New Zealand vs England

New Zealand’s Jimmy Neesham

New Zealand’s Jimmy Neesham

"It's a great experience coming back here", the soft-spoken New Zealand coach said on Friday.

Jason Roy says England's stinging defeat by Australia in the World Cup group phase gave the hosts a "good kick" and helped them rediscover their mojo.

Stead, who played five Tests for New Zealand as a top-order batsman, said the two teams had a fifty-fifty chance in the final.

"It is an opportunity to win the World Cup, but also an opportunity to sell this great game that we love on a huge platform", said Morgan.

"Probably the best we've played was in the last game against a very strong Australia team".

That adaptability was illustrated by the way New Zealand played the semis against India, according to the coach. "But at the same time as we know in this game nothing promises, so it does come down to putting a performance on the board that gives us the best opportunity to win", he said.

"Working out that 240 is a good score is the strength of the guys have, especially the middle order".

Sports fans arriving by Tube for the final of the Cricket World Cup will find themselves greeted by BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew.

Both teams are unchanged from the semifinals. Players like Kane, Ross, Tom Latham... they have a lot of experience. "But since England and India were being looked upon as winners, maybe there is more pressure on England". For Stead, the ability of the team to win tight games have given him the most satisfaction. "Do the right things tomorrow from the start, and hopefully we'll get the benefits".

Off the field, former England director of cricket Andrew Strauss took steps to put greater emphasis on the one-day side with the stated aim of winning the World Cup, while on the field, Morgan has encouraged his team to play with freedom, with the outcome being some spectacular performances, particularly with the bat. That's all you can ask of everyone. "(Smiling) Underdogs? Look, we are really looking forward to the occasion and, like I say, the end point and the result, there's a lot of time between now and that point", said Williamson in a more serious tone. You've played the way you said you would, you've done the things you've said you would down in Glamorgan, now you have to go and finish it off'.