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New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and decided to bat against England in the World Cup final at an overcast Lord’s on Sunday. Early morning rain delayed the toss and start by 15 minutes but, at this stage, no overs have been lost. “We’ll bat first. It’s a tough decision — it’s a bat first surface but if you look above, it adds confusion,” said Williamson of his decision to give his batsmen first use of a green pitch.

“The semi-final was a really good game of cricket and a tough battle for the boys. It’s given us confidence for today.” England captain Eoin Morgan said: “Not at all bothered by losing the toss — it was a bit of a 50-50 call and with the overhead conditions I might have leaned towards bowling first. Whichever team plays well will lift the trophy.

Playing XIs!
Both the captains have opted for the same playing XI that they fielded in the semi-finals.

England playing XI: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (w), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood.

New Zealand playing XI: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, James Neesham, Tom Latham (w), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson.


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