England and New Zealand will meet at Lord’s on Sunday to compete for their first Cricket World Cup trophy.
Neither side has registered a tournament win since its inception, although both have finished as runners-up.
Indeed, although the last of England’s three final appearances was in 1992, New Zealand will feature in their second consecutive final.
But could it finally be England’s year? After all, World Cup final appearances feel a rarity in the world of men’s sport.
Needless to say both fans and former players are jumping on the bandwagon, expecting another World Cup delivered at Lord’s - following on from England Women’s triumph back in 2017.
England’s Test talisman Stuart Broad led the excitement, claiming both teams’ brands of of cricket deserved a final appearance, while former captain Michael Vaughan left no room for doubt as to who he wanted to win.
We can only assume Ravi Ashwin, India’s spin bowler, woke up in a cold sweat at the thought of a rained-off final, though, as he immediately tweeted upon seeing the rain.
And indeed even England football star Harry Kane took to posting a short video on Twitter.
He tells Eoin Morgan’s men: “Want to wish you all the best for the final, congratulations. Great win against Australia.
“I’ll be watching - go rip it up! All the best.”
— Harry Kane (@HKane) July 14, 2019
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) July 14, 2019
World Cup Final Day 🏆
Huge respect for both teams, England & New Zealand for playing the sort of cricket that gets you to a Final. Good luck to the players, it’s going to be a great spectacle. Come On England! 🏴 #CWC19Final
— Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) July 14, 2019
What a way to spend a Sunday @Eoin16 ... leading England out in a #WorldCupFinal ... 4 yrs of hard work allows you to get out at #Lords and enjoy the day ... Good luck both teams but absolutely no impartiality today ... COME ON ENGLAND 🏴 #CWC19
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 14, 2019
It's game day. @englandcricket you've come a hell of a way since 2015, play with the same freedom and get it done. Inspire a new generation, become legends and get one more win. #CWC19Final #ENGvsNZ #CWC19 #NZvENG
— Dunc Appleby (@dunc_appleby) July 14, 2019
— Tauqeer ul islam (@tauqeerulislam) July 14, 2019
England is ready to make hisrtory...yesssss....#ENGvsNZ
— Tweeter Tourist (@UmairAk81100433) July 14, 2019
So today is the final of #CWC19 Both team played an amazing cricket .I wish both teams all the best. My vote is with england they deserve trophy 😍#CWC19Final #ENGvsNZ #EoinMorgan pic.twitter.com/ch9qT0h6GP
— Sana Malik (@SanaMal82820359) July 14, 2019
I would rather like England to win today, inventors of game hasn't won any world Cup so far, this english side looks formidable and they deserve to win as hosts. #ENGvsNZ # backtheblackcaps #KaneWilliamson
— Haveliwale (@Zafarul31610807) July 14, 2019
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