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England favourites but anything possible, warns Williamson

A new 50-overs world champion will emerge at Lord’s after what many consider will be a battle between England’s deep batting lineup and New Zealand’s incisive bowling attack.

England ruthlessly destroyed five-times champions Australia to move to the cusp of their first ever men’s 50-overs World Cup title, while New Zealand’s crafty bowlers defended a small total against two-times champions India in the other semi-final.

The canine reference appeared to amuse the Kiwi skipper who was also asked how it would feel to play party-pooper in a match which would be broadcast free-to-air on TV.

England will expect another flying start from openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow, who have combined in four successive century partnerships.

Williamson acknowledged the threat they pose, but said nothing can be taken for granted.

Williamson was part of the Brendon McCullum-led squad who suffered a heavy defeat in the 2015 final against Australia.

The 28-year-old’s level-headed leadership, along with his prolific form with the bat, have been instrumental in New Zealand’s second straight run to the final.

(Production: Gerry Mey, Iain Axon, Jim Hatley)

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