New Zealand vs England, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Hosts have too much class to not win final, says Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting lauded New Zealand for making two consecutive World Cup final but said England boast of 'too much class' for the Black Caps.

Press Trust of India, Jul 13, 2019 23:10:51 IST

Melbourne: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has put his money on England to lift their maiden World Cup crown on Sunday, saying New Zealand would find it "exceptionally hard" to beat the hosts in the summit clash.

England outplayed five-time champions Australia by eight wickets in the second semifinal in Birmingham on Thursday, and Ponting said his pre-tournament prediction about the home team is coming right.

New Zealand vs England, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Hosts have too much class to not win final, says Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting said England are clear favourites against New Zealand in the final. Reuters

"I think England will win," the three-time World Cup-winner was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

"I said before the tournament started that I thought they'd be exceptionally hard to beat.

"I had them as the favourites coming in, nothing changes now. New Zealand have done amazingly well to get into the final and well done to them," he added.

Ponting lauded New Zealand for making two consecutive World Cup final but said England boast of "too much class" for the Black Caps.

"Two consecutive World Cup finals is an awesome achievement for that group and they'll (New Zealand) have some experiences to take out of that last final, whereas none of the England players have played in a final before," he said.

"That being said, I think there's just a bit too much class in this England side for them not to win."

Ponting, assistant to coach Justin Langer in Australia's World Cup campaign, feels the five-time champions played their worst cricket the semifinal against England.

"Unusually for Australian teams in World Cups, we played our worst cricket in the most critical moments," he said.

"I said right at the start of the tournament you have to play your best cricket at the back end and you have to stand up in the big moments.

"We won all the big moments in the first half of the tournament and we've lost most of the big moments in the last couple of games," Ponting said.

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Updated Date: Jul 13, 2019 23:10:51 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