ENGLAND’S Barmy Army are out in force at Lord’s today as the world cup final clash against New Zealand gets underway.
The Kiwis won the toss and are first to bat after drizzle delayed the much-awaited start by 15 minutes.
This is England’s first final in 27 years – and Eoin Morgan’s sparkling side will be hoping to make history on home turf.
New Zealand fielded the same team who beat India in the first semi-final in Manchester.
England are playing their fourth World Cup final, against last edition’s runners-up New Zealand.
Home captain Eoin Morgan said he was not too disappointed having lost the toss.
“Not at all bothered by losing the toss. It was a bit of a 50-50 call and with the overhead conditions I might have leaned towards bowling first. Whichever team plays well will lift the trophy,” he said.
England also retained the same XI who had thumped Australia in the second semi-final with opener Jonny Bairstow overcoming a thigh niggle.
“Jonny is fully fit, which is great news for us,” Morgan said.
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“I’m extremely proud and everyone in the change room is. We want to win and throughout the tournament we have played tough games and the semi-final epitomised that.”
The pitch sported a hint of green which, both captains agreed on Saturday, would please the seam bowlers.
New Zealand defended a low total against India in the first semi-final while England proved they were fine either way completing an easy chase against Australia in the other.
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