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Cricket World Cup final: ‘Incredible, amazing’ – England’s Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and Jofra Archer react to historic victory

England made history by winning the Cricket World Cup for the first time on Sunday.

The hosts and New Zealand remarkably finished level after 50 overs and so the tournament went down to a dramatic, deciding super-over.

England came out on top and you can read some of the players’ reactions below.

England captain Eoin Morgan lifted the World Cup

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England captain Eoin Morgan lifted the World Cup

Eoin Morgan

“There wasn’t a lot in that game, jeez. I’d like to commiserate Kane [Williamson] and his team. I thought today was a hard, hard-fought game.

“On a tough wicket where everybody found it tough to score, we managed to restrict them to probably a good score and we lost wickets and were up against it. Buttler and Stokes put together a partnership…

“This has been a four year journey. We’ve developed a lot over the course of those four years, probably in particular the last two.

“We find it hard to play on wickets like that like good teams do around the world, but today was about getting over the line.

“Sport’s tough at times, but to get over the line means the world to us.”

Eoin Morgan with the trophy

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Eoin Morgan with the trophy

Ben Stokes

“I don’t know, I’m pretty lost for words. I mean, all that hard work over that four years, to get here and be champions of the world, it’s an amazing feeling. I’m pretty done to be honest…

“It feels pretty good – I am lost for words. So much hard work has gone in, this is what we aspire to be. I don’t think there will ever be a better game in cricket than that.

“I have apologised countless times for that fluke, it’s not how you want to get them. There was no chance I wasn’t going to bat in that super over – I definitely wasn’t going to bowl anyway after last time…

“It’s fantastic. I don’t know what it is about finals that produce moments like that. It’s incredible. Amazing. We will find out tomorrow what it’s done for cricket – we’ve always had great support.

“The game was ebbing and flowing, I hope we have inspired people to want to do this in the future.”

Ben Stokes was overjoyed

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Ben Stokes was overjoyed

Jos Buttler

“We wanted to take it deep. We didn’t really feel like the run rate would be an issue if we were both there at the end.

“Just trying to get a partnership together, as we said in the break. A couple of good partnerships will chase this down.

“So just trying to extend it, trying to put pressure back on New Zealand, and I don’t know what happened there at the end, that was unbelievable.

“Unbelievable, wasn’t it? I thought I’d seen everything in cricket and that game was just ridiculous. It’s very hard to put into words at the minute but what an unbelievable day.”

Jos Buttler hoisted the World Cup aloft

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Jos Buttler hoisted the World Cup aloft

Jonny Bairstow

“I thought we bowled pretty well to be honest with you and then they put us under a heck of a lot of pressure early on with the ball.

“They took wickets and put it in the right areas so it was pretty tough, but the way that Stokesy and Jos then built on the partnership, I mean that’s won us the game at the end of the day.”

Jonny Bairstow had a well earned drink

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Jonny Bairstow had a well earned drink

Jofra Archer

“The last time I was in a final it didn’t go my way so that was in my mind.

“Stokesy came over and told me, win or lose, today will not define me as a player. The boys did so well to give us 15, I am so grateful they gave us the opportunity to compete.”

Jofra Archer celebrated wildly

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Jofra Archer celebrated wildly

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson

“Look, it certainly wasn’t for one extra run, there are so many parts in that match that could have gone either way.

“Congratulations to England, they had a fantastic campaign and deserve their victory.

“It’s been challenging, the pitches have been different. There was a lot of talk of 300+ scores but there hasn’t been much of that.

“We have showed heart and fight to get to this stage and a tie in the final – it wasn’t meant to be.

“The guys are shattered. It’s devastating. Tough to swallow.”

Kane Williamson had to walk past the trophy

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Kane Williamson had to walk past the trophy

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