Cricket: Blackcaps must move on from World Cup torment - Gary Stead

Two weeks on from the final at Lord's, the Blackcaps are struggling to move on from their World Cup heartbreak.

The test squad to tour Sri Lanka next month to kick off the inaugural World Test Championship was unveiled today - but top of the agenda was how the team were coming to terms with their one-day nightmare.

"Physically I'm all good, mentally I'm still thinking about a few things," bowler Trent Boult told Newshub. 

Things like how a tied World Cup final saw England lift the trophy..

"Just living over certain part of that last game and realising how close we got - but na it's definitely gonna hurt for a wee while still."

Coach Gary Stead is also finding it hard to forget. 

"It's not about forgetting it because I don't think you'll ever forget it," he told Newshub. 

"I'm sure I'll take that game to my grave." 

But as the cricketing world contemplates changes to the rules in the wake of a controversial match, the Blackcaps are trying to move forward and focus on reaching the next final at Lord's - the deciding match of the inaugural World Test Championship in 2021. 

"Almost tournament-based where it's played over two years with a final is a really exciting thing to be involved in."

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