, Joe Root surpassed former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting's record of 11 catches during the 2003 World Cup. With Chris Woakes (3/20) and Jofra Archer (2/32) cost Australia losing five wickets with a handful of runs on the board.

"They bowled extremely well and took their opportunities".

"Perhaps it was the sheer pizzazz of England's performance that will live with the players through their rest and travel day, and their light practice at Lord's on the eve of the final: such a combination of flair and efficiency that England have seldom exhibited in the knockout stages of any sport". He has decided that was the way this team should play.

"Very cool", said Morgan, as chilled as ever.

England have risen to the top of the one-day global rankings since a woeful first-round exit at the last edition of the quadrennial tournament and Thursday's success was their first win in the knockout phase since 1992.

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As England captain Eoin Morgan put it: "If you had offered us the position to play in a final the day after we were knocked out of the 2015 World Cup, I would have laughed at you". "We'll be giving it everything we can in order to try and win that game".

Known for punching above their weight in the World Cup, New Zealand have the chance to go one better than their seven-wicket defeat to Australia four years ago.

It was noticeable that in the immediate aftermath of the win over Australia at Edgbaston, Morgan, who had struck the winning runs and ended unbeaten on 45, was quick to acknowledge the role that his backroom staff had played. Others, particularly over the last couple of years, will bring a smile to his face and a feeling of pride.

They were dominant from the start against deposed champions Australia, who had never lost any of their previous seven semi-finals.

Morgan, however, will not take anything for granted, especially against Kane Williamson's team who upstaged India in the first semi-final in Manchester.

"I'd be lying if I said we weren't a bit overawed by the change of scenery", said Taylor as he looked back to New Zealand's first and only match on Australian soil in that tournament.

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