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British PM Theresa May Hosts Victorious England Cricket Team

Reuters |July 16, 2019, 1:14 AM IST
British PM Theresa May Hosts Victorious England Cricket Team

British Prime Minister Theresa May hosted the World Cup-winning England cricket team in the garden of her Downing Street residence on Monday, after a "brilliant performance" that her spokesman said would live forever in the country's sporting history.

England ended their 44-year wait for a first 50-overs world title by beating New Zealand in a thrilling final Super Over on Sunday.

May, a keen cricket fan, was at the match and following the win posted a clip on Twitter of herself dancing.

The British leader, who is due to stand down next week, greeted the players in front of her official residence and posed for pictures with the team and the trophy before the drinks reception began.

"Yesterday was a brilliant performance by a brilliant team. They showed flair, courage and an absolute determination to become world champions. The achievement delivered in such a thrilling style on home soil will live forever in our sporting history," May's spokesman said.

Since being unceremoniously dumped out of the 2015 edition of the marquee tournament in Australia, the England side have reinvented themselves as one-day cricket specialists and headed into the World Cup as overwhelming favourites.

The match, which England won on boundary count, was watched by more than 8 million people in Britain.

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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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1 England 6745 125
2 India 6939 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
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1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 India 8099 261
5 Australia 5471 261
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