Home support and ranked number one in the world, England went into Cricket World Cup 2019 a huge amount of pressure to make history and win the tournament for the first time.
There were times during the group stage where the hosts looked like missing out on qualifying for the semi-finals. An early loss to Pakistan and back-to-back defeats to Sri Lanka and Australia left them needing to win their last two matches. Their batting order were up to the challenge as they set totals of 337 against India and 305 against New Zealand.
Following a convincing semi-final win over arch-rivals Australia, the final against New Zealand was arguably the most exciting match in cricket history. Ben Stokes rescued England from the jaws of defeat and took England to a super over. Even the super over ended a tie, meaning England won the final on the boundary countback rule (26-17) – the most extraordinary finish to a Cricket World Cup final.