File photo of Steve Waugh. Photograph:( Twitter )
England will face New Zealand in the final battle in their quest to win the tournament for the first time
Former Australian cricketer Steve Waugh believes that England are favourites to win the Cricket World Cup 2019 considering their current momentum.
England will face New Zealand in the final battle bidding to win the tournament for the first time. Both the countries have never won the World Cup before and Sunday's winner would create cricketing history.
"I can't really get past England, I've got to say, but I wouldn't be surprised if New Zealand play really well. But England, on current form momentum, it just feels like it's their time," said Waugh ahead of World Cup final.
Eoin Morgan-led England team defeated Australia by eight wickets in the semis of the tournament to enter the final after 27 years.
"I think, England have been some really (good) form in the last four matches. They deserve to be in the final," said the 1999 World Cup-winning captain.
"New Zealand, they have been up and down and there was a surprise that they beat India in the semifinal but having said that, they deserve their place as well. They'll go in as underdogs but that's why they like it. I think it shapes up as really an outstanding game of cricket on Sunday," he added.
Kane Williamson-led New Zealand defeated India by 18 runs in the first semi-final in a dramatic clash and Waugh said that they would go into the tie as underdogs.
The Black Caps have a good chance of winning it after their surprise win over tournament favourites India.
The final is scheduled to be held on July 14 at Lord's and in case it is intervened by rain then July 15 is kept as the reserve day.