England clinched their maiden World Cup title beating New Zealand in the Super Over boundary count on July 14 (Sunday) at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. While everybody is busy celebrating the victory, former English batsman Kevin Pietersen has urged everyone to remember the persons who have paved the way for this success.
Strauss-Morgan had huge influence: Pietersen
Batting first, New Zealand posted a challenging total of 240 runs on a double-paced Lord’s wicket. Henry Nicholls played a good hand with supports from Kane Williamson and Jimmy Neesham after an outstanding effort from the English bowlers. Chasing 241 runs, England banked on an excellent partnership between Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler to stage the win. But New Zealand bounced back with a few wickets and luck going by the host, England managed to secure a tie taking the game to the Super Over.
Much to the surprise of the fans, the Super Over also ended in a tie. England managed to post 15 runs with Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler once again doing the job with the bat for the side. Jofra Archer, who played his first World Cup, was handed the ball to defend the target who made a nervous start with a wide. Jimmy Neesham continued his excellent form to take the game deep, but a brilliant work from Jos Buttler in the last ball of the Super Ove helped England secure a tie, but England became the champions on the boundary count.
As the players and fans were on cloud nine after the victory, Kevin Pietersen has reminded everyone that former director of cricket Andrew Strauss and skipper Eoin Morgan played a huge role in this win. Pietersen also added that they paved the way for this aggressive brand of cricket since their exit from the group stages of the ICC World Cup 2015.
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“Final World Cup tweet. Please remember that Strauss had a huge influence over this teams win yesterday. Him and Eoin paved the way to play this aggressive brand and also back the players in failure. They talked the talk & walked the walk! Glory be to cricket in the UK!” Pietersen tweeted.
Final World Cup tweet.
Please remember that Strauss had a huge influence over this teams win yesterday. Him and Eoin paved the way to play this aggressive brand and also back the players in failure.
They talked the talk & walked the walk!
Glory be to cricket in the UK! 🏴🏆
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) July 15, 2019