England out to cap ODI transformation in World Cup final
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Eoin Morgan (right) remains confident but remains wary of New Zealand for the Cricket World Cup. (AFP pic)
LONDON: Eoin Morgan’s England can cap a stunning white-ball transformation in Sunday’s Cricket World Cup final but awaiting them at Lord’s will be a New Zealand side chasing their own slice of history.
Twenty-three years after Arjuna Ranatunga’s rag-tag Sri Lankan side clinched the title in Lahore, Lord’s will anoint new 50-over world champions after Australia and India, who shared the last five titles between them, wilted in the semi-finals.
Of the two protagonists who will square off at the ‘home of cricket’, the hosts have more at stake.
Morgan’s men are agonisingly close to completing a remarkable turnaround since being dumped out of the 2015 edition following a defeat to Bangladesh, a setback that changed an otherwise Ashes-obsessed England’s approach to one-day cricket.
They have since reinvented themselves as a ruthless one-day juggernaut, routinely racking up 300-plus scores with a fearless brand of cricket to reclaim the top ODI ranking last year after a five-year gap….