LONDON – New Zealand coach Gary Stead says his team are tapping into the support they are getting from home as TV-watching fans prepare to burn the midnight oil to watch them take on England in Sunday's Cricket World Cup final.
The match is due to start at 10:30 – 21:30 in New Zealand – as the nation's cricket team attempts to emulate the All Blacks rugby side by being crowned world champions for the first time.
"We've had a lot of supportive messages and we're really excited about what's ahead," Stead told reporters at Lord's on Friday. "My understanding is it's on free-to-air back home, which is awesome.
"Many people will stay up late and I know a lot of them will be spending some late hours. Monday might be a holiday back home because most of New Zealand will be staying up watching the game."
England's eight-wicket thrashing of Australia in the semi-finals, a mauling of New Zealand in the group stages and home advantage are all factors that make the hosts heavy favourites.