England out to cap ODI transformation in World Cup final


England face New Zealand in the World Cup final on Sunday knowing years of planning come down to a single day at Lord's.

They mauled Australia on Thursday, with what Kane Williamson's side may see as alarming ease.

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.

"I think Archer has given England that X factor so those two guys are form payers but I wouldn't be surprised if Ben Stokes steps up to the plate in the final and produces something special".

Former World Cup-winning captain Steve Waugh has warned England they will need to bring their A game to Lord's if they are to win the competition for the first time.

"Us, as a team, we have learned to enjoy ourselves, particularly days like this, even if they don't go well".

South African skipper Faf du Plessis and England's Jonny Bairstow stand at number three and four spot with ten and nine catches to their name in the ongoing edition of the World Cup.

"They bowled extremely well and took their opportunities".

By getting to the final for the fourth time, England have ensured the match will be screened on free-to-air TV in Britain - the first time this has happened since the 2005 Ashes series on home soil - and Morgan feels their achievement has made the sport "very cool".

Victory for the top-ranked ODI side would mark the end of a remarkable journey from the pain of an early exit at the 2015 World Cup to the ultimate prize in the game.

England have risen to the top of the one-day worldwide rankings since a woeful first-round exit at the last edition of the quadrennial tournament and Thursday's success was their first win in the knockout phase since 1992.

Their semi-final clash against Australia was expected to be a close one as the latter had just steamrolled them in the group stage.

Chris Woakes was England's star performer at Edgbaston as he dismantled the Australia top-order including taking the big wicket of David Warner to return figures of 3-20.

The English batting further put their foot on the pedal against Afghanistan as Eoin Morgan played the innings of his life, slamming 148, adorned by 17 sixes.

England's win over New Zealand followed victory over India as the hosts won their final two pool games to secure qualification for the semi-finals.

"They played pretty much the flawless game of one-day cricket in a big occasion, a semi-final against Australia when there was a lot of pressure so that will give them a lot of confidence going into Sunday no doubt".

The Australian, who yesterday also confirmed he would not be extending his current deal when it expires in September, told BBC radio: "We can't listen to any of that".