LONDON: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson thanked his side for the “fight” they showed throughout this entire campaign.
With both sides scoring 241 from their 50 overs, the final was decided on a super over, and the Black Caps failed to beat England’s score of 15.
The defeat was New Zealand’s second in successive World Cup finals after losing to Australia in 2015.
Williamson said: “I want to thank our side for the fight they showed throughout this entire campaign.”
“I have spoken a lot about uncontrollables and there were a couple of today, which were hard to swallow. England are deserved winners, take nothing away from them – it’s one of those things, eh,” he added.
“It has been challenging, the pitches have been a bit different to what we expected, there was a lot of talk about 300-plus scores, but we haven’t seen many of those,” he said.
Williamson, also captain in 2015, was named player of the tournament after scoring 578 runs in 10 innings.
“Both sides showed a lot of heart. To go down to the last ball, it’s tough. It’s devastating,” the player of the tournament said.