Don’t think it’s fair to have a result like that – Morgan on World Cup final
Nearly a week after leading his side to their maiden World Cup title, England captain Eoin Morgan felt the result was not fair when there was so little to separate England and New Zealand in the final at Lord’s. England were declared winners on the basis of a boundary count, after the match and the Super Over ended in ties. Taking note of the controversial finish to the World Cup final, the ICC has asked its Cricket Committee to review the tie-breaker rule.
“I don’t think it’s fair to have a result like that when there’s very little between the sides,” Morgan told the Times. “I don’t think there was one moment that you could say: ‘That actually cost the game there.’ It was quite balanced.
“I’m black and white. I’m normally going: ‘I know. I was there, that happened.’ [But] I can’t stick my finger on where the game was won and lost.”
One big turning point, however, came in the final over of England’s chase. When it was looking like New Zealand were the favourites, Martin Guptill’s throw from the deep deflected off Ben Stokes’ bat to give England four extra runs in overthrows, dragging the hosts ahead in the contest.
One would assume that finishing on the right side of the result after such a cliffhanger would have made it easier for Morgan to make sense of all the drama. But the man himself doesn’t agree.
“I’m not sure winning it makes it any easier,” he said. “A little bit [troubled], because there’s no defining moment that you’d say: ‘Yes, we thoroughly deserved it.’ It’s just been crazy.”
“I spoke to Kane [Williamson] over the last couple of days on numerous occasions and none of us has come up with a rational explanation as to the various times we gave them the game and they gave it back to us. Like me, he can’t get his head around everything.”
At the end of the conversation, though, Morgan conceded: “It would be more difficult to lose, of course.”