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World Cup MVPs: left-arm fast bowlers and No. 3 batsmen

A look at the trends of the tournament

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Just how lucky were England in the World Cup?

Not very. But what luck they got, they made the most of

WORLD CUP LOOKBACK

World Cup final, Lord's

Vettori, Swann, Agarkar, Kartik pick their World Cup XIs

Kane Williamson to lead, Alex Carey to keep wicket and a surprise No.3

3:26

Nicholas: Look ma, no fingernails

Astonishing, unprecedented, lucky, smart, brilliant, unlucky, flattering, faltering, preposterous - the World Cup final was all that and more

It's Plunkett, in the middle overs, with the cross-seam delivery

Who'd have thought Liam Plunkett Bowling Cross-Seam In The Middle Overs could become a thing?

Heartbreak for New Zealand

World Cup final, Lord's

'Did that just happen? Is that real? And then it hits you' - Williamson

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson says the reality of losing the World Cup in a such a tight game hit him "in waves"

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'You are looking for a run' - Gutted NZ try to make sense of the unbelievable

A few hours of sleep did not make things any easier for New Zealand, but their grace and dignity remained one of the overriding images

Sharing trophy 'should be considered' - NZ coach

Kane Williamson says it was "a real shame that the tournament was decided in the way it was" after defeat on boundary countback

Sidharth Monga

World Cup 2019

Can't we do better than count boundaries to decide who wins a World Cup?

It is shameful that an all-time classic final left a sour taste in viewers' mouths because of the way the winner was determined

I hate World Cup finals and I know exactly why

How do you fill in the vacuum left by weeks on weeks of cricket?

ENGLAND V NEW ZEALAND

WORLD CUP FINAL, LORD'S

Final tied, Super Over tied, England win on boundaries

Ben Stokes took the most thrilling World Cup final to a Super Over in which both teams scored 15 runs each

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Kimber: Nerve, skill, errors. How the greatest ODI finish unfolded

You couldn't have scripted the end of the World Cup final better and it will take a long time to make sense of it. But here's an attempt

Gallery - A tie within a tie

The most vivid pictures from a historical World Cup final

England v New Zealand

World Cup final, Lord's

Vettori: What sets New Zealand apart? Their ability to understand conditions

And their captain is a man who specialises in adapting to situations as they arise

Talking World Cup: Will nice guys NZ finish first?

Will we have a close World Cup final for once? Osman Samiuddin, Fidel Fernando and Srinath Sripath discuss

England v New Zealand

World cup final, Lord's

Underdogs? Can win regardless of breed - Williamson

New Zealand captain is happy to accept England should be seen as favourites

'Will try and take in as much as we can' - Morgan

Happily for England's captain, venues don't get any more familiar than the ground at which he has been playing for Middlesex since he was 16

Nicholas: The man from Tauranga and the one from Rush

Which one will end up holding the trophy come Sunday evening?

England v New Zealand

World Cup final, Lord's

Samiuddin: Nice guys and world champions? It is possible

It is possible that New Zealand are not punching above their weight but that their punch perfectly matches their weight

Gollapudi: Dot-ball devil Santner is up for the Lord's challenge

'Build pressure and try and get wickets that way,' says the New Zealand left-arm spinner of his plan against England in the World Cup final

Middle-order muddle

World Cup 2019

'Needed a solid batsman out there in middle order' - Shastri

India coach says if there was enough time, they could have tried Agarwal as an opener with Rahul dropping back to the middle order

Dhoni should have come in to bat earlier - Gavaskar

The former India captain said there had been a lot of "baffling" decisions by the team management, including how Rayudu and Rahane had been handled.

De Villiers speaks out

World Cup 2019

I did not demand to be included in World Cup squad - de Villiers

De Villiers confirmed he had spoken to Faf du Plessis two days before South Africa picked their squad but was not trying to 'force' his way

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World Cup 2019

Fernando's World Cup diary: Ethiopian delights and Colombo evenings

What's a touring writer's life like? All about recording podcasts in cemeteries and being mistaken for a taxi driver, of course

Quiz: Who was the only one to play for England in the 1979, 1987 and 1992 finals?

