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Title can be England’s 2005 Ashes moment

By AAP Newswire

England's World Cup final against New Zealand can be the one-day team's 2005 Ashes moment, according to captain Eoin Morgan.

Sunday's decider at Lord's will be broadcast on free-to-air TV in England due to popular demand, making it the first widely accessible international in the country in 14 years.

That Test series - where England ended Australia's 16-year reign - is still regarded as one of the finest cricket hours in the country.

Lines swelled outside of grounds each day, each player was made an MBE and even this week a new documentary on the series aired in England.

But the game has since then been played behind a pay wall, before the interest in Morgan's men created a change for Sunday.

"It's very cool," Morgan said.

"Particularly given the 2005 Ashes for me was sort of the day cricket became cool.

"Throughout the whole summer, the game was on the front and back page of every newspaper going around, everyone was talking about it.

"It is really good for the game and it's the game I love so it's great news that it's on free-to-air."

Sunday's final between the two teams means the tournament will also have a maiden winner for the first time since Sri Lanka in 1996.

But England will still have more history to overcome for them to break their duck.

The interest and external pressure around the team is not just due to their history, but the plight of other major national teams over the past half-century.

England's football team have not won a World Cup since 1966, while the rugby team claimed their first title and only title in 2003.

So while chants of "it's coming home" broke out at Edgbaston in Thursday's win over Australia, Morgan urged calm ahead of the final.

"I wouldn't get too carried away yet," he said.

"It is obviously a very exciting time for everybody and ourselves included.

"Giving ourselves the opportunity for Sunday's final is brilliant. We'll be giving it everything we can in order to try and win that game."