Eoin Morgan admits England’s World Cup final victory over New Zealand on Sunday is still hard to process.
Chasing 242 to win, Ben Stokes clawed England back into the game with an unbeaten 84 as he put on 110 with Jos Buttler (59) after England fell to 86-4.
A super over was required to decide a winner after the match ended in a tie, with Stokes and Buttler hitting an impressive 15 from the bowling of Trent Boult.
The Black Caps also struck 15 from their final over but England were crowned world champions as they hit the most boundaries throughout the final.
“Full credit to Kane [Williamson] and his team, the way they play their cricket is hugely admirable. They really do set the standard for the spirit of the game and the fight that they show.
“There was very little between the teams today, we were very fortunate to get over the line and I’m very fortunate to be holding this [trophy] – and extremely proud.”
He added: “This has been a four-year journey, we’ve developed a lot over the course of those four years, particularly in the last two. We find it hard to play on wickets like that, like good teams do around the world but today it was about getting over the line.
“Sport is tough at times but to get over the line today means the world to us.”
Mixing politics with sport rarely ends well.
James Anderson will play for Lancs second XI as his rehabilitation steps up.
Smith underwent a “precautionary scan” of his neck that thankfully had not revealed any structural damage.
“I think it was important that we bounced back strongly after Edgbaston and I think we’ve certainly done that.”
Jofra Archer has changed the mood if not the scoreline.
Steve Smith out, Marnus Labuschagne in.
Woakes enjoyed Archer v Smith just as much as the rest of us.
The marquee might read England v Australia, but we all know it’s Steve Smith v Jofra Archer
Thankfully, Smith appears to have suffered no lasting damage.
Olly Stone has been ruled out of the rest of the season with a partial lower back stress fracture.