sport news JASON GILLESPIE: Lightning Boult is the big threat for New Zealand

The saying goes that batsmen set up matches, but bowlers win them.

Here, Sportsmail’s Jason Gillespie examines the credentials of the pace attacks ahead of Sunday’s World Cup final.

New Zealand

Their card is Trent Boult and England will be prepared for his threat. He will look to swing the ball back in and blow away the pads of Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy.

But the England pair had a bit of success against left-armer Mitchell Starc just a couple of days ago, so they can take some confidence that they have combatted someone trying to implement a similar game-plan.

New Zealand's trump card is Trent Boult and England will be prepared for his threat at Lord's

New Zealand's card is Trent Boult and England will be prepared for his threat at Lord's

A fast bowler is allowed to bowl good balls at the start of an innings, to attack the stumps and beat the bat, but England kept out Starc’s good ones and if he missed his mark by a little bit they climbed into him. It put the bowler on to the back foot and a bowler who starts worrying about going for runs rather than thinking about wickets is far less effective.

In that scenario, the batter is ahead in our game of cat and mouse.

Bowling defensively plays into the hands of players like Roy and Bairstow — they target boundaries early in the over and that leads to opponents attempting to limit the damage. Negative thoughts in bowlers’ heads makes them forget about bowling their best balls.

Boult’s new-ball partner Matt Henry boasts a decent yorker and possesses nice variations

Boult’s new-ball partner Matt Henry boasts a decent yorker and possesses nice variations

Boult’s new-ball partner Matt Henry skids it on a bit quicker than a lot of people anticipate, and he has skills like the back-of-the-hand slower ball, a decent yorker, nice variations.

What he does well is bowl fuller than most. Besides Starc, Henry bowls his stock ball fuller than anyone, and along with Boult he will provide a great challenge of techniques.

At first change, Lockie Ferguson has genuine pace, is not afraid to bowl his bouncer, but maintains that top-of-the-bail length as his stock ball.

His plans are simple and he uses his deliveries at the appropriate times. A slight angle into the right-hander poses a different question

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