England take on New Zealand in the Cricket World Cup final at Lord’s on Sunday as both nations bid to land the title for the first time in their respective histories.
The host nation last reached the final 27 years ago, while the Black Caps were runners-up in the last edition of the tournament in their only other appearance in the final.
England are the heavy favourites after their eight-wicket thrashing of Australia in the semi-finals. If they can get anywhere near that level again then they should be too strong for New Zealand.
The hosts did suffer three defeats earlier in the tournament but destroyed New Zealand with a 119-run win in the last game of the group stage.
England have won four of the last five ODI meetings between the two sides and can claim a win when in matters most at Lord’s.
Chris Woakes has a not-too-shabby 13 wickets at the World Cup so far and can add to that tally against New Zealand in the final.
Woakes managed just one in the group stage meeting between the two teams as Mark Wood did most of the damage with 3-34, but the former raised his levels with a three-wicket haul against the Australians.
Kane Williamson‘s exploits with the bat have been key to New Zealand’s march to the final and he can lead their challenge again.
Williamson has 548 tournament runs so far – over 200 more than Ross Taylor who is the second highest scoring Kiwi at the World Cup – but he only managed 27 last time out against England. He will be keen to put that right with a big knock in north London.