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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 - The hosts England cricket team will lock horns with the New Zealand cricket team in the final of the 12th edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 to be played on Lord?s ground on 14 July 2019. Lord?s also hosted the finals of the inaugural World Cup in 1975, as well as the finals in 1979, 1983 and 1999.
England cricket team led by their star player Eoin Morgan has appeared in every edition of the Cricket World Cup to date, but have never won the competition. England and Wales is the only country which has hosted the world cup for 5 times. England will play its 4th final of the cricket world cup against New Zealand on 14th July 2019.
Currently English team is at the number one position of the ICC's ODI team ranking While New Zealand is at number 3 position.
On the other hand, New Zealand cricket team led by their star player Kane Williamson have banked on a committed bunch of individuals with an incredible leader in the form of their star player Kane Williamson, who would like to go one better than his predecessor Brendon McCullum during the last edition.
Pitch report: The track at Lord's is known to offer a little bit of something for both batsmen and bowlers. All four games played at the venue before the Final have been won by the team batting first with just two teams going past 300. The captains will definitely want to put a score on the board to avoid the pressure of a run-chase with the pitches also known to slow down as the match progresses.
Weather conditions: As far as the weather forecast for London goes, an excellent day for cricket is expected at Lord's on July 14. There is almost no chance of rain and the sun is expected to shine brightly during the course of the Final.
Head to head:
Total Match - 90
New Zealand won - 43
England won - 41
No Result - 4
Matches tied - 2
In the World Cups: 5-3 in the favour of the Black Caps New Zealand cricket team.
Team News: There aren't any fresh injury concerns from either team who will both be expected to field, so both teams will be playing with the same Playing XI from the semi-finals.
While, New Zealand cricket team management have been struggling with their opening partnership but wouldn't want to experiment on the biggest stage and will most likely persist with Guptill and Nicholls.
Players to watch out for
Jason Roy - The English attacking opener Jason Roy has been absolutely devastating since returning to the squad after picking up an injury in the win against West Indies. He has scores of 66, 60 and 85 in the last three matches coming against India, New Zealand and Australia respectively. Roy was fined for his protest after being incorrectly ruled out against Australia and will want to go the distance in the Final finishing with a century.
Kane Williamson - The New Zealand cricket team skipper has been the rock for his team who have struggled with their batting all through the tournament. Williamson has 548 runs from 9 matches so far coming at an impressive average of 91.33. The Kiwi captain will also have an opportunity to eclipse Rohit Sharma (648 runs) as the highest run scorer of the tournament if he can notch up a century.
New Zealand - Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
England - Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (C), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor
England: Eoin Morgan (C), Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, James Vince, Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Liam Dawson, Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Liam Plunkett, and Tom Curran
England enter this Final as strong favourites having beaten New Zealand by 119 runs in their final group stage encounter. However, New Zealand caused a sensational upset by defending 239 against India and will prove to be a handful for England to deal with.