The media in the United Kingdom was in raptures after England
convincingly defeated the formidable New Zealand side in the World
Twenty20 semifinal on Wednesday, while the latter's media could not
believe their luck, likening the English side to Frankenstein's monster,
saying they turned the Black Caps' own game plan against them.
"England, the laughing stock of the international game as recently as
a year ago, are in the final of the World Twenty20 after pulverising
New Zealand on a heady night in Delhi," wrote Lawrence Booth in the Mail
"New Zealand, don't forget, had come through their group unbeaten,
playing the kind of canny Twenty20 cricket that, in these parts, can
lead to a lifetime of idolatry and riches.
"This was an English statement made loud and resoundingly for the
benefit of whichever of India or West Indies join them in Sunday's final
Writing in the UK's Telegraph, Former England captain Michael Vaughan
was lavish in his praise, the headline highlighting his delight:
"England's defeat of New Zealand was the best one-day performance I have
seen from us in the last 25 years".
"To reach a World Cup final in India with a bunch of kids and only
one player who has played in the Indian Premier League, and that is Eoin
Morgan who has barely scored a run, is a remarkable achievement,"
"They have every ingredient in the batting line-up, they put in their
best fielding performance of the competition in the semi-final, which
shows they revel in the pressure of a big occasion, and the bowlers'
confidence must have rocketed after a brilliant display at the death.
It is a joy to watch England play with skill and bully the opposition."
While acknowledging England were the better team in New Delhi, Kiwi
pundits said the seeds of the result were sown when the sides met in
Wellington last year at the Cricket World Cup.
In that match, New Zealand trounced England by eight wickets,
prompting Morgan's men to review their style and emulate the Black Caps'
"There was an element of Frankenstein to New Zealand's departure from
the Twenty20 World Cup," Fairfax New Zealand's Duncan Johnstone wrote.
"This was an England team that the Black Caps turned into a monster. And the monster came back to destroy them."
The New Zealand Herald's Andrew Alderson said England also mimicked
the Black Caps by taking the emotion out of their cricket, delivering "a
clinical dissection which wouldn't have looked amiss in an operating
"If the Black Caps could be deemed 'the masters', their apprentices trumped them," he wrote.
He added that "England have morphed into a side with swagger and chutzpah", since their Wellington humiliation.
Former Black caps paceman Simon Doull said Kane Williamson's men
exceeded expectations, finally showing they could play in Indian
conditions, and should not be judged too harshly.