• Morgan: This means the world to us

    Captain Eoin Morgan emerged patriotic and proud after England beat New Zealand in World Cup’s final at Lord’s on Sunday.

    The teams tied the match and the Super Over, but a tournament legality deemed England victorious on the back of a superior boundary count.

    ‘There was a lot in that game. I’d like to commiserate with Kane Williamson and his team. The fight that they show is worth aspiring to. The example that they lead is hugely commendable to him and his team,’ said Morgan.

    ‘It was a very hard-fought game. We have developed a lot over these years, especially the last two. To get over the line today means the world to us.’

    Morgan recalled the tension during the closing throes of Sunday’s tight result, after which all-rounder Ben Stokes was named Man of the Match on the back of an unbeaten half-ton during regular play – and some more important runs during the Super Over. He was well supported by fellow half-centurion Jos Buttler during both.

    ‘I was being cooled down by Liam Plunkett, which isn’t a good sign – we were going up and down like a yo-yo. Some of the support staff and the players, not only the best in our team, but in the world, they really helped – quite calming at times,’ added Morgan.

    ‘As long as he wasn’t too cooked, I asked Stokes to go for it. Full credit to the two boys who went out for the Super Over, given that they were there most recently. Really incredible, that.’

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