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ICC World Cup 2019 | We'll be Giving Everything We Can in the Final: Morgan

Cricketnext Staff |July 12, 2019, 1:21 AM IST
ICC World Cup 2019 | We'll be Giving Everything We Can in the Final: Morgan

Birmingham: Eoin Morgan was a six-year-old kid in Ireland in 1992, the last time England made the final of a World Cup. Twenty-seven years on, he hit the winning shot that took England there once again. They will now face New Zealand in the final at Lord's on July 14.

It was only fitting, given it was Morgan who led England's dramatic turnaround in one-day cricket since the lows of World Cup 2015.

Despite them growing from strength to strength in the last four years, England in knockout matches is always a tricky scenario. They found out in the Champions Trophy two years back when they abruptly lost the semifinal to Pakistan.

Growing up in Ireland, Morgan might not have understood the cynicism about England in knockout matches.

"I think we're quite cynical people, who never quite give people credit when it's due," he smiled when asked if he understood the apprehensions on England's knockout record in the past. "There's always a different side to it. We grow up around it. It is the way we are and we sometimes enjoy it too much.

"I think us, as a team, we have learnt to enjoy ourselves, particularly days like this, even if they don't go well. If you had offered us the position to play in a final the day after we were knocked out of 2015 World Cup, I would have laughed at you."

Morgan, though, surely understood what this victory means for the team and the country.

"It sounds pretty cool and it feels pretty good," he said. "The performance in the last three games, we have got better and better as a group. We talked before the tournament that we would have to do that in order to get to a semifinal and final and be contenders. I think today was a step further in the performance and adding on the two that we've built on already, I think it was important that we did that.

"Everybody out there on the field and even in the changing room loved every ball that was bowled. There was no lack of commitment, application and we had a bit of a day out. It's cool when it happens like that, particularly when the bowlers bowl like that, it is awesome."

Morgan pointed to the bowling unit's performance, calling it close to one of their most complete performances in the last four years.

"When you perform like that, you continue to take wickets, along with a little bit of luck, but we were quite persistent in the lengths that we bowled," he said. "We stuck to our plans, our plans managed to work, even when Smith and Carey started to dominate and grow in the partnership they did, we found something - an opportunity.

"It's been a process for the last four years. In 2015 we were way off the mark, we struggled against the top teams, and the teams that sat below that, so there was quite a drastic change in the way we played and the way we looked at playing our 50-over cricket. That has worked out extremely well for us and given the support that we've had throughout, the ECB, the backroom staff, as players we have taken that as far as we can so far."

Another massive day awaits on Sunday, and Morgan stressed on the need to 'enjoy the day' especially given the final will be on free-to-air television across the country.

"I think Sunday's not a day to shy away from, it's a day to look forward to, much like today," he said. "We have created the opportunity to play in a World Cup Final. It will be a matter of the same again trying to produce everything that we can performance-wise but enjoy the day.

"It's very cool (that the final will be on free TV). Particularly given the 2005 Ashes for me was sort of the day cricket became cool. Throughout the whole summer, the game was on the front and back page of every newspaper going around, everyone was talking about it and that is really good for the game. It's the game I love so it's great news that it's on free-to-air."

On July 11 2018, England's football team were knocked out of the World Cup in the semifinal. On July 11 2019, England beat Australia to enter the cricket World Cup final. Is it coming home?

"I wouldn't get too carried away yet," Morgan smiled. "It is obviously a very exciting time for everybody and ourselves included. I think giving ourselves the opportunity for Sunday's final is brilliant. We'll be giving it everything we can in order to try and win that game."

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 6807 122
3 Australia 5543 111
4 South Africa 5193 110
5 New Zealand 4737 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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