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New Zealand gearing up for a big night of World success


Gary Stead
Gary Stead

By Rory Dollard

New Zealand coach Gary Stead expects most of the country to pull an all-nighter tomorrow in support of his side's World Cup final against England.

Neither team have won the tournament before, guaranteeing a history-making day at Lord's regardless of the result.

In England, a broadcast agreement between rights holders Sky and Channel 4 has opened the game up to a terrestrial platform and hopes are high that a huge audience will tune in to cheer on Eoin Morgan's men.

Stead expects a similar level of support on other side of the world, even through the game is due to start at 9.30pm local time.

"My understanding is it's on free-to-air back home also, which is awesome," he said.

"Many people will stay up late and I know a lot of them will be spending some late hours watching.

"I think Monday might be a public holiday back home because most of New Zealand will be staying up watching the game. We've had a lot of supportive messages and we're really excited about what's ahead."

Stead also expects a tough battle, adding: "I expect both teams to play the game really hard in the middle and maybe have a beer afterwards. I think both teams play the game in the right way.

"The exciting thing is neither team have won a World Cup, both have had some finals experience but you're going to have a different winner than last time."

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