“That is the way they (New Zealand) play their best cricket – underdogs and expecting people to underestimate them.”
They meet New Zealand, one other nation but to raise the trophy, on Sunday and go into the conflict as heavy favourites.
Eoin Morgan’s aspect thrashed their closing opponents by 119 runs of their pool-stage match at Chester-le-Avenue however Waugh – who captained Australia to success within the 1999 closing at Lord’s – believes it is going to be totally different when the edges meet for a second time with the trophy at stake.
“However they have a high quality assault New Zealand and so they can knock you over, they have all-round bowlers and are an excellent fielding aspect, that’s the power of New Zealand, they do not miss a lot within the discipline.
“So if England slip up and provides them alternatives they’ll take them, so England must deliver their A-game to win this World Cup closing, they can not cruise alongside and count on to win it – they have to play good cricket.”
However they saved their finest for Edgbaston, dismantling Australia to win by eight wickets with Waugh – who additionally received the World Cup in 1987 with victory over England – sure England can take extra from that win than the sooner success over New Zealand.
“Nicely in fact,” he replied when requested if England can be buoyed by their spectacular win on Thursday.
“They performed just about the proper sport of one-day cricket in an enormous event, a semi-final in opposition to Australia when there was numerous strain so that may give them numerous confidence going into Sunday little doubt.
“It’s a one-off sport, a World Cup closing, neither aspect have received the competitors earlier than so there’s a little further incentive for each nations.
“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.”