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British PM hosts World Cup champs

Last updated on: July 16, 2019 12:52 IST

England's cricket captain Eoin Morgan and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May with the trophy as they pose with the team outside number 10 at Downing Street in London

IMAGE: England Captain Eoin Morgan and his team-mates with British Prime Minister Theresa May and the World Cup trophy outside 10, Downing Street, the British PM's office and home, in London. Photograph: Peter Nicholls

British Prime Minister Theresa May hosted the World Cup-winning England cricket team in the garden of her Downing Street residence on Monday, describing their win as "one of the great sporting spectacles of our time".

 

England ended their 44-year wait for a first 50 overs world title by beating New Zealand in a nailbiting final Super Over on Sunday.

England's Eoin Morgan and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May with the trophy as they pose with the team outside number 10

May, a keen cricket fan, was at the match and, after the win, posted a video clip on Twitter of herself dancing.

The prime minister, who is due to stand down next week, greeted the players in front of her home and posed for pictures with the team and the trophy.

Members of the England Cricket Team including Liam Plunkett (2nd from left), Jason Roy (extreme right), Moeen Ali (2nd from right), Jos Buttler (3rd from right) share a laugh with Prime Minister Theresa May during a reception at 10 Downing Street on Monday

IMAGE: Liam Plunkett, second from left, Jason Roy, extreme right, Moeen Ali, second from right, Jos Buttler, third from right, share a laugh with Theresa May. Photograph: WPA Pool/Getty Images

"When the odds were against you in the biggest game of your lives, you simply and stubbornly refused to lose. It is that determination, that character, that has made you world champions. But, more than that, you have made history," May told the players during the drinks reception, according to remarks released by her office.

"You have helped the nation fall in love with cricket once again," she said, adding that the match was "a final for the ages".

England's Eoin Morgan and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May lift the trophy as they pose with the team outside number 10

"The final was not just cricket at its best but sport at its best -- courage, character, sportsmanship, drama, incredible skill and even the odd slice of luck -- all combining to create a real thriller, one of the great sporting spectacles of our time," she added.

May added, "It was a fitting end to what has been a great tournament -- and I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in once again making our country a sporting showcase for the world."

Since being unceremoniously dumped out of the 2015 World Cup in Australia, the England side have reinvented themselves as one-day cricket specialists and headed into the World Cup as overwhelming favourites.

The match, which England won by the thinnest of margins after a tie-break Super Over, was watched by more than 8 million people in Britain.

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