England v Australia

World Cup 2019, semi-final

Playing WC final seemed laughable after 2015 exit - Morgan

0:46

Dobell: A new dawn, a new day, a new life - it's a New England

Their fans will feel good - they had not won a knock-out game in 27 years, but now history beckons

Samiuddin: The unreality of Adil Rashid's greatness

Maybe England have finally understood the thing about legspinners, ancient or modern, is that you have to be patient with them

Australia's exit

World Cup 2019

Kimber: Winning ways don't change Australia's problems

Maybe winning World Cups isn't in Australia's DNA, perhaps believing they will is in ours

England v Australia

Semi-final, Edgbaston

Roy caps bowlers' onslaught as England blaze trail to final

England banished the angst and restored the roar that had carried the side to the top of the world ODI rankings

Prophetic Archer predicted the entire World Cup

You could have scrolled through Jofra Archer's Twitter feed from between 2013-2016 and you would have known everything about the tournament from there

India v New Zealand

World Cup 2019, semi-final

Bal: India's strongest suit turns weakest link in Madchester drama

All tournament long, India's top three had piled up the runs; yet, just as in the 2015 World Cup, they collectively failed at the first knockout hurdle

India v New Zealand

Semi-final, Old Trafford

'Forty-five minutes of bad cricket' knocked us out - Kohli

India captain heartbroken but wants to look at positives from their campaign

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Kohli 'heartbroken' as India's dreams are wrecked

Captain defends middle-order but there's no way back following aggressive New Zealand onslaught

India v New Zealand

Semi-final, Manchester

'Knew we deserved to be here, wanted to prove it' - Taylor

The match spilling into a second day made the New Zealander lose sleep, but he remained confident about the total they got given the conditions on offer

Fernando: When Boult made hay in Old Trafford's gloom

When the ball didn't swing, he leapt like superman to pluck catches, when it did, he prised out the world's best

Kimber: A semi-final we didn't think we'd have

New Zealand got to 2 for 1 after four overs, while India had 5 for 3; it wasn't the prediction at all

England v Australia

Semi-final, Edgbaston

Mark Nicholas: Why it is important for England to win this World Cup

They have waited a long time for this, and made it through to the pointy end after a few wake-up calls. Never have they had a team better equipped to achieve glory

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Plunkett is the fast bowler you don't want to be

England's anti-fast bowler has dismissed some very big names at big moments of this World Cup, but do you remember him doing so?

'Kapoor and Mittal' in London

In our last helping of exploring London, we go 'up' the world's tallest tunnel slide and 'down' the memory lane of UK's national dish

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All signs point to Brick Lane

If the Richmond Park isn't exciting enough, check out the explosive Gunpowder. Don't miss the signs!

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England v Australia

Semi-final, Edgbaston

Langer explains Australia's barefoot-training antics

Justin Langer shares the reason behind his team walking around the pitch barefoot and having birthday celebrations for Shaun Marsh's son

1:50

Peter Handscomb 'definitely in', Marcus Stoinis fit - Justin Langer

The Australia coach said both Handscomb and Stoinis would feature in the XI for the semi-final against England

Hodge: Aus need bit of firepower from middle order

Brad Hodge previews Australia's semi-final against England, and says Steven Smith moving to No.3 in place of the injured Khawaja might work in Australia's favour

3:03

Hodge: Cummins' role different from the past

Brad Hodge talks about Pat Cummins' role, and his importance in providing support for Mitchell Starc and Jason Behrendorff

1:48

#PoliteEnquiries: Are Australia actually good or just lucky?

7:40

Exploring time and tides in London

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India v New Zealand

Semi-final, Old Trafford

Eleven years on: Williamson and Kohli meet in another World Cup semi-final

Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli discussed how special it is to be captain of the senior side 11 years on from when they met at the same stage at under-19 level.

1:54

Tactics Board: Where the semi-final could be won and lost

Rohit v Boult, the Indian spin options, and New Zealand's express pace - what will be the game-changer?

World Cup 2019

It's been the World Cup of the yorker, and we love it

The defining delivery of the tournament has had some superb purveyors this year, who have used it to deadly effect

Do you agree with the Monga-Kimber World Cup XI?

