New Zealand coach Gary Stead says adapting to conditions will be the key in World Cup 2019 finals

Stead went on to add that New Zealand - who ended as the runners-up in 2015 - have learnt from their mistakes, and will be a tough team to beat in the finals of the World Cup 2019 against England
New Zealand coach Gary Stead says adapting to conditions will be the key in World Cup 2019 finalsNew Zealand coach Gary Stead says adapting to conditions will be the key in World Cup 2019 finals
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New Zealand coach Gary Stead believes that adapting to situations and conditions is of more importance than playing the "perfect game" as their win over the India in the semis of the World Cup 2019 displayed. 

Ahead of the finals against England on Sunday, Stead beleived that his team had the skills to outwit the hosts. 

"We don't have to play the perfect game. What we have to do is to be able to adapt to conditions in front of us. Working out that 240 (vs India) is a good score is the strength the guys have, especially the middle order. Guys like Kane, Ross, Tom Latham, they have a lot of experience," Stead said during a media conference.

"I don't know who is the underdog here. That is for the media to say. We are going in with a 50-50 chance and we need to be a little bit better than England on Sunday," he said.

"There is pressure on both teams. The exciting thing is that both teams have not won the World Cup and both have experience of finals. But since England and India were looked at as winners, maybe there is more pressure on them," Stead said.

He also went on to add that New Zealand , who had ended as the runners-up in 2015, have learnt from their mistakes and know what not to repeat in the summit clash. 

"What have we learnt from that experience ... there are a lot of similarities between the two occasions. We have seven guys who had experience of being part of that squad playing then.

"But at the end of the day, it's a game of cricket — there will be one team which will be happy and one team which will be disappointed. We are trying to keep it as realistic as we can," the coach said.

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