New Zealand vs England

World Cup captains gather round pre-tournament for

World Cup captains gather round pre-tournament for

He showed his cricketing prowess there, too - playing in several memorable matches for the school in 2010 and also playing for Essex side Halstead.

On his return to New Zealand he quickly moved through the cricketing ranks, making his New Zealand T20 debut in December 2014, with his One Day debut coming a month later. That's for the media to say. "We'd all like to be contenders going into every World Cup and not just an afterthought, as we probably have been before".

A new cricket champion will be crowned as neither side has won the World Cup before.

"We've come a hell of a long way in the last four years after being humiliated in the last World Cup", said Morgan.

Talking about his team, Stead said, "There are a lot of positives but there is a lot of fight and steeliness in the way we have played. But at the same time as we know in this game nothing promises, so it does come down to putting a performance on the board that gives us the best opportunity to win", he said. "What we have to do is to be able to adapt to conditions in front of us".

That adaptability was illustrated by the way New Zealand played the semis against India, according to the coach.

"Working out that 240 is a good score is the strength of the guys have, especially the middle order". Players like Kane, Ross, Tom Latham... they have a lot of experience.

Morgan's men will be looking to emulate the England women's team, who won the World Cup on the same ground two years ago. "We didn't make any but just adapted to the conditions". World Cup finals tend to be low-scoring matches and this is likely to be no exception, if previous matches at Lord's are anything to go by.

They will do so at the end of a tournament which has taken in 11 venues across England and Wales and been watched by more than 675m people worldwide. "But since England and India were being looked upon as winners, maybe there is more pressure on England".

"The ability to understand conditions is, more than anything else, what sets this New Zealand team apart". What goes into creating the right attitude?

"The good faith, support and enthusiasm we've been shown in the tournament has been brilliant". That's all you can ask of everyone.

"I think Monday might be a public holiday back home because most of New Zealand will be up watching the game", Stead told media in London overnight.

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