Trent Boult craves revenge and hopes for Australia in World Cup final

Ross Houston
July 11, 2019

There they will meet either defending champions Australia or hosts England to decide the 2019 World Cup champion.

With the memory still fresh in mind, Boult said, "Australia pumped us in 2015 final so it will be nice to get out for a game".

"There was a point against New Zealand when we got held back in the middle overs and we thought we could have made 370".

Answers to these and more as our cricket expert Ashutosh Paibhale a.k.a. Mr. PredictKar talks about the 2nd World Cup final.

Virat Kohli reflected on three quarters of an hour of mayhem that ultimately led to India's dramatic exit at the semi-final stage for a second time in four years.

India lurched to 24 for four after 10 overs in response, Matt Henry and Boult starring in a devastating display of new-ball bowling.

For New Zealand either opponent is an intriguing prospect. "We have been playing with that knockout intensity for a period now".

They have risen to the top of the one-day worldwide rankings since a woeful first-round exit at the 2015 edition. Both the teams would take the field with a positive mindset after registering successive wins on their way to the semifinal of the ongoing showpiece event. Obviously, it feels bad.

"They have got a lot of success in the bank". It breaks our heart because you work so hard to build momentum, finish number one in the table, then a spell of bad cricket and you're out of the tournament, but you have to accept it. Whoever plays the best cricket will go through.

"But you have to accept it".

"But we turn up on the day and anybody can beat anybody".

"And I know there will be some English people who will laugh about that but its actually true".

"I'm sure the boys are disappointed with the chase", Boult said at the time. "You never know when that is going to be implemented". "Those two are so important at the top of the order, they provide so much confidence for the rest of the team", he added.

When it was suggested that New Zealand had plunged billions of India fans into a state of mourning, the understated skipper, who has captained the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League, replied: "I hope they're not too angry".

Australia, by contrast, have not won at the Birmingham ground in 26 years and did not play a game there during the group stages.

"Hopefully we can adopt 1.5 billion supporters and they'll be supporting us".

But he went on to make 77 and share a World Cup record seventh-wicket partnership of 116 with veteran wicketkeeper MS Dhoni, who made 50 in support.

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