England Cricket World Cup final on free-to-air TV after Channel 4 strike deal with Sky Sports – The Sun
ENGLAND'S Cricket World Cup final will be shown on free-to-air TV after Channel 4 struck a deal with Sky Sports.
Eoin Morgan's team reached Sunday's showpiece after a blistering win against old enemy Australia – it's the first time England have made the final since 1992.
And now millions of fanwill be able to watch the match on terrestrial TV.
Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon said: “This is fantastic news for cricket fans and the nation.
“This Sunday is a massive day for British sport with England tantalisingly close to lifting the Cricket World Cup for the first time and Lewis Hamilton setting his sights on his seventh season win at Silverstone – all live on Channel 4.
“The big winners of this strong partnership between Channel 4 and Sky are sports fans and viewers who want to come together for these big sporting occasions.”
Sky UK and Ireland Chief Executive Stephen van Rooyen added: “England in the final on home soil is a huge moment for sport in this country and we are proud to be the host broadcaster.
“Thanks to our strong relationship with Channel 4, we are partnering to make the game available to everyone, so the whole country can get behind England, and be part of a special national sporting event.”
Coverage on both Channel 4 and Sky Sports will start at 9am.
Bowler Chris Woakes, who was man of the match after taking three wickets at Edgbaston said England's turnaround to reach the final has been "special",
"A couple of weeks ago it looked like we were out and buried," he said.
"It’s pretty special.
"In hindsight it’s probably helped us having to dig so deep because we didn’t want to lose those but it put us in the position we are now, we gained some momentum.
"We’ve played our best cricket towards the back end of the tournament which in a World Cup is what you need to do.
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"I didn’t get my first ball quite right but thankfully I hit my straps.
"The openers really set the tone but as a team we’re in a different place to where we were chasing against Sri Lanka.
"We were always going to go about it differently – we weren’t going to be timid or passive. We tried to take the attack to the Aussies."
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