Eoin Morgan insists England are brimming with confidence ahead of Tuesday’s Champions Trophy clash against New Zealand.
But this time around, following two years of impressive progress in one-day cricket and a fine victory over Bangladesh in the tournament opener, Morgan believes England can stand up to New Zealand.
‘They were one of the favourites going into the tournament and proved that against us that day in Wellington,’ Morgan recalled ahead of Tuesday’s match in Cardiff.
‘It was sort of men against boys. But I think it’s completely different now – two years down the line. We’ve got a completely new team, pretty much.
‘A lot of it has to do with confidence – we come into this tournament full of confidence. The dominant factor in New Zealand was that they had that confidence whereas we didn’t.’
England know a victory over Kane Williamson’s charge, whose first game against Australia was washed out, will guarantee them a place in the semi-finals.
But Morgan and Trevor Bayliss will be without Chris Woakes after the in-form all-rounder suffered a side strain in the win over Bangladesh.
Steven Finn has been named as the man to replace the injured Woakes and Morgan has backed the 28-year-old to deliver in Cardiff.
‘It was backing up consistency in selection and trying to get guys together as a group that we’ve showed trust in over the last couple of years,’ Morgan said when asked about Finn’s call-up.
‘Finn has been one of those players. We’ve tried to go like for like as often as we can.
‘But when we can’t, we go for a guy we can throw the ball to at any stage in order to try to make an impact in the game.
‘Finny is one of those guys, and I’d have no hesitation in playing him tomorrow if we felt it was the right thing to do.’