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Morgan urges England 'not to shy away' from the pressure of World Cup final
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Morgan urges England 'not to shy away' from the pressure of World Cup final

Eoin Morgan has urged his side ‘not to shy away’ from the pressure of World Cup final after they outplayed Australia in the semi-final at Edgbaston on Thursday.

Morgan's side will lock horns with New Zealand at Lord's on Sunday, with both sides looking to lift the trophy for the first time.

"I think Sunday's not a day to shy away from, it's a day to look forward to, much like today," England captain Morgan said.

"We have created the opportunity to play in a World Cup final. It will be a matter of the same again, trying to produce everything that we can performance-wise."

'Taking nothing for granted against New Zealand'

Morgan said he was taking nothing for granted against New Zealand which is their second successive appearance in World Cup final.

"They bowled extremely well and took their opportunities. They will be a difficult side to beat on Sunday, so we are looking forward to it," he said.

England have assured the match will be screened on free-to-air television in Britain which will help promote the sport among the youth of the country.

"That's very cool," said Morgan. "Particularly given the 2005 Ashes for me was sort of the day cricket became cool. It's really good for the game and it's the game I love."

England have made huge strides in ODI cricket and propelled to the top of rankings since a woeful first-round exit in 2015 and the victory against Australia was their first win in a knockout match at the tournament since 1992.

Morgan, asked about the scepticism surrounding England's knockout prospects, replied: "I think we're quite cynical people, who never quite give people credit when it's due.

"We grow up around it. It is the way we are and we sometimes enjoy it too much.

"I think we have learnt to enjoy ourselves, particularly days like this, even if they don't go well.

"If you had offered us the position to play in a final the day after we were knocked out of 2015 World Cup, I would have laughed at you."

‘Bowlers set up the foundation’

England were dominant right from the start of the contest at Edgbaston against Australia, who had never been handed a loss in their seven semi-finals.

Morgan said it was no doubt that pace bowlers Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer, did the job at the start with leg-spinner Adil Rashid doing the damage later on set up the foundation for a solid win.

"We had a bit of a day out which, it's cool when it happens like that. Particularly when the bowlers bowl like that, it is awesome," he said.

Woakes' first ball of the match was driven for four by David Warner but the seamer got the better of the left-hander with a sharp rising delivery.

"Semi-finals are usually nervy and often tight so to win the way we did was incredible," said Woakes.

"Obviously my first ball I'd like to have back. But other than that I hit my straps well.

"To bowl them out for the total that we did was incredible."