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'Stuff the Poms!' - All Blacks captain rallies New Zealand ahead of #CWC19Final

14 July 2019

Media captionJonathan Agnew takes over tube announcements for the Cricket World Cup final.

We are finally just one game away from knowing who are the new World Champions of cricket, as England and New Zealand are all set to face off against each other in the all-important final of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

One of the key players plotting England's downfall in the final - taking place at Lord's in London - went to St Joseph's College. "Wish you all the best on behalf of the All Blacks".

"We were in a different part of the world on a different surface against a different opposition, and both sides are very different from four years ago, so it's kind of hard to compare those times", he told reporters on Saturday. World Cup finals tend to be low-scoring matches and this is likely to be no exception, if previous matches at Lord's are anything to go by. "I think it's important to recognise the work that has been done and the foundations that have been laid".

"Coming into this tournament from the start, they were favourites and they've been playing really good cricket", added Williamson, whose side suffered a 119-run thrashing by the hosts in pool play.

New Zealand Playing XI: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, James Neesham, Tom Latham (w), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson.

"We are quite keen on winning as well", he said with a deadpan expression. "There's all different bits of pressure on anybody, whether you are favourites or not".

"But at the same time, as we know in this game nothing promises, so it does come down to putting a performance on the board that gives us the best opportunity to win". "But as a group, for us it is important that we are level and keep peeling it back to what is important".

'Stuff the Poms!' - All Blacks captain rallies New Zealand ahead of #CWC19Final