Three games to go, but these two already have an XI that could easily tackle slow pitches, highways, death overs, D/L, and a Space Jam alien team

Sri Lanka's campaign

World Cup 2019

'Winning three out of seven is almost 50%' - SL chief selector

Ashantha de Mel put a positive spin on the side's World Cup campaign as they returned home

World Cup 2019

Mohammad Isam

Shakib's masterplan: Stellar showing was no fluke

His World Cup dominance was the result of meticulous preparation, from pushing for the No 3 spot to using his long IPL downtime

India v Sri Lanka

World Cup 2019, Headingley

'I'm not here for records' - Rohit Sharma

Following his record fifth century at the 2019 World Cup, the India batsman says he's after the trophy not personal landmarks

0:48

Gollapudi: Move aside Gayle, Rohit is the true Universe Boss

Rohit's fifth ton in this World Cup has put him on another level - and he has helped KL Rahul click too

What's Angelo Mathews' worth? He will remind you

Like a microcosm of a 12-year career, Mathews' 2019 World Cup has been as vexing as they come

Australia v South Africa

World Cup 2019, Old Trafford

'Time was always against us' - Gibson on SA's World Cup

South Africa coach feels they ran out of time in trying to put together the team they would have liked to compete at the World Cup

Du Plessis hints at staying until T20 World Cup

The South Africa captain showed his emotion on reaching three figures but suggested it was not a sign he was about to call it quits

Not about the numbers, it's about the person you are - Duminy

JP Duminy bows out of international content that he gave his all for the team cause while captain Faf du Plessis called him a "father figure"

AFTAB PENALISED

Afghanistan news

Aftab Alam handed one-year suspension

Fast bowler hauled up for disciplinary breaches during the 2019 World Cup

Kimber: Afghanistan have hit a bump on their happy road

The World Cup's underdogs came in as fan favourites, but what they really wanted to do was win games. That didn't happen

Bangladesh v Pakistan

World Cup 2019, Lord's

Bowling and fielding a massive letdown - Mashrafe

Bangladesh captain says team didn't do justice to Shakib's performances as he reflects on their tournament

At Lord's, a sea of green, and a lesson for the future

Norms must be broken for a new generation to fall in love with the game, as the fans at the Bangladesh v Pakistan game showed

World Cup 2019

Australia news

Handscomb replaces injured Marsh in Australia squad

Shaun Marsh suffers a fractured forearm after being struck by a ball from Pat Cummins during a net session

Alex Carey quietly proves his mettle

Away from the spotlight, the Australia wicketkeeper has kept his calm and faced up to a range of pressure situations

World Cup 2019

News round-up

No more World Cups, 'I don't intend to put my body on the line' - Chris Gayle

There are still some limited-overs internationals and T20 leagues, on the anvil, but the charismatic West Indies opener is done with World Cups

Week in review: Bairstow beats a shadow, Dhoni becomes one

ESPNcricinfo's reporters pick the moments they remember from an action-packed Week 5 at the World Cup

World Cup 2019

England news

Sky Sports will show World Cup final on free-to-air if England qualify

Broadcaster seeks to capitalise on 'once-in-a-generation' opportunity to spread the sport to wider UK audience

Dobell: World Cup will give English cricket its oxygen

A World Cup win for England will have huge implications; it will inspire a new generation of players and supporters

Ugra: Cricket, you old rogue, I need to gather my thoughts, okay?

How the World Cup reminded me of my first love in sport

Afghanistan v West Indies

World Cup 2019, Headingley

Ganga laments 'unfulfilled expectation' for West Indies

Despite beating Afghanistan by 23 runs in their final World Cup match, Daren Ganga thinks West Indies won't look back too fondly on their 2019 campaign

1:05

Afghanistan find accidental hero in Ikram Alikhil

He wasn't part of the original squad, and he started the tournament in the lower order. What could this teenaged wicketkeeper do at No. 3? Plenty

England v New Zealand

World Cup 2019, Chester-le-Street

Bal: England's evolving ODI juggernaut

By confronting, and overcoming, the threat of elimination, they are now better prepared for a shot at ultimate glory

Swann: England won two massive games with aplomb

Graeme Swann heaped praise on England's performances against India and New Zealand, after their semi-final-clinching victory

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England v New Zealand

World Cup 2019, Chester-le-Street

Fernando: Fashioned in Williamson's spirit - not McCullum's image

This time there's no charm offensive - the New Zealand side just are who they are. And there's no one cuddlier at the World Cup.

