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Cricket World Cup Final, ENG Vs NZ SWOT Analysis: England Favourites, But Kiwis Can Clip Their Wings

On the eve of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final, we take a look at strength and weakness of both England and New Zealand as the world waits with bated breath to usher in a first-time winner

Cricket World Cup Final, ENG Vs NZ SWOT Analysis: England Favourites, But Kiwis Can Clip Their Wings
England batsman Joe Root walks to bat in the nets during a training session ahead of their ICC Cricket World Cup final against New Zealand at Lord's in London, on July 13, 2019.
Cricket World Cup Final, ENG Vs NZ SWOT Analysis: England Favourites, But Kiwis Can Clip Their Wings
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2019-07-13T21:56:53+0530

Playing in front of the home crowd and familiarity with the conditions make England the favourites to win the ICC Cricket World Cup for the first time when they take on New Zealand at Lord's, London on Sunday.

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However, the hosts cannot afford to be complacent, as the spirited Kiwis will go out all guns blazing to lay their hands on the coveted title for the first since the inception of the showpiece event in 1975.

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On the eve of the final, we take a look at both the teams as the world waits with bated breath to usher in a first-time winner.

New Zealand

Strength: The Kiwis will once again look up to their in-form skipper Kane Williamson to do the bulwark with the bat. With 548 runs in 8 innings, Williamson is the fifth highest run-getter in the ongoing World Cup and will surely look to build on his consistent form. New Zealand's biggest strength is their fiery pace bowling line-up led by Lockie Ferguson and Trent Boult, who have picked up 18 and 17 wickets, respectively, in the tournament so far.

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Weakness: New Zealand's batting is their weakness. Besides Williamson, none of the other batsmen have scored consistently. They also have a habit of choking under pressure. But the presence of experienced Ross Taylor is sure a good thing.

Opportunity: Riding on their pace bowling battery and Williamson's imperious batting repertoire, New Zealand can dream of winning their first World Cup provided the others join the party. And they certainly do have the team.

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Threat: Kiwis' ability to handle pressure at the biggest stage in world cricket will be tested. Also, the team lacks experience as it comprises many players who are playing in the World Cup for the first time.

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England

Strength: England's opening pair of Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy have wreaked havoc and they can take the game away from the opposition in a matter of 20 overs. England's bowling with the effervescent Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood also seem potent. Ben Stokes has been brilliant so far and the all-rounder will look to bring his best to the table in the crucial clash.

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Weakness: England have failed to gun down big totals and their defeats in the group stages are a testimony to that. They have shown signs of crumbling under pressure.

Opportunity: This is England's best chance to win the World Cup and that too, at home. They have a dream team and blossom in almost every department.

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Threat: The burden of expectations can lead to their downfall. Keeping a cool head and not getting carried away will be a challenge.

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