Eoin Morgan delivers Cricket World Cup demand to England stars after Australia hammering

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News that England’s meeting with New Zealand at Lord’s on Sunday will be broadcast on free-to-air television on Channel 4 was released immediately after the eight wicket victory over Australia.

And Morgan claimed the coverage of their shot at glory can turn back the clock to 2005 and the Ashes series which put the sport at the forefront of the nation’s consciousness.

“It is very cool. Particularly given the 2005 Ashes for me was sort of the day cricket became cool,” said Morgan of the hook up between host broadcaster Sky and Channel 4.

“Throughout the whole summer, the game was on the front and back page of every newspaper going around, everyone was talking about and it that is really good for the game and it’s the game I love so it’s great news that it’s on free-to-air.”

Morgan admitted that England need to grab the opportunity it presents with a victory if they are to emulate the 2005 Ashes.

But he maintained if they can repeat the sort of performance they produced here against Australia, they can do just that.

“It’s not a day to shy away from, it’s a day to look forward to,” said the England skipper. “We have created the opportunity to play in a World Cup Final. It will be a matter of the same again trying to produce everything that we can performance-wise but enjoy the day.

“The performance in the last three games, we have got better and better as a group. We talked before the tournament that we would have to do that in order to get to a semifinal and final and be contenders.

“So today was, I suppose, a step further in the performance and adding on the two that we’ve built on already, I think it was important that we did that.”

Channel 4 will show Sky’s coverage from Lord’s either side of the British Grand Prix with the cricket switching to More 4 during the race.

Morgan said his side still have a job to do against a formidable New Zealand side.

He explained: “I wouldn’t get too carried away yet. It is obviously a very exciting time for everybody and ourselves included. I think giving ourselves the opportunity for Sunday’s final is brilliant.

“But New Zealand throughout the whole tournament has been probably the hardest side to beat and the best side in the group stages. I think their performance in the semifinal was probably their best.

“They will be a difficult side to beat but we are looking forward to it.”

Opener Roy was fined 30 per cent of his match fee and handed two demerit points for showing dissent after being given out by Kumar Dharmasena.

The England player now has three demerit points following a penalty earlier in the World Cup when issuing an audible obscenity in the match against Pakistan.

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