New Zealand will relish underdog tag vs England in World Cup final, says Steve Waugh | Cricket News

“That is the way they (New Zealand) play their best cricket – underdogs and expecting people to underestimate them.”

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Steve Waugh has warned England to not underestimate New Zealand on Sunday, who will relish being underdogs within the World Cup closing at Lord’s.

Hosts England noticed off Australia in emphatic style on Thursday to achieve their first World Cup closing since 1992.

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.

Requested if England might win in the event that they underestimate the problem earlier than them, the previous World Cup-winning captain replied: “Undoubtedly not.

“New Zealand will need England to do this, that’s the approach they play their finest cricket – underdogs and anticipating folks to underestimate them.

“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.”

England‘s win over New Zealand adopted victory over India because the hosts received their closing two pool video games to safe qualification for the semi-finals.

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.

Australia beat England of their pool match and fairly comprehensively so, it would not actually matter.

“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.”

Watch the World Cup closing between New Zealand and England dwell on Sky Sports activities Cricket World Cup and Major Occasion from 9am on Sunday.


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