England on verge of World Cup greatness, says Steve Waugh

Steve Waugh says England might go down as one of many biggest groups in one-day cricket historical past in the event that they beat New Zealand to clinch their first World Cup on Sunday.

Eoin Morgan’s facet are agency favourites to win the Lord’s showpiece after thumping Australia by eight wickets in Birmingham on Thursday to succeed in their first closing in 27 years.

“It’s among the best one-day groups I’ve seen and would compete towards anybody from earlier eras however finally they are going to be judged on Sunday,” mentioned Waugh, who gained two World Cups with Australia.

“In the event that they win that they could go down as one of many nice one-day sides. In the event that they lose then I assume they’re simply again to being one of many different groups that didn’t fairly make it. They’ve the potential to be an ideal one-day workforce.”

Victory for the top-ranked ODI facet would mark the top of a exceptional journey from the ache of an early exit on the 2015 World Cup to the last word prize within the sport.

Former Australia captain Waugh picked out Jason Roy and Jofra Archer as two of the important thing males for the host nation however mentioned that they had “11 potential match-winners”.

“They play with out concern. I feel that’s very onerous to do in skilled sport and there’s no weak point within the facet,” he mentioned.

“They’re an excellent fielding facet, they bat all the best way down, quite a few bowling choices It’s a fairly full facet.”

Waugh mentioned it was not simple to pick a key man for England.

– England X issue –

“Jason Roy is the shape participant of the match proper now and appears in unimaginable type,” he added.

“I feel Archer has given England that X issue so these two guys are type payers however I wouldn’t be shocked if Ben Stokes steps as much as the plate within the closing and produces one thing particular.”

Neither England nor New Zealand have ever gained the World Cup and Waugh mentioned it might be good for the sport to have a brand new identify on the trophy.

“I feel it might be actually vital for somebody like New Zealand,” he mentioned.

“It’s an ideal rugby nation, it’s most likely the best sporting workforce on this planet, the All Blacks. Cricket is at all times onerous for them to get a little bit of a foothold so to make the ultimate and doubtlessly win could be game-changing for New Zealand.

“England have been in three World Cup finals. The nation could be very obsessed with cricket. If both facet wins it’s going to be nice for his or her nation. I do know what it’s wish to win a World Cup. It’s thrilling and the individuals get behind it and really feel they’re part of it so it’s an ideal celebration.”

Waugh might be staying in England after the World Cup to mentor the Australia facet in the course of the Ashes and he mentioned he might supply expertise from the excessive factors and low factors of his profession as they search to win a Take a look at collection in England for the primary time since 2001.

Waugh, an Worldwide Cricket Council World Cup ambassador, was talking at an occasion in Trafalgar Sq., central London, to advertise the Criiio Cup.

The ICC occasion was aimed celebrating the variety of cricket and introduced collectively social groups from Brazil, Rwanda, Germany, England, Indonesia and India.

“The elemental goal of Criiio is that it’s a celebration of road cricket,” mentioned Waugh. “That’s how everybody begins taking part in cricket. That’s how I began taking part in my cricket again in Australia.”

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