How it feels to play for England in a Cricket World Cup final

England players shed a few tears and cursed their luck the last time they reached a World Cup final

By Derek Pringle for The Nightwatchman

It is 27 years since England last contested a Cricket World Cup final. I know; I was there. Melbourne was the city, MCG the stadium and Pakistan the other team. They consigned us – or at least some of the team, such as captain Graham Gooch – to a third runners-up place in World Cups in 13 years.

They say it is the injustices that stay with you and to a certain degree they are right. In that final Pakistan made 249 batting first but it might have been a lot fewer had Javed Miandad been given out lbw, not once but twice, before he had reached double figures (he went on to make 58). On both occasions I was the bowler. That World Cup saw a different new, white Kookaburra ball used at each end and not only that: a Kookaburra ball that swung, at least for conventional swingers like me.

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