sport news Meet the England heroes aiming to lift the World Cup for the first time

England are hot favourites to win the Cricket World Cup for the first time ever when they take on New Zealand in Sunday's final at Lord's.

The host nation have certainly lived up to their billing as pre-tournament favourites and underlined that with an emphatic victory over their oldest rivals Australia in Thursday's semi-final.

Their performances have captivated the whole country and taken cricket once again into the wider national consciousness.

So for those unfamiliar with England's heroes, here's a handy player-by-player guide to the team likely to play on Sunday.

The England team line up for the national anthem ahead of the semi-final with Australia

The England team line up for the national anthem ahead of the semi-final with Australia

England will take on New Zealand for this trophy in the Cricket World Cup final on Sunday

England will take on New Zealand for this trophy in the Cricket World Cup final on Sunday

Eoin Morgan

England's captain marvel has been instrumental in the team's transformation from one-day no hopers to the best in the world following the humiliation of a group stage exit at the last World Cup in 2015.

Morgan, a man born in Dublin but who always aspired to play for England rather than Ireland, has led by example over the past four years as England have embraced an ultra-aggressive batting strategy.

He has averaged 45 with the bat during the tournament but it is often his subtle changes of tactics in the field and switches of bowlers that have yielded key wickets.

England's captain Eoin Morgan plays a sweep shot in the semi-final against Australia

England's captain Eoin Morgan plays a sweep shot in the semi-final against Australia

Morgan and Joe Root leave the field with broad smiles after sealing the win over Australia

Morgan and Joe Root leave the field with broad smiles after sealing the win over Australia

The 32-year-old is often economical with his words and usually straight to the point, even blunt, with his opinions but he leads England with a steely determination.

A private man away from the field, Morgan and his Australian wife Tara enjoyed a rare day off during the World Cup by watching the action at Wimbledon. She is a PR for luxury brand Burberry.

History beckons for Morgan who could on Sunday join Bobby Moore and Martin Johnson as the only England captains to lift a major World Cup trophy.

Morgan and his Australian wife Tara, who works as PR for the luxury fashion brand Burberry

Morgan and his Australian wife Tara, who works as PR for the luxury brand Burberry

Jason Roy

The opening batsman has gone from strength to strength in this World Cup, batting with a confidence and a swagger seldom seen.

Roy suits England's game perfectly because he only knows one way to bat - all-out attack.

He is brimming with confidence and has averaged 71 at this tournament, working brilliantly in tandem with Jonny Bairstow at the top of the order and setting England's platform.

Jason Roy was left furiously after the umpires wrongly gave him out against Australia

Jason Roy was left furiously after the umpires wrongly gave him out against Australia

Had a tantrum at the umpires after being wrongly given out against Australia 15 runs shy of a third tournament century, an outburst that cost him 30 per cent of his match fee.

Roy and his wife Elle welcomed baby daughter Everly into the world in March but there was drama before one of England's pre-World Cup internationals against Pakistan in Nottingham.

Roy described his horror at seeing eight-week-old Everly 'lifeless' and unable to stay awake. Fortunately it was only a stomach infection and slight fever. Roy duly made a century in the game - on two hours' sleep.

Roy with wife Elle and their daughter Everly in an Instagram snap posted a few weeks ago

Roy with wife Elle and their daughter Everly in an Instagram snap posted a few weeks ago

Jonny Bairstow

The Yorkshireman has just got better and better as the tournament has progressed, hitting back-to-back centuries against India and New Zealand to spare England a humiliating early exit.

He added a spark to England's flagging campaign by responding to criticism by former England player Michael Vaughan following defeats to Australia and Sri Lanka.

It was apparently all the motivation Bairstow needed and he has been excellent in tandem with fellow opener Roy.

Bairstow has reinvented himself as a batsmen of the highest order after losing the wicketkeeper gloves in the white ball format.

Away from cricket, 29-year-old Bairstow enjoys a sharp-suited day out at Wimbledon or the races, at least according to his Instagram account.

Opener Jonny Bairstow has been in outstanding form on England's run to the World Cup final

Opener Jonny Bairstow has been in outstanding form on England's run to the World Cup final

Sharp-suited Bairstow is introduced to the Centre Court crowds at Wimbledon last weekend

Sharp-suited Bairstow is introduced to the Centre Court crowds at Wimbledon last weekend

Joe Root

One of the finest batsmen in the world and the rock around which many an England innings has been built.

England Test captain Root may not bat as aggressively as some of those around him in the order, but an average of 68.62 in this tournament - including two centuries - speaks for itself.

The Sheffield-born batsmen is certainly one of the most marketable members of the England squad and he has lucrative tie-ups with New Balance, Vitality and others.

Root is married to Carrie and their son Alfie was born in January 2017. The couple tied the knot in December last year after Root dashed back home in between tours with England. 

The World Cup is just the first part of an enormous summer for Root, who will captain the Test side in the Ashes series against Australia next month.

Joe Root with arms aloft after hitting the winning runs as England defeated Australia

Joe Root with arms aloft after hitting the winning runs as England defeated Australia 

Root and wife Carrie pictured on their wedding day in December last year

Root and wife Carrie pictured on their day in December last year

Ben Stokes

This World Cup has been a tale of redemption for Stokes, who has shown maturity both on and off the field even since he took a stunning catch in England's opening win over South Africa.

It was in September 2017 that Stokes was arrested following a street brawl outside a nightclub in Bristol which led to charges of affray. It was only in August last year that he was acquitted following a trial.

Since then, Stokes has returned to his role as England's talisman with his batting - he has averaged 54 and scored four half-centuries - bowling and all-action

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