England out to cap ODI transformation in World Cup final


New Zealand's Martin Guptill has struggled badly in England and Wales, eking out just 167 runs in nine innings, a sharp contrast from 2015, when he finished as the top runscorer in the tournament, hitting an unbeaten 237 against the West Indies.

Pat Cummins can not wait to return to Edgbaston and believes Australia will want revenge in the Ashes opener after their Cricket World Cup exit at England's hands.

Mitchell Starc broke a 12-year record held by Glenn Mcgrath for taking the most wickets at a single World Cup during the semifinal between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Thursday.

Chris Woakes, whose fine spell of three wickets for 20 runs, helped bowl out Australia for 223, agrees that the 32-year-old's leadership has been central to the way England have coped with the pressure and expectation of being a host nation.

Morgan's men are agonizingly close to completing a remarkable turnaround since being dumped out of the 2015 edition following a defeat to Bangladesh, a setback that changed an otherwise Ashes-obsessed England's approach to one-day cricket.

Morgan consulted with leadership experts at the beginning of the four-year cycle, including England's own team psychologist David Young.

Cricket World Cup chiefs on Friday warned fans wishing to attend the final at Lord's between England and New Zealand against paying thousands of pounds on secondary ticket websites.

"I've found myself getting quite emotional watching it because all we wanted four years ago was for England to go out and play in a different style, a different brand of cricket", he told Sky Sports.

"It's one of the best one-day teams I've seen and would compete against anyone from previous eras but ultimately they will be judged on Sunday", said Waugh, who won two World Cups with Australia.

Sri Lankan umpire Kumar Dharmasena eventually gave Roy out, prompting the batsman to request a review.

"But at the same time we came here today to win a semi-final and get ourselves into a position to win another World Cup".

"Yes, it's been a process for the last four years". The Kiwis have not played their best cricket in the latter half of the tournament and would be relatively easier opponents as compared to India or Australia.

Batting great Sachin Tendulkar said Williamson's "captaincy and composure" played a key part in the victory over India.

"I think Sunday's not a day to shy away from, it's a day to look forward to", said Morgan, an outrider in English cricket in becoming an ODI specialist when the steely Dubliner realised his Test career had stalled.

"Us, as a team, we have learned to enjoy ourselves, particularly days like this, even if they don't go well".