New Zealand happy to be underdogs at Lords


Last time they were at the ground they were pushed to the brink of a group-stage elimination by a 64-run loss to 2015 World Cup winners Australia.

It is the first time since 1992 that England's cricket side have managed to reach the World Cup final and the whole nation are behind them as they look to create history by claiming their very first trophy in the worldwide competition.

But their best attributes came to the fore in the semifinal against favourites India, whom they pipped by 18 runs to reach their second straight World Cup final.

"We really look forward to big games or big moments in games". There was a lot of talk before the World Cup about scores of 350 and more. Stead thought that there will be more pressure on England. "We'd all like to be contenders going into every World Cup and not just an afterthought, as we probably have been before". Playing the conditions and winning tight games is what has been the hallmark of the Kiwis.

They responded with wins against India, New Zealand and a phenomenal semi-final performance to hammer Australia.

Talking about his team, Stead said, "There are a lot of positives but there is a lot of fight and steeliness in the way we have played".

Experts feel that New Zealand are very comfortable with the underdogs tag as they have always surprised their opponents with their convincing performances.

"We didn't get too down or upset", said Roy, whose brilliant form with the bat has underpinned England's improvement.

"But whatever dog we are, it's just important that we focus on the cricket that we want to play".

"Heading into this tournament they were favourites and they've been playing really good cricket. We have seen over the years that anybody can beat anybody regardless of the breed of dog", Williamson said with a killer smile. England batsman Jonny Bairstow required treatment on a leg at Edgbaston, but will be fit to play.

The weather looks good for Sunday's World Cup final. Although it may start out cloudy with a little light drizzle first thing in the morning, rain isn't likely to cause any interruption to play at all. The wind will be light and temperatures will climb to around 20C.