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2019 World Cup Final: Why England will start as favourites against New Zealand

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424   //    12 Jul 2019, 19:20 IST

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Australia v England - ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Semi-Final
Australia v England - ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Semi-Final

Most teams would envy the current England batting line up, as it possesses power, class and depth right through the batting order. If Roy and Bairstow do not hit you, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan will. If they also fail, the likes of Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler can destroy the opposition bowling attack.

It was widely anticipated that this could be Jos Buttler’s World Cup but the fact that the wicket-keeper batsman has had a quiet tournament despite England reaching the final talks about the strength of Eoin Morgan’s side.

Ben Stokes has had a good tournament with the bat in the middle order, especially on the consistent front and that gives license to the England openers to go hammer and tongs right from the get-go.

Against a batting unit that is brimming with confidence and full of match-winners, it would be a herculean task for the Kiwi bowlers to keep the lid on the scoring.