England celebrate in style after dramatic World Cup final win over New Zealand
After three runners-up finishes, England finally got their hands on the Cricket World Cup trophy following a remarkable Super Over win over New Zealand at Lord’s.
The host nation snatched victory from the jaws of defeat after requiring 15 from their final four balls. Ben Stokes’ heroic 84 not out from 98 balls saw England tie New Zealand on 241 apiece after the regulation 50-overs to extend an incredible game further.
Between them, Stokes and Joss Buttler managed 15 runs from Trent Boult’s six deliveries in the Super Over and although New Zealand’s pairing of Jimmy Neesham and Martin Guptill matched that total from Jofra Archer, England were awarded the victory on boundary count back.
Requiring two runs from the final ball of the day to secure victory, New Zealand could only get one as Buttler ran out Guptill to ensure that England won on the narrowest of margins having hit more boundaries over the course of the game.
Having sealed a miraculous victory in the most dramatic fashion possible, England’s players naturally celebrated their win in style after the reality of their achievement had sunk in with jubilant scenes taking place on the pitch and in the dressing room.
Bowler Liam Plunkett led England’s players in a rendition of Queen’s ‘We Are The Champions’ which Joe Root seemed to particularly enjoy, while batsman Jason Roy was filmed dabbing with the World Cup trophy shortly afterwards.
Football didn’t come home last summer as Gareth Southgate’s boys exited at the semi-final stage but having gone one better, the cricket team belted out the Lightning Seeds’ iconic smash hit ‘It’s Coming Home’ following their win.
And rounding off the celebrations was wicket-keeper Johnny Bairstow taking it all in alongside his extremely looking proud mum. Awww.
Although the ECB confirmed last week that there would be no open bus tour taking place should England win the final due to the upcoming Ashes series next month, the players are expected at the Oval from 10.30am to continue the celebrations with supporters.
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