Cricket: Kane Williamson admits Blackcaps still think about World Cup final defeat

Nearly two months after a heartbreaking defeat in the Cricket World Cup final, Blackcaps captain Kane Williamson admits the entire team still talks about the devastating loss. 

In an emotional and tense match at Lord's, both New Zealand and England scored 241 in their 50 overs and were level on 15, after they batted for an extra 'Super Over'.

But England were awarded the trophy, after scoring more fours and sixes - 26 to New Zealand's 17 - in the entire match.

Since the final, some of the Blackcaps squad have gone onto play test and T20 cricket for New Zealand, but that hasn't stopped them from thinking about what might have been. 

"It's one of those things that every day, often, you're having small conversations about it," Williamson told ICC Cricket 360. "Guys are still thinking about it, trying to make sense of it. 

"That's credit to the match we were involved in, but also the result and how it all ended up... one of those things that guys will be talking about for a long time.

"It's one of those games, which - no doubt - you'll look back on and really have appreciated being involved in it. Then you throw in a bit of context - the World Cup final - and it maybe makes it all that more special."

Despite the result, Williamson says he was fortunate to have played in such a special contest, even though the final result didn't go his way. 

"Conversations are still about the finer parts of that match and how things perhaps could have looked so different on a number of occasions.

"We had a huge amount of fun along the way. The thing I'd be most proud of is the way we stuck together as a side and stayed true to the sort of cricket we wanted to play throughout the campaign.

"We've got a great bunch of guys in the side that keep each other honest. We know that we want to be true to ourselves in terms of the way we conduct ourselves, on and off the park."

The Blackcaps will have to wait awhile to get their one-day revenge. They face England in their next home series, starting in November, but are only scheduled to play five T20s and two tests.


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