England cruised past Australia to reach their first Cricket World Cup final since 1992 by a comfortable eight wickets.Trevor Bayliss and his side w
England cruised past Australia to reach their first Cricket World Cup final since 1992 by a comfortable eight wickets.
Trevor Bayliss and his side will take on New Zealand at Lord’s on Sunday in what could become England’s first world cup triumph.
Sky Sports, who have broadcasted all 2019 Cricket World Cup fixtures up to now for their subscribers, have now teamed up the Channel 4 to ensure all England fans can watch the fixture.
The final will be shown from 9am UK time on both Sky Sports and Channel 4.
Their statement, that was released before the semi-final victory, read: “It would be the first time since 1979 that England have reached the final on home soil, and Sky will ensure as wide an audience as possible is able to watch the game should England qualify.”
Sky UK and Ireland Chief Executive Stephen van Rooyen outlined the reasons behind the decision shortly at the same time as it was announced.
He added: “Our aim has always been to celebrate what could be a ‘once in a generation’ moment of a home team in a big final on home soil.
“So, if England reach the final, we will make the match available to everyone so the whole country can be part of a rare and special big sporting moment.”
Chris Woakes was named the Player of the Match for England’s incredible semi-final victory, and he was quick to praise the entire squad.
He said: “I’m speechless. It was an incredible performance from the whole team. There were some nerves this morning but I think that’s natural.
“The way we produced the goods shows how good we are and where we’re at as a team.
“I don’t think it was a bad wicket by any means, but I think we found the right length and when they lost early wickets we were able to keep the pressure on.
“It hasn’t really sunk in that we’re in a World Cup final, but hopefully we can go all the way.
“To win this in the fashion we have, against a good Australian side – on the best ground in the world, may I say – means we’re really looking forward to Sunday.”