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England vs New Zealand World Cup final: Ashley Giles predicts the greatest ever summer of cricket

Ashley Giles believes England have the chance to make this the greatest summer of cricket ever if they can secure a World Cup and Ashes double.

England are into the World Cup final after thrashing Australia by eight wickets in the semi-final on Thursday.

Ashley Giles was speaking to talkSPORT ahead of Sunday’s Cricket World Cup final

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Ashley Giles was speaking to talkSPORT ahead of Sunday’s Cricket World Cup final

They will now meet New Zealand at Lord’s on Sunday, which will be shown on free-to-air TV, and director of cricket Giles sees this as a chance to make it a memorable summer.

“It’s an opportunity we’ve never had before,” Giles told talkSPORT. “A greatest cricketing summer to possibly to do a World Cup and Ashes double.

“We’ve got to take every game and every day as it comes. The first part of that job is almost accomplished.

Joe Root and Eoin Morgan saw England over the line in their semi-final win against Australia

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Joe Root and Eoin Morgan saw England over the line in their semi-final win against Australia

“I know from listening to the lads and seeing them last night, they know that job is not quite there yet.

“I also know from Joe Root’s perspective looking towards the Ashes that there’s a lot of planning and thinking going towards that.

“It’s going to take a lot of hard yards yet but it’s an opportunity and if we can get anywhere near that double then that does a lot of good for cricket in this country full stop.

Chris Woakes starred with the ball in the semi-final

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Chris Woakes starred with the ball in the semi-final

“I even heard yesterday that a couple of leagues around the country are calling off their games on Sunday so they can watch the World Cup.

“That’s great. That’s the sort of grip we had in 2005 and to have it again is fantastic for the game.”

England had to win their final two group games to make it into the semi-finals after a blip in the middle of the tournament.

Giles now believes they are fully back to their best going into Sunday’s finale.


He added: “We got ourselves into a situation that was not ideal where we pretty much had to win four out of four to win the World Cup.

“You’ve got to beat the best teams and we are now going to have to beat one of them twice on that run-in in New Zealand.

“But looking at what we are doing we are playing some really good cricket, some exciting cricket.

“Certainly having Jason Roy back at the top of the order has helped but throughout the team we seem to have got our mojo back, which we had lost against Sri Lanka and Australia.”

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