Eoin Morgan admitted England's punishing defeat by New Zealand in their last World Cup meeting four years ago was "as close to rock-bottom as I've been". For New Zealand, the game will be important so as to avoid a freak accident in which they might lose badly here and get trumped by Pakistan or Bangladesh over NRR after being tied on points.
Before the tournament started, England were supposed to bulldoze opponents and saunter into the finals and even win the tournament, but then, World Cup pressure and all that happened and they now have to win this clash for their fate to be in their own hands.
Morgan, however, is thinking only positive thoughts after last Sunday's victory over India that got England back on track after successive losses to Sri Lanka then Australia.
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"It was as close to rock-bottom as I've been", Morgan told reporters at Chester-le-Street on Tuesday. In this scenario, the England vs New Zealand game is all-important for the fortunes of both teams. "Certainly as a captain and as a player, being beaten off the park like that was humiliating".
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With the Black Caps to meet hosts England in their final World Cup pool match in Durham tonight, the Kiwi side could potentially seal or surrender their place in the final four, depending on other results. Kane Williamson and his men would look to not leave anything to chance and rectify their mistakes from their last two matches on Wednesday.