Published: Fri, July 12, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Black Caps to play England in final

Black Caps to play England in final

Showing no nerves chasing the biggest prize in the sport, the tournament hosts trounced defending five-time champions and arch rivals Australia by eight wickets on Thursday (Friday NZ time) to ensure there will be a first-time victor of the World Cup.

"This Sunday is a massive day for British sport with England tantalisingly close to lifting the Cricket World Cup for the first time and Lewis Hamilton setting his sights on his seventh season win at Silverstone - all live on Channel 4".

The winners of the match in Birmingham will face New Zealand, who shocked mighty India at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

The most recent of those painful defeats came in 1992 when Graham Gooch's side were beaten by Pakistan, while Australia in 1987 and the West Indies in 1979 have also denied England in the final.

Australia, by contrast, have not won at the Birmingham ground in 26 years and did not play a game there during the group stages. Smith, who was also given a 12-month ban for his part in the incident, was given a similar greeting when he made his way to the wicket. Smaller boundaries at Edgbaston help their style of play with (Jason) Roy and (Jonny) Bairstow at the top and that's what they will want to exploit at the start of their innings. Both the teams will try their hearts out to win the game so that they could play the final and lift the World Cup.

"And he said "four years ago the coach or Straussy (former cricket director Andrew Strauss) said this is the squad we're going to take to the World Cup".

"One of those days, we didn't execute as we could have and you get hurt by a good team.We came here with a couple injuries but that's not an excuse".

"An incredible performance from the team, starting with the bowling and the way the guys finished that off was outstanding", he said after the game. Usman Khawaja has been ruled out of the rest of World Cup.

"There were some nerves around, a few anxious people in the dressing room - that's natural in the semi-finals of a major tournament". We tend to target the team as a whole and particularly a side as strong as Australia.

New Zealand's cricketers have now emulated the All Blacks, their country's all-conquering rugby union side, by reaching successive World Cup finals.

"We're full of confidence going into this game, but England have been front runners in one-day cricket for the last four years", said captain Finch.

Hear every ball of the second semi-final between Australia and England on Macquarie Sports Radio from 7:00 pm on Thursday, July 11. "England should be happy they are playing at Edgbaston and not Lord's", said Nasser before adding, "England has played two good games and in conditions that you will get in Edgbaston, Australia's swing bowlers will be less effective than they would have been at Lord's".

"It was mayhem out there, a little bit, with the new ball".

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