Kane Williamson wants World Cup 'underdogs' New Zealand to have their day

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LONDON: It was 27 years ago when England featured in their last World Cup final.

New Zealand defended a low total against India in the first semi-final while England proved they were fine either way completing an easy chase against Australia in the other. "Wish you all the best on behalf of the All Blacks".

New Zealand fielded the same team who beat India in the first semi-final in Manchester.

The All Blacks will bid for a hat-trick of World Cup titles when rugby's global showpiece kicks off in Japan in September. "I think it's important to recognise the work that has been done and the foundations that have been laid".

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As for suggestions his side would be "party poopers" if they won, star batsman Williamson jokingly replied: "You talking about dogs again, hey?" That was a stronger New Zealand side than this one, but Kane Williamson, their captain, is happy to embrace the underdog tag.

"We are quite keen on winning as well", he said with a deadpan expression.

"But at the same time, as we know in this game nothing promises, so it does come down to putting a performance on the board that gives us the best opportunity to win".

"One of them was pavilion duty where you got to clean the windows and take the mail around, there was selling scorecards and a wee bit of scorebox duty which was pretty cool so it's a great experience in coming back here at anytime". The pitch for the final looked exceptionally green on Saturday but a cautious Williamson refused to read too much into conditions a day before the game. "We'd all like to be contenders going into every World Cup and not just an afterthought, as we probably have been before".

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