ENGLAND'S iconic 2005 Ashes win could be edged out as the greatest moment in the nation's cricketing history thanks to their World Cup heroics, according to Matthew Hoggard.
Eoin Morgan's men edged to a thrilling win at Lord's on Sunday to win their first-ever World Cup crown.
And with a big Ashes series around the corner, Hoggard – a hero of that 2005 triumph – reckons this 2019 crop could just go down as the best-ever.
Speaking for SportNation.bet, Hoggy said: "I think it's hard to compare eras. But you have to compare the excitement of the games and the way we went and won the World Cup, you can't get any better.
"You cannot script a tournament that has a more exciting finish than a tied game then a tied Super Over.
"That is the dream for the organisation, wanting excitement right down to the last ball.
"Before the game the New Zealand fans were saying they hope it's a close game that goes right down to the 100th over and that's what they wanted, a close contest that will be decided at the end of the game.
"Well they got more than that didn't they? Double the excitement!"
England will now turn their attention to this summer's Ashes series with old enemy Australia.
I believe Stokes, if he continues on the path, could be the best ever all-rounder once he retires.
And Hoggard believes winning that – on top of the World Cup triumph – will all add up to England's greatest moment in cricketing history.
The ex-Yorkshire swing star said: "Both sides have won the Ashes in recent years so it's going to need to be a great spectacle to live up to the drama of 2005.
"But if England win the Ashes and the World Cup then you've got to say that this will be the greatest moment in England Cricket's history."
Hoggard went on to say the role Ben Stokes has played this summer has put him on track to becoming the greatest all-rounder of all-time.
He added: "If you want the pinnacle of the best all rounder – a lot of people will say Gary Sobers but you can't look further than Jacques Kallis who is the best all-rounder I have ever seen.
"But I do believe Stokes, if he continues on the path, could be the best ever once he retires.
"In the eyes of the public he's gone from zero to hero, bowling that over that went for 24 in the T20 World Cup and the unfortunate incident outside the Bristol nightclub.
END OF AN ERA?
"He's worked hard but the mark of a true all-rounder is if you can get into your side as a bowler and Ben Stokes would, he does so much for both bat and ball and he's a gun fielder.
"He is a genuine all-rounder who is fantastic with both sets of hands who has taken the ownership to save England's World Cup.
"But to then go and be the batsman in the Super Over tells you all you need to know about the man – he thrives on being that big game player.
"It's difficult to choose between him, Flintoff and Botham as the latter played in a different era, Flintoff in 2005 was untouchable and was the best player on the planet at the time."
However, Hoggard did go on to say he believes this could be the end of an era for the famous James Anderson-Stuart Broad tandem.
Hoggy said: "Anderson and Broad are coming to the latter stages of their careers but they're the most dangerous bowlers England have ever had, the best opening partnership we've had so we can't ignore that.
"Over recent series we have left one of them out to accommodate some more swing so it isn't a shoo-in that both will be in the first Ashes team.
"Yes they might be in the squad but there's a chance they might not be in the team and you've got the likes of Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood with their pace…
"Then there's James Porter at Essex, the Overton twins down in Somerset… we've got a lot of fast bowling talent trying to break through.
"But at the moment we've got two of our finest ever bowlers with the rights to the shirt but now they've got to carry on performing, with the other guys knocking on the door."
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