England, New Zealand PMs praise teams’ World Cup performance

Shaheen Afridi

Shaheen Afridi

The players and coaching staff.

Asked during a media interaction at the team hotel whether he would have preferred New Zealand being declared joint winners, Stead was open to the suggestion.

Real champions show their true character not just in victory but also in defeat, and I am sure everyone here agrees that their response on the field yesterday shows what Black Caps are made of, what New Zealanders are made of.

They are a credit to their team, a credit to their sport and a credit to their nation.

Then of course, there is England.

"It's a very, very hollow feeling that you can play 100 overs and score the same amount of runs and still lose the game, but that's the technicalities of sport", Stead told reporters in remarks released by New Zealand Cricket on Tuesday.

He said: "We just wanted to enjoy the moment... it was so much hard work and you go through so much as a group, you've got to make sure you enjoy the experience".

He said such a thrilling match, which has been hailed by many experts as the greatest one-day game in history, deserved a better way to determine the result.

"You have helped the nation fall in love with cricket once again", she said. "You have inspired countless future Morgans, Rashids and Archers".

Wood suffered the injury in his 10th and final over of the dramatic double-tie versus New Zealand, and could be seen grimacing upon its completion.

Has the World Cup put England on an unstoppable roll or will Australia, their ranks restored to full strength, defend the Ashes they won with nearly scornful ease in 2017-18?

"Hopefully, given the interest surrounding this, we can organise something appropriate in the weeks to come".

Thank you all once again.

England's goals at the start of the four-year cycle that ends in September were to win the World Cup on home soil and to continue the rebuilding of the Test side while remaining competitive in the senior format.

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