• Morgan forecasts low-scoring final

    England captain Eoin Morgan has predicted Sunday’s World Cup final against New Zealand at Lord’s in London won’t generate big totals.

    The average score gathered by the team batting first at this venue during the 2019 tournament has been 288, though Pakistan amassed 300-plus twice.

    ‘It isn’t ever a high-scoring ground – so I’d say it isn’t going to be a high-scoring game. I think it will be a bit of a battle,’ said Morgan.

    ‘In general, the scores have been a lot lower than they have been in the last two or three years. Adjusting to that has been hard work, but New Zealand have handled that brilliantly.’

    England have played in three World Cup finals, but never collected a title. They suffered final defeats by the West Indies, Australia and Pakistan in 1979, 1987 and 1992, respectively.

    ‘I haven’t allowed myself to think about lifting the trophy. Sport, in particular, is very fickle. If you ever get ahead of yourself, it bites you on the backside,’ added Morgan.

    ‘The final means a huge amount to me and everybody in the changing room. It’s a culmination of four years of hard work, dedication, a lot of planning and it presents a huge opportunity to go on and try and win a World Cup.

    ‘I think for everybody around the country, the support we’ve had throughout has been unquestionable and it makes you feel extremely lucky to be part of a team that has that sort of support.’

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