Published: Sun, July 14, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Englands Jason Roy cleared to play World Cup final despite umpire outburst

Englands Jason Roy cleared to play World Cup final despite umpire outburst

England batsman Jason Roy could face disciplinary action after his blistering innings in Thursday's World Cup semi-final against Australia came to a controversial end at Edgbaston.

"So if England slip up and give them opportunities they will take them, so England will have to bring their A-game to win this World Cup final, they can't cruise along and expect to win it - they have got to play good cricket".

Of the two protagonists who will square off at the "home of cricket", the hosts have more at stake.

Showing no nerves chasing a competitive but hardly formidable target, England played the same attacking cricket they have produced over the last four years that took them to the top of the One-Day International rankings.

"In 2015 we were way off the mark".

"We managed to win games without playing the ideal game the whole way through". Roy had signalled for a review after being dismissed, before realising that his opening partner, Jonny Bairstow, had already unsuccessfully utilised England's solitary challenge.

Their 124-run stand in Thursday's semi-final against Australia was their fourth successive century partnership in the tournament.

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The comprehensive loss to a rampant England side was the first time Australia had made the last four of the competition and not advanced to the final.

"Very cool, particularly given the 2005 Ashes for me was sort of the day cricket became cool", Morgan said.

With the showpiece event also being broadcast on a free-to-air platform following an agreement between rights holders Sky and Channel 4, expectations will be elevated to another level. "It's exciting and the people get behind it and feel they're a part of it so it's a great celebration".

But having seen off old nemesis Australia in a one-sided semi final yesterday, confidence is high they can break through the glass ceiling against New Zealand at Lords.

"I think Archer has given England that X factor so those two guys are form payers but I wouldn't be surprised if Ben Stokes steps up to the plate in the final and produces something special".

The 2015 finalists began well before three back-to-back defeats almost scuttled their campaign in the group stage.

Ross Taylor topscored for the team against India but opener Martin Guptill has been woefully out of form since his 73 not out in their opener against Sri Lanka.

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