Blind hope maybe, but there is a sense something special wafts in the revered Lord's air.

Ask most Brits their honest view, and they suggest a maiden ODI crown is as good as England's. Yes, there were questions put to England captain Eoin Morgan about how it would feel to lift the World Cup.

The Black Caps are participants, a footnote afterthought, for the fait accompli. So the local script goes, anyway.

England's eight-wicket semifinal trouncing of Australia, coupled with their 119-run final group stage victory against New Zealand, only serves to inflate overconfidence.


Fair enough. England deserve to start