Pakistan, which progressed to the decider with a stirring triumph over New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday, opted for a rest day after training on Friday.

The two nations did not meet earlier in the World Cup, although England edged Pakistan in a warm-up game and also claimed a recent seven-game series in Pakistan 4-3.

It’s been 30 years since Pakistan’s “cornered tigers” defeated England at the MCG to win the country’s first World Cup in the 50-over format.

Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam, 28, was not alive for the famous triumph. But the opening batter is mindful of the significance of that success in Pakistan and determined to create his own captaincy legacy.

“Of course, there are similarities,” he said. “But we will try to win, as it is an honor for me to lead this team, especially on this big ground.”

Resilience throughout this tournament and also from an individual perspective has been a theme for both nations throughout the World Cup.

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