Former New Zealand cricketer Scott Styris and current Kiwi all-rounder James Neesham took a cheeky dig at England after the English football team lost the 2020 Euro Cup final against Italy. The summit clash took place at the Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday.
After a nail-biting contest that went to the penalty shootouts, England lost the match 2-3 as the English trio of Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Buyako Saka missed their strikes.
After the game, both Styris and Neesham shared their views on social media and recalled England’s cricket team’s win at the 2019 Cricket World Cup against Black Caps.
Notably, the final between England and New Zealand involved a few controversies, with the biggest being how the winner was decided. First, the match ended in a tie, and then the Super-Over also ended in a draw.
However, England were still declared the champions as at that time according to ICC rule “if a Super Over ends in a tie, the team with more boundaries count will be declared the winner”. Though right after the World Cup final, the boundary count rule was scraped, and now a Super Over is followed by a 2nd Super Over in case the first one ends in a tie.
Styris took a dig at the boundary count rule, pointing out that England had more corners in the game (5) than Italy (3). Hence the Harry Kane-led side should have been crowned champions.
“I don’t understand… England had more corners …. they are the champions! #Stillsalty,” tweeted Styris.
I don't understand…. England had more corners …. they are the champions! #Stillsalty
— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) July 11, 2021
Neesham also came up with a hilarious take on the whole event. He asked if the Euro 2020 final could be decided by counting the passes made by each team.
“Why is it a penalty shootout and not just whoever made the most passes wins?” Neesham wrote on the micro-blogging website.
Why is it a penalty shootout and not just whoever made the most passes wins? 👀 #joking 😂
— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) July 11, 2021