Media hail 'best in 25 years' England


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 Online.
"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 at Kolkata.
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," Vaughan wrote.
"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' aggression.
"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 theatre".
"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.

source : the daily star

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