WELLINGTON – A group of rueful New Zealand players touched down on home soil on Thursday, still coming to terms with the gut-wrenching defeat to England in the World Cup final.
Pace bowler Trent Boult was among six Black Caps players making a low-key homecoming at Auckland airport, soaking up commiserations from a few fans and well-wishers.
The left-armer was still haunted by the deflection off Ben Stokes's bat in the 50th over that raced to the boundary and helped send the final into a Super Over before England claimed the win on the total boundaries scored.
It's natural to nitpick, to wonder about all those little things and how it could have been a totally different game, he told reporters at the airport. I've been living that last over in my mind a lot - somehow I got hit for six along the ground which has never happened before.
To see the scores level (after the Super Over) and still lose, yeah, that was a pretty unique situation.