More Videos Ready to be bowled over by the CWC? There was pandemonium in the stands, with thousands jumping to their feet, while those in England blue ran across the field as if they were not fully in control of their own limbs. Follow cnnsport. The sight of England's cricketers, seemingly each taking their own celebratory journey before coming together as a group, could scarcely be more apt.
At a time where the country remains divided amid political turmoil and racism remains very much in the headlines, this England side provided a welcome chance to allow a nation to join together and celebrate sporting success.
Rarely does cricket have the opportunity to transcend sport, with the might of the Premier League and the Champions League often dominating the media narrative. Key to that, was not just the dramatic way England won -- just thinking about it leads to bouts of breathlessness -- but also because of the way this English team had bridged divisions, how it appeals to so many different communities across the country. England's captain Eoin Morgan celebrates with the World Cup trophy.
READ: England benefited from 'clear mistake' in final victory. There's Eoin Morgan, the England captain, born in Ireland to an English mother, who could scarcely have been prouder of his team as he shared an anecdote between himself and spin bowler Adil Rashid, one of the two British-born Muslim players in the squad.
I said we had the rub of the green," added the England captain.
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It has quite diverse backgrounds and cultures, guys growing up in different countries and are at the stage in their career where they actually find humor in the situation we were in at the time was pretty cool. Rashid and Moeen Ali, both of Pakistani heritage are at the very heart of this England squad. Nowhere is that better illustrated than the respect shown towards the pair by their teammates upon winning the World Cup. Aware that both men are observant Muslims and do not drink alcohol, the squad celebrated without champagne before allowing the pair to walk away before the traditional uncorking ceremonial splash down.
Ben Stokes produced a heroic innings to fire England to World Cup glory. Much of this England victory was owed to those born outside of the country who have made this their home. Ben Stokes, born in New Zealand before moving to the UK as a year-old, will no doubt go down in history for his performance in helping England snatch victory from all but certain defeat. Stokes' Dad has even joked that he's now the most hated father in New Zealand. The year-old Stokes' unbeaten 84, which included that hugely controversial moment when a fielder's throw hit his bat before racing to the boundary, will be played over and over again for years to come.
So too will the contribution of Jofra Archer, the year-old fast bowler born in Barbados, now playing for his father's country of birth. Archer, one of the most exciting exponents of fast bowling of the game, has the potential to be one of the best England has ever had.
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He, like Stokes, is a player that makes you want to pick up a bat and ball, walk to the park, and pretend, at least for five minutes, that you can be a world beater too. Jason Roy, who will no doubt also inspire many a young child in the playground with his powerful batting at the top of the order, was born in Durban, South Africa, before moving to the UK as a child.
Like many workplaces, this England set up is a truly international one, reaching beyond the cultural divide.
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Mapimpi has been in prolific form this year, however, and he showed the South Africans can play a bit with ball in hand too when he finished off a try created by his own chip-through in the 66th minute. Kolbe added the second try eight minutes later, skipping past the tackle of Owen Farrell on the wing and racing away to touch down to the delight of the South Africans in the crowd of 70, Out-half Handre Pollard had already given the South Africans a clear lead from six penalties and he added the two conversions to take his match tally to While tactics were as traditional as the dark green Springbok shirt, the team was far more representative of a multi-racial nation than those of and and Siya Kolisi is the first black captain to lift the Webb Ellis Cup.
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England came into the match with huge expectations after the New Zealand win but only offered flashes of the brilliant all-pitch game which undid the All Blacks last week. Head coach Eddie Jones, who was in charge of Australia when England won their only World Cup in , becomes the first coach to lose two finals.
Out-half Farrell kicked four penalties for England but they were chasing the match all evening and hanging on doggedly trying to contain the rampant Springboks by the end.