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England favourites but anything possible, warns Williamson

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Published on July 13, 2019 - Duration: 01:16s

England favourites but anything possible, warns Williamson

Kane Williamson acknowledges his New Zealand side are underdogs for the World Cup final but says anyone can beat anyone.

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England favourites but anything possible, warns Williamson

SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (JULY 13, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

SOUNDBITE (English) NEW ZEALAND CRICKET CAPTAIN KANE WILLIAMSON, ASKED WHETHER NEW ZEALAND ARE UNDERDOGS: "A lot of people say that on a number of occasions which is great and I think England rightly so deserve to be favourites.

I think coming into this tournament from the start, they were favourites and they've been playing really good cricket.

But whatever dog we are, it's just important that we focus on the cricket that we want to play and we have seen over the years that anybody can beat anybody regardless of breed of dog." 2.

WILLIAMSON AT TRAINING SESSION ON LORDS PITCH 3.

SOUNDBITE (English) NEW ZEALAND CRICKET CAPTAIN KANE WILLIAMSON ASKED WHETHER HE THOUGHT HE COULD GET THIS FAR, SAYING: "I guess anything's possible.

I guess when you take yourself back to that point in time, it feels like a long way away and you make a few small steps forward and you work pretty hard together as a group and next thing you might find yourself here.

And it's obviously a really special occasion tomorrow and to be involved in a World Cup and representing your country let alone to turn up here at the home of cricket and be involved in a final is pretty special." 4.

NEW ZEALAND PLAYERS TRAINING ON LORDS PITCH STORY: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has no problem that hosts England have been branded favourites for Sunday's (July 14) Cricket World Cup final but says anything is possible.

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.

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