England On Verge Of World Cup Greatness, Says Steve Waugh

Written by Vipin Darwade

Legendary Steve Waugh says England could go down as one of the greatest teams in one-day cricket history if they beat New Zealand to clinch their first World Cup on Sunday. Eoin Morgan’s side are firm favourites to win the Lord’s showpiece after thumping Australia by eight wickets in Birmingham on Thursday to reach their first final in 27 years.

“It’s one of the best one-day teams I’ve seen and would compete against anyone from previous eras but ultimately they will be judged on Sunday,” said Waugh, who won two World Cups for Australia.

“If they win that they may go down as one of the great one-day sides. If they lose then I guess they’re just back to being one of the other teams that didn’t quite make it. They have the potential to be a great one-day team.”

Victory for the top-ranked ODI side would mark the end of a remarkable journey from the pain of an early exit at the 2015 World Cup to the ultimate prize in the game.

“They play without fear. I think that’s very hard to do in professional sport and there’s no weakness in the side,” he said.

“They are a very good fielding side, they bat all the way down, numerous bowling options It’s a pretty complete side.”

“Jason Roy is the form player of the tournament right now and looks in incredible form,” he added.

“I think Archer has given England that X factor so those two guys are form payers but I wouldn’t be surprised if Ben Stokes steps up to the plate in the final and produces something special.”


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