Bal: Not a must-win, but NZ must win their momentum back

They should get into the final four even with a loss to England, but that would make them the only team without a win against the other semi-finalists

Bangladesh v India

World Cup 2019, Edgbaston

Learnt from last game and bowled cutters with old ball - Bumrah

The fast bowlers says he would not want to sit out of any of the World Cup matches

1:39

Rohit ton, Bumrah four-for put India in semi-finals

Mustafizur Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan and Mohammad Saifuddin ensured that Bangladesh kept fighting, but too many of their batsmen failed to build on starts in a chase of 315

Isam: Mustafizur Rahman - all fizz, no fuss

No one knows much about the Bangladesh paceman, and he isn't saying much, except with the old ball

THE DHONI DILEMMA

World Cup 2019

Bal: Don't blame Dhoni or the boundary, the better side won

The curious ending to the match provoked anger and suspicion among fans but there are good cricketing reasons why it ended the way it did

'Surprised that Dhoni question continues to come up' - Bangar

His innings against England was polarising, but India's assistant coach is quite pleased with Dhoni's batting efforts through the World Cup

Sri Lanka v West Indies

World Cup 2019, Chester-Le-Street

Fernando: The craziest ball of this World Cup

How did a man who had not bowled a ball in the previous eight months come to be at the top of his mark with Sri Lanka in dire need?

'That was my first ball in eight months!' - Mathews

Angelo Mathews was relieved to remove West Indies centurion Nicholas Pooran with his first delivery after stepping in to bowl at the death

1:09

The Briefing

World Cup 2019

Fernando: Here's a massively premature review of the World Cup

Because, you know, why not

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England v India

World Cup 2019, Edgbaston

'You all wanted Pant to play, there he is at No. 4!' - Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma also says there is no uncertainty around the No. 4 spot

1:38

Gollapudi: India's start and finish raise questions of gameplan

Setting a steady platform has been a successful model for India, but they were so shackled by England's new-ball bowling that it left them way behind the rate

Short boundary on one side 'bizarre' - Kohli

India captain unhappy with Edgbaston's side boundary; calls it 'crazy'

England v India

World Cup 2019, Edgbaston

Dobell: England slay demons in dominating India's spinners

The hosts knew the challenge that awaited them in this game. They had learned from last year

Bairstow and Stokes set up crucial win for England

Rohit Sharma's century in vain as India's middle order falters in a chase of 338

Bairstow puts 'difficult week' behind him in match-winning knock

Bairstow follows Michael Vaughan spat with century against India

Sidharth Monga

World Cup 2019 tour diary

Beefy's day, Imran's day, New Day

Nostalgia is par for the course when you're a cricket writer covering the World Cup in England

Australia v New Zealand

World Cup 2019, Lord's

'McGrath record means nothing without winners' medal' - Starc

The Australia fast bowler is closing in on Glenn McGrath's record of 26 wickets in a World Cup.

0:47

Burden on Williamson grows as New Zealand's cracks emerge

It will take a extraordinary swing in net run rate to deny New Zealand a semi-final spot but their campaign has started to splutter at the pointy end

Kimber: It was a game of dots

Every dot made Australia look like the kind of attack that wins World Cups

Afghanistan v Pakistan

World Cup 2019, Headingley

Knew they were a bowler short and targeted that - Imad

The Pakistan allrounder backs Afghanistan to continue improving

0:40

Imad, Wahab see Pakistan home in thriller

Gulbadin's miscalculation and costly overs undo spin quartet's choke as Afghanistan stumble under pressure

Monga: The pain of Wahab and Hamid, in victory and defeat

A match riddled with political tension off the field was eventually won by a player who wasn't going to be there when the Afghanistan captain's gamble failed

The Bangladesh camp

World Cup 2019

Isam: Pain no bar for Bangladesh's band of World Cup dreamers

Most of their premier players are carrying major injuries, but none of them have asked for time off as the team looks to make a big splash in the UK

Kimber: Why aren't there more true allrounders like Shakib in ODIs?

Even though the modern game calls for the role, the players available to be picked by teams are usually significantly stronger in one skill than in the other

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