New Zealand dark horses as England close in on title?

Jason Roy walks off after being incorrectly given out on 85 Getty Images

After six weeks and 47 matches, the World Cup final is upon us, and we are guaranteed a brand-new name on the trophy. England, the long-term favourites, will take on New Zealand, the eternal dark horses, in a contest that few could have predicted a fortnight ago, but there's no doubt who the bookmakers are now backing to seal the spoils.

England go into Sunday's showdown at Lord's as 1/3 favourites, overwhelming odds in a two-horse race. New Zealand are a distant 5/2, a reflection both of the spanking that they were handed up at Chester-le-Street in England's final group-stage fixture, and of England's formidable showing in their semi-final crushing of Australia.

That eight-wicket win was a complete team performance - led by England's seamers with the new ball, backed up by Adil Rashid's priceless spell of legspin in the middle overs, then sealed by a rampant 85 from Jason Roy, a batsman on a mission after his tournament was interrupted by a hamstring injury.

And sure enough, Roy leads the market for the Man of the Match award, although he has company, on 9/1, from his opening partner Jonny Bairstow - and given that they have just put together four century stands in a row, it's a fair assumption that one or both of them could carry their form into another telling display.

But Kane Williamson is also there, lurking at the top of the market on 9/1. And that really is a reflection of his importance to New Zealand's cause. If they are to cause an upset, their captain surely has to be front and centre of their challenge.