Morgan urges England to embrace Cricket World Cup final at Lord’s

‘It’s not a day to shy away from… it’s a day to look forward to’: Eoin Morgan urges England to embrace the occasion against New Zealand in Cricket World Cup final at Lord’s

  • England crushed Australia by eight wickets to reach the Cricket World Cup final
  • Eoin Morgan wants England to embrace the occasion of being in Sunday’s final
  • Victory over Australia was their first in a World Cup contest since back in 1992 

Eoin Morgan called on his team to embrace the challenge of England’s first World Cup final for 27 years after they brushed aside Australia by eight wickets to set up Sunday’s Lord’s showdown against New Zealand.

England’s first World Cup victory over Australia since 1992 was their most complete performance of the tournament – and Morgan admitted it was ‘close to’ their best overall since their white-ball revolution began four years ago.

As for being in a World Cup final, Morgan said: ‘It sounds pretty cool and it feels pretty good. The performance in the last three games, we have got better and better as a group.

Eoin Morgan (right) warns England not to shy away from Sunday’s Cricket World Cup final

Morgan played his part as England thrashed Australia in Thursday’s semi-final at Edgbaston

‘Everybody out there on the field and even in the changing-room loved every ball that was bowled. There was no lack of commitment or application, and we had a bit of a day out. It’s cool when it happens like that.

‘Sunday’s not a day to shy away from: it’s a day to look forward to. We have created the opportunity to play in a World Cup final. It will be a matter of trying to produce everything that we can performance-wise, but enjoy the day.’

By contrast, Australian captain Aaron Finch did his best to put a brave face on Australia’s first-ever semi-final defeat after seven previous triumphs. ‘All in all we were just totally outplayed, to be honest,’ he said. ‘All through the day.’

The England captain said talk of a final as ‘cool’ but wants the team to rise to the occasion

Australia captain Aaron Finch could not hide his frustration following the eight-wicket defeat

England’s progress coincided with the news that Sky have agreed to allow the final to be co-broadcast by Channel 4, who will divide coverage of the British Grand Prix and the cricket between their main channel and More 4, which is also free to air.

Morgan described the move as ‘very cool’, before referencing the last time live English cricket was on a free-to-air channel.

‘For me, the 2005 Ashes was the day cricket became cool,’ he said. 

‘Throughout the whole summer, the game was on the front and back page of every newspaper going around, everyone was talking about and it 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.’

He was echoed by man of the match Chris Woakes. ‘It is great,’ he said. ‘The more people that can watch England play cricket, the better, in our opinion.’

Meanwhile, Jason Roy was fined two demerit points and 30 per cent of his fee by ICC match referee Ranjan Madugalle after reacting badly to being given out by Kumar Dhamasena, caught behind down the leg side off Pat Cummins for 85.

Roy initially asked for a review, and replays showed he hadn’t touched the ball, but he had to leave the field after it was pointed out to him that Jonny Bairstow had already used up England’s challenge. 

The fine for dissent takes him to three demerit points for this World Cup following an earlier incident against Pakistan, but a ban kicks in only after a player reaches a total of four.

England’s Jason Roy was fined two demerit points and 30 per cent of his fee after the match

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