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Category: Cricket World Cup 2019

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Commentator Ian Smith: ‘That final at Lord’s will never leave me’

New Zealander delivered the right words even as his compatriots lost to England in the Cricket World Cup finalNearly four months have passed since England and New Zealand served up that World Cup final but for Ian Smith, the Kiwi commentator who called…

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Even in defeat, English sport still gives us much to cheer | Emma John

A new emphasis on team spirit rather than great individuals is paying dividendsEngland rugby fans know what to expect. Yesterday’s result in Yokohama is going to hurt for a while yet, much like the bruises that the South African forwards left all over …

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Eoin Morgan backs England’s rugby union side to seal World Cup double

• World Cup-winning captain says team must stick to game plan• Jamie George has had input from Morgan and Sam BillingsEoin Morgan, a World Cup-winning captain this year, has urged England’s rugby team to stick to the methods that have served them so we…

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Eoin Morgan’s World Cup parade is a reminder of cricket’s kinship | Simon Burnton

When greats go back to their clubs to mingle with the merely good it shows cricket is an unusually democratic sportIt was a big year, 2009, in the career of Eoin Morgan. In May, he scored a brilliant 161 off 136 balls for Middlesex against Kent to conf…

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Sacrificing Ashes for a World Cup win appears worthwhile for England | Vic Marks

It was not a perfect summer and the Test side requires work but Trevor Bayliss delivered the prize England coveted the mostAfter it was all over there were smiles rather than jubilation at the Oval and a few sighs of relief – from both sides. Australia…

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Champagne moments have popped up everywhere in an intoxicating summer | Emma John

A scrapbook of cricket memories would include the miracle of Headingley and much, much moreThere has been some suggestion, when analysing the individual performances at the Oval Test, that certain players are looking tired from their long summer of int…

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New Zealand’s Jimmy Neesham: ‘The cards didn’t fall our way that day’

The Black Caps’ tragic hero puts World Cup final misery behind him as he heads to play T20 in CanadaJimmy Neesham arrived in Toronto on Monday from the UK and is set to play in the Global T20 Canada getting under way just outside the city. The New Zeal…

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England’s World Cup win is the pinnacle, despite conflict with politics | Max Rushden

Jacob Rees-Mogg’s tweet was frustrating because we want sport to be pure, as it was at Lord’s in a game the Kiwis didn’t deserve to lose“I’m not sure anyone at the moment has a steady heart … Seven weeks of cricket, 48 games, one ball. Here’s Boult, th…

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Real fans should have been at the Cricket World Cup final – not freeloaders | Adrian Chiles

Long-suffering cricket fanatics would have given their right stumps for a ticket – but instead Lord’s was full of corporate clients on a jollyOn Sunday I received texts from various friends who were at Lord’s for the Cricket World Cup final. One thing …

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Eoin Morgan has earned right to decide his future, says Chris Woakes

• England’s winning captain would be 36 at next World Cup• Suggestions he may hand over to his deputy Jos ButtlerChris Woakes says England’s players will back whatever decision Eoin Morgan makes over his future as the one-day captain after he led the t…

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England’s World Cup win must launch something bigger, says Andrew Strauss

• Former director of cricket wants ECB to capitalise on euphoria• Strauss says success of 2005 Ashes was not built onAndrew Strauss, England’s former director of cricket, has urged the game’s power brokers to learn from the mistakes of the past and cap…

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Cricket World Cup: fans of all 10 teams review the tournament

Readers from around the world reflect on seven weeks of cricket and one astounding finalEngland’s run to the semi-finals, and indeed final, could not have been more quintessentially English. The team came into the tournament on a great run and hope was…

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Cricket World Cup: fans of all 10 teams review the tournament

Readers from around the world reflect on seven weeks of cricket and one astounding finalEngland’s run to the semi-finals, and indeed final, could not have been more quintessentially English. The team came into the tournament on a great run and hope was…

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New Zealand coach: ICC should consider trophy share in future after final drama

• Black Caps coach declines to blame umpiring error for loss• Stead says losing in such a manner a ‘very hollow feeling’The New Zealand coach, Gary Stead, has shrugged off the debate over whether an umpiring error denied the Black Caps World Cup final …

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The Spin | Cricket World Cup special: highs, lows and an otherworldly final

We celebrate the moments that made the 2019 tournament, from Cottrell’s salute to New Zealand’s fielding and that drama Related: Cricket World Cup 2019: Guardian writers pick their highs and lows Continue reading…

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Benefits of victory will disappear once England go back behind paywall | Matthew Engel

Clashes with other events and changes in domestic structure mean cricket’s attempts to reclaim its territory will be resistedAn hour after the midsummer madness finished at Lord’s on Sunday night the phone rang. One of our relatives in Yorkshire had so…

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The colour and drama of the Cricket World Cup – photo essay

Guardian and Observer photographer Tom Jenkins spent seven weeks working on the Cricket World Cup from the first game between South Africa and England at the Oval to the dramatic finale at Lord’s. His images here focus on the friendly and colourful tou…

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Hunt for cricketing legacy continues in wake of World Cup final triumph

England won the trophy but still lost out in the TV ratings to the Wimbledon final and the main test is whether participation numbers rise in the wake of their World Cup victoryAt the height of the celebrations the Oval resembled a playground at the en…

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Ben Stokes writes his redemption story with World Cup tour de force

The all-rounder’s remarkable performances during the tournament, capped by a bravura display in the final, suggest Stokes 3.0 could be the best iteration of allBen Stokes: remember the name. This World Cup was always billed as a moment to refresh and s…

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Bayliss backs Morgan to remain England captain after World Cup triumph

• Head coach trusts captain for T20 World Cup next year• ‘The rest of the boys try and run through a brick wall for him’Eoin Morgan has been backed to remain as England captain for the foreseeable future after masterminding the World Cup victory that h…