We have achieved a spectacular improvement since 2015: Eoin Morgan
BIRMINGHAM: captain of England Eoin Morgan On Thursday he said his team has made a massive leap since its first round in the World Cup four years ago and has a great opportunity to win the difficult crown at Lord's on Sunday.
England beat Australia with eight windows to reach their first World Cup final since 1992.
I was six years old in 1992, I do not remember, but I've seen a lot. It's an opportunity for us on Sunday, a huge one for that too. It's a massive leap from where we were in 2015. Everyone in the locker room should take a lot of credit for that, said the 32-year-old skipper in the post-match presentation.
Openers Jonny Bairstow & Jason Roy are in the form of their lives & Morgan would love a fifth consecutive century stand from them in the final against New Zealand. He also praised pacer Chris Woakes , which took three crucial windows against Australia.
"Roy & Jonny at the top of the order are really imposing when they get themselves in. They are in the form of their lives & they take advantage of that. They set the tone for us.
"Extremely happy for Woakes also. He is a cool customer & has been one of the best bowlers for us in the last couple of years."
England had also beaten India in the league stage here at Edgbaston & Morgan said his team took confidence out of that win.
Pattern of Australia Aaron Finch He had no qualms about admitting that his team was outdone.
"We were just totally outplayed today. The way they set the tone with the ball & getting to 27/3 after 10 overs was a huge part of the game. And was too hard for us to get back from. You do expect the new ball to seam first up, but they bowled really well by targeting the stumps & bowled a great length, something that we tried to do as well.
But there are many positive aspects for us in this World Cup, especially considering where we were last year when we came to England. You always want to win, but really proud of the group that has brought us here. In the last six months, more or less, It has shown a lot of character, but it still hurts.
We tried to change everything we could, we kept looking for options to take windows. We just could not find it because they played exceptionally well, said Finch.