Cricket World Cup 2019 Final: New Zealand vs. England Early Preview and Schedule

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IIJuly 11, 2019

England's Jonny Bairstow (R) is watched by New Zealand's wicketkeeper Tom Latham as he plays a shot  during the 2019 Cricket World Cup group stage match between England and New Zealand at the Riverside Ground, in Chester-le-Street, northeast England, on July 3, 2019. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE        (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Hosts England will play New Zealand in Sunday's 2019 Cricket World Cup final after thrashing defending champions Australia by eight wickets in their last-four clash.

The Black Caps booked their place in the showpiece at Lord's on Wednesday by producing a shock win over India.

England beat New Zealand by 119 runs in the group stages of the tournament on July 3, and both teams will head into the final in London looking to lift the trophy for the first time.

     

Final Schedule

Date: Sunday, July 14

Time: 10:30 a.m. BST/5:30 a.m. ET

TV Info: Channel 4 (UK), Sky Sports Main Event (UK), Willow TV (U.S.)

Live Stream: Sky Go (UK), Willow TV (U.S.)

   

Early Preview

England produced their best performance of the World Cup on Thursday to knock out old rivals Australia in some style and book their place in the final.

Bowlers Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer sent the home team on their way by helping dismiss the Aussies for 223.

Meanwhile, openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow again came up with the goods, producing a partnership of 124. Joe Root and Eoin Morgan then ensured England completed the victory with 17.5 overs to spare.

However, captain Morgan is refusing to get carried away by his team's victory:

England will be relieved that Roy escaped a ban for his reaction to being dismissed against Australia.

The 28-year-old aimed an outburst at umpire Kumar Dharmasena and has been fined 30 per cent of his match fee, but he is available for the final, per Sky Sports.

Roy has played a key role for England at the tournament and will be needed against the Black Caps:

England will also be hoping Bairstow is fit after requiring treatment for an injury on the Edgbaston pitch in Birmingham against Australia. 

Morgan did not seem too worried about his fellow opener after the match, according to Nick Hoult of the Telegraph.

"I'm not sure what it was, but he seemed to move alright after it, so it is not very concerning, I don't think. It might be a niggle; we don't know until he is scanned, but after it, he seemed to move well, so that's a good sign."

New Zealand are into the final for the second World Cup in a row.

The Black Caps were beaten by England, Pakistan and Australia in the group stage to finish fourth, but they responded by producing a stunning performance to beat India by 18 runs in the semi-final.

The bowlers were the heroes for New Zealand. Trent Boult and Matt Henry made a brilliant start to leave India reeling at five for three, and the Black Caps' bowling attack should pose a serious threat:

The Kiwis were beaten by Australia in the final of the 2015 tournament that each country co-hosted, but captain Kane Williamson says things are different this time around, per The Independent's Callum Rice-Coates.

"It's a different feeling to last time," the prolific No. 3 batsman said. "We've had to skin it over the round robin, so it's been quite different. A lot of heart has been shown by the guys so far, but we're keeping our feet on the ground. It was a great semi-final, and we're happy to be on the right side of it."

Both teams will head into Sunday's final with plenty of momentum, but England, the world's top-ranked ODI side, will be favourites having already tasted victory over the Black Caps at this tournament.

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