New Zealand vs England, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan and Co have covered all bases to lift first title, says former player Phil Tufnell

Phil Tufnell, who was part of the England side that lost the 1992 World Cup final, has backed Eoin Morgan's current squad to go one step further and lift the trophy.

Press Trust of India, Jul 13, 2019 23:21:25 IST

London: Phil Tufnell, who was part of the England side that lost the 1992 World Cup final, has backed Eoin Morgan's current squad to go one step further and lift the trophy on Sunday.

The former spinner-turned-expert has had the best seat in the house for much of England's historic run to the final on home soil this summer.

New Zealand vs England, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan and Co have covered all bases to lift first title, says former player Phil Tufnell

Former England player Phil Tuffnel has backed England to win the final and lift the World Cup. AP/Rui Vieira

And after Jason Roy and Chris Woakes inspired an eight-wicket walloping of Australia in the semi-finals, Tufnell can't see how New Zealand are going to be able to stop this England team.

"We just seem to have all bases covered," said Tufnell at the ICC World Cup Fanzone at Trafalgar Square on the eve of the final.

"The pace of Archer and Wood, the consistency of Woakes and Plunkett and that little bit of mystery from Rashid.

"Then in the batting line-up we have those two guys at the top who have been outstanding, the glue of Root, the big hitters of Morgan, Stokes and Buttler, I really can't see a weakness in this team.

"I just think that while New Zealand have three or four world-class performers, England have got seven or eight," the ICC quoted Tufnell as saying.

Tufnell's class of 1992 were downed in surprising fashion by Pakistan in the final at the MCG 27 years ago.

And while Tufnell was not part of the eleven that took to the field that day, he knows just how important it is for England to make the most of home comforts if they are to down the Black Caps.

"You are in a bubble in a World Cup. A lot of things can happen, injuries, losses of form, it really is a squad effort. You are all in it together. But the guys know who is playing, it is just a question of taking your mind off things, go and see your friends and family, go to the cinema, try and do something normal," he said.

"Because tomorrow is going to be anything but normal! A World Cup in anything is the pinnacle, it is what you play for.

"The guys deserve a huge pat on the back for getting to the final, but to then go that extra mile and get over the line and win it will be huge for the country," he added.

Tufnell said the tournament has already enthused a nation and everywhere in the country and everyone would stop him in the street to ask 'are England going to win it?'

"This is the first time I've seen cricket and I'm loving it!" he said.

Adil Rashid is likely to be England's sole specialist spinner in the playing eleven on Sunday. The Yorkshire leg-spinner has taken 11 wickets in this tournament but has struggled with a shoulder problem.

However, against Australia, he appeared to be back to his best.

"It hasn't been a spinners' World Cup. It has been all about the quick boys, Mitchell Starc, Lockie Ferguson, Jofra Archer, these guys have done the damage," added Tufnell.

"I was delighted to see Adil get three wickets against Australia, his confidence is on the up now. It just seems that all the little cogs are clicking into place and tomorrow is the day when they have got to go and deliver it," he said.

"Lord's is alright for spin bowlers, Adil can play with the slope and he has done well there before.

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Updated Date: Jul 13, 2019 23:21:25 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254