Ravi Shastri lauds Kane Williamson's composure after World Cup defeat; see tweet

World Cup New Zealand

World Cup New Zealand

Newly-crowned world champions England are the most represented with four selections in the XI while runners-up the Black Caps have two in the team, named by a panel selected by the ICC to honour players who performed well in the tournament.

On Thursday morning, members of the squad like Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Tim Southee, Colin de Grandhomme, Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner returned home via Dubai, two months after leaving for the quadrennial event.

Williamson has been measured in his response to the weird events of the final - which included England being awarded six runs after an overthrow when under the law it should have been five and the rule that saw boundaries rather than wickets lost as the criteria for who won the Super Over.

"Of course I'm reliving the last over in my mind a lot".

"It's one of those hard ones I guess, no doubt", Santner told 1 NEWS.

"It was an incredible stage to be on".

"It could've been us, but unfortunately it wasn't".

Former umpire Simon Taufel suggested England should have only been awarded five runs as the batsmen had not crossed when the fielder released his throw to the wicket keeper before the fateful moment that will enter Ben Stokes long into cricketing lore. "Insane game to be a part of", Boult added.

"...it's not gonna be something that disappears in the next couple of days".

ICC's rule of deciding the victor based boundary count - the team which hits the most number of fours and sixes including the Super Over - was widely criticized but majority of the New Zealand cricketers chose to remain silent.

"Obviously we're all hurting", he added.

However, what grabbed everyone's attention was New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson's calm and composed look despite the loss.

"That was undeniably an incredible game".

"But when you think about what we achieved as a group and the way we carried ourselves as New Zealanders as well is something to be proud of". Congratulations to England. And to the Black Caps, I feel nothing but pride.