Top 10 Highest Knocks In Cricket World Cup Final History

You can watch Sussex star Jofra Archer in World Cup final on Channel 4 after deal with Sky

You can watch Sussex star Jofra Archer in World Cup final on Channel 4 after deal with Sky

"I think Sunday's not a day to shy away from, it's a day to look forward to", he said.

"Like I said yesterday, he's such a dynamic player, he brings three skill-sets to the table that are really hard to ignore at times as a player". Incidentally, it has been exactly that many years since England last beat Australia in a World Cup game!

England were the favourites in the beginning of the tournament, but after a defeat against Pakistan in one of their earlier group matches, which was brushed aside as an anomaly, the real headache began for the team when they lost consecutive matches against Sri Lanka and Australia.

"All in all", Australia captain Aaron Finch said, "we were totally outplayed".

All the officials appointed for the final were also in charge of the second semifinal between England and Australia, which the hosts won by eight wickets on Thursday.

Archer struck with his first delivery to dismiss Finch and later left Alex Carey with a bloodied chin which needed stitches.

Chris Woakes had 3-20 in eight overs, just about eclipsing the figures of fellow strike-bowler Archer, 2-32 off 10 overs.

"It is about enjoying the experience and relaxing, it is Lord's, the home of cricket and you may never play a game as big as this in the rest of your career so it is about concentrating but at the same time relaxing and focusing on your skills".

"They played pretty much the ideal 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". But the jeers turned to cheers as Roy hit three huge straight sixes in as many balls to reach fourth consecutive 50 in the tournament.

Then came that solitary over from Smith, which Roy treated with disdain.

This is not the first time that an airplane flew overtop of the stadium in the World Cup, preached a political message.

It was an angry Roy who departed short of his century, given out caught behind down the legside off Pat Cummins when replays showed he didn't touch the ball. Leg-spinner Adil Rashid (three for 54) then took crucial wickets in the middle overs to help England regain their grip on the game, which the pacers retained at the death.

But the problem was England had already used their review with an unsuccessful attempt to another opener Jonny Bairstow's lbw dismissal for 34. Fireworks exploded over the ground.

Matt Henry destroyed India's illustrious top order in a ferocious opening spell of fast bowling on Wednesday and a repeat performance would set New Zealand on the way to their first World Cup triumph.

Only New Zealand stands in the way of England completing the turnaround from ODI no-hopers to world champions on Sunday.