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Bring on the Aussies, roars Black Caps' Boult


Confident: Trent Boult is eager to get revenge on Australia
Confident: Trent Boult is eager to get revenge on Australia

By David Charlesworth

Trent Boult is out for revenge after New Zealand booked their spot in the World Cup final, hoping Australia can join them at Lord's this Sunday.

New Zealand won a legion of admirers as they reached the showcase for the first time in 2015, only for fellow co-hosts Australia to burst their bubble as they prevailed by a wide seven-wicket margin in Melbourne.

The Black Caps will have the opportunity to go all the way again after beating India by 18 runs at Old Trafford on the reserve day of their semi-final.

Boult knows who he would prefer to win the other last four showdown between Australia and England at Edgbaston today.

The left-arm seamer said: "I think Australia pumped us in 2015 in the final, so it would be nice to (play them) again. But two quality sides are going to play, we'll be watching with interest.

"We're just more excited about being on the stage; Lord's, Cricket World Cup final, it doesn't get bigger than that in my opinion. Whoever it is we're definitely looking forward to it."

The Kiwis lost to both Australia and England in the group stage but Boult added: "If we do the things well that we know we can do, especially with the ball, I think we're good enough to beat anyone on the day."

New Zealand swelled an overnight score of 211 for five, held over to Wednesday morning because of persistent rain on Tuesday afternoon, to 239 for eight, Ross Taylor top-scoring with 74 from 90 balls.

India lurched to 24 for four after 10 overs in response, Matt Henry and Boult starring in a dazzling display of new-ball bowling.

Boult claimed the wicket of star man Virat Kohli and the left-arm seamer later returned to the attack to snare Ravindra Jadeja, whose swashbuckling 77 off 59 balls had given India hope before they subsided to 221 all out.

Boult added: "It was mayhem out there, a little bit, with the new ball. Matt bowled extremely well, it was a dream start for us.

"We're always trying to get sides two or three down inside that first 10 overs. I saw five for three at one point, it was great fun.

"They absorbed that pressure nicely, Dhoni and Jadeja, anything can happen with those guys at the crease.

"It turned out to be a very close game but nice to come out on the right side."

Meanwhile, Kohli reflected on three-quarters of an hour of mayhem that ultimately led to India's dramatic exit from the World Cup at the semi-final stage for a second time in four years.

The India captain said afterwards: "We have played outstanding cricket throughout this tournament and to just go out on the basis of 45 minutes of bad cricket breaks your heart.

"It's very disappointing, not turning up when the team wanted me. Obviously, it feels bad. Everyone gets disappointed when they get out.

"You have worked so hard throughout the tournament to build up some momentum. You finish at the top of the table and then a spell of bad cricket and then you are out of the tournament completely.

"But you just have to accept it. It's happened to us before and we have all come out of it better cricketers."

Kiwi captain Kane Williamson is now hoping that India's cricket-obsessed fans will cheer them on in the Lord's showpiece this Sunday.

He said: "I hope that they're not too angry.

"Obviously the passion for the game in India is unrivalled and we are all fortunate to play this sport and have a country like India be right behind it.

"Hopefully we can adopt 1.5 billion supporters and they'll be supporting us."

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