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


The victor of today's game will face New Zealand in Sunday's final at Lord's after the Black Cups beat India by 18 runs on Wednesday.

"England should be happy they are playing at Edgbaston and not Lord's", said Nasser before adding, "England has played two good games and in conditions that you will get in Edgbaston, Australia's swing bowlers will be less effective than they would have been at Lord's".

Australia skipper Aaron Finch on his country's World Cup record: "I think World Cups are very special, they bring out the best in the best players, so I think that's why Australia have had a very rich history in World Cups".

"But generally we will go about things in our own way and just get ourselves ready as best we can".

"We're just more excited about being on the stage; Lord's, Cricket World Cup final, it doesn't get bigger than that in my opinion".

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.

Falling for 221, it left England needing to win their final two games of the group stages to qualify.

The rivals will go head to head at Edgbaston on Thursday, fighting for the right to take on a New Zealand side who shocked India to seal their place in the Lord's showpiece.

While still a ratings juggernaut, and crucial for cricketing broadcasters, one-day worldwide cricket has slipped in the eyes of many in world cricket since the emergence - and then explosion - of Twenty20 cricket.

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In Kane Williamson, New Zealand has one of the great batsmen of this or any era.

India were in dire straits in their chase when all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja came in at 92 for six. Obviously, it feels bad. "He's a good bowler but they have quite a few fine bowlers". 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.

"But you have to accept it".

Black Caps fans would rather face England in the World Cup final according to a Herald poll.

He said: "Who knows in future? I don't think I'll play another World Cup, so individually I think it is the biggest game of my career".

With Jadeja back in the pavilion, India's hopes rested entirely on Dhoni, whose shoulders had just started to loosen.

"I'm very disappointed", he said. We have played each other a lot over the last couple of years, so it will be whoever holds their nerves, whoever takes the half chances, whoever starts off the game really well in the first ten overs, whether it is with bat or ball.

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

"It was mayhem out there, a little bit, with the new ball".