After being tied at both the 50-over and super-over, hosts England, by way of the boundary countback rule, secured their maiden World Cup victory over New Zealand. The final at Lord's saw the Black Caps face their second loss in a World Cup final.
Jimmy Neesham, heartbroken New Zealand all-rounder, took to Twitter after the game. He tweeted tongue-in-cheek "advice" to children to not pursue a career in sport and to rather die "fat and happy".
Kids, don’t take up sport. Take up baking or something. Die at 60 really fat and happy.
With England's victory being awarded purely because of a superior boundary count, this is the first time that an international fixture has been decided with this method. With some seeing it as an obscure rulebook quirk, the Black Caps are exemplifying their renowned sportsmanship and refuse to call out the controversial decision. Morgan, England's captain, said his message to young cricketers regarded the Black Caps, and it was: "Please idolise these guys, they are admirable".
Kiwi Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spoke to Radio New Zealand and admitted how heartbroken she, and the rest of New Zealand, were at the loss: “I think, probably like a lot of New Zealanders, I’m still feeling quite traumatised by that match. It was an incredible game, I can’t recall seeing a game like it, and I think it will go down in history for just being a remarkable game of cricket. Regardless of the outcome, I just feel incredibly proud of the Black Caps. I hope every New Zealander does, because they played remarkable cricket across the course of that tournament — and they certainly did in that last match.”
Obscure rulebook quirk or justified method of solving a tied game? What do you think?
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