Boundary rule furore overshadows England’s World Cup win

Wednesday, 17 Jul, 2019

Pakistan's Babar Azam is placed on the third position in the list with 827 points.

The Black Caps captain said the final at Lord's "feels like an average dream" after the title was decided on a technicality, with a late umpiring error costing New Zealand dearly.

Stokes and Buttler (59 off 60) shared a 110-run stand for the fifth wicket during England's innings but after Buttler fell and Chris Woakes (2), Archer (0) and Liam Plunkett (10) came and went, and Boult's first two balls of the 50th over were dots, New Zealand seemed on the verge of victory.

"Well, you can look at so many moments during the day".

Williamson told Radio Sport Breakfast: "It's a shame that a World Cup final was decided like it was after two teams went at it for such a long period of time and long campaign".

Numerous young children at the Oval were wearing the kit of the All Stars junior programme run by the England and Wales Cricket Board and others were dressed in their school uniforms.

Cricket fans around the world are still recovering from the effects of Sunday's match, with several visibly upset over the International Cricket Council's (ICC) rules awarding a victory to England.

Stead shrugged off suggestions England had been mistakenly handed an extra run after a throw from a fielder hit the bat of a diving Ben Stokes' and deflected to the boundary in the final over of regular play.

"You don't need to smash your equipment, yell at the umpire, or swear at and threaten rival batsmen, even with the stress of a World Cup on your mind; this news will be foreign territory to some".

Neither captain knew about this rule going into the match, but just before New Zealand's Super Over began it was announced that if they scored 15 runs to tie with England, they would lose the World Cup because they had scored less boundaries in their 50 overs. "It should have been five runs not six", he said. The difficulty you (umpires) have here is you've got to watch batsmen completing runs, then change focus and watch for the ball being picked up, and watch for the release (of the throw).

The trip to Downing Street came with the players still processing their achievement, having brought home the trophy for the first time in a nail-biting conclusion to a hard-fought contest.

The final kept many of New Zealand's cricket greats on the edge of their seats too. Probably the best game of all time'. But the final has been deemed as the greatest World Cup final of all-time challenging even the 1999 semi-final between Australia and South Africa.

The ICC said they would not be drawn into the issue.

Former Australian all-rounder Dean Jones congratulated England but said New Zealand were "unlucky". "So it is up to someone else, I don't know".

"I was a little bit anxious about my dodgy ticker at one stage - but mate - it just had every twist and turn imaginable".