Yardy savours emotional day
ECBtv caught up with Michael Yardy after England lifted the trophy
That Michael Yardy did not know how to celebrate when Paul Collingwood hit the winning runs is entirely understandable as the all-rounder did not expect to even be in the Caribbean.
The Sussex man proved an inspired if surprising selection and repaid the faith shown in him by delivering miserly over after miserly over as England cruised to their first world title.
Yardy had a quiet final but found his voice when Collingwood sparked the celebrations by clipping Shane Watson to the boundary.
"I don't really know what went through my mind," Yardy told ECBtv. "It was unbelievable. Sprint test results would be excellent if we were doing that all the time.
"It was a fantastic win, fantastic tournament. We've played really good cricket and since the Super Eights we've won our games reasonably comfortably. To beat Australia like that was fantastic."
Yardy admitted to feeling a few butterflies earlier in the day but settled down once Ryan Sidebottom dismissed Watson and Brad Haddin in quick succession, wickets that sandwiched Michael Lumb's superb run-out of David Warner.
"We were flying," said Yardy. "Originally I think everyone was reasonably nervous. For him to get those early wickets and then a brilliant run-out from Lumby set the tone for the game.
"They had a bit of a fightback but we knew it was a very good batting pitch and we proved that with the way we batted. Craig and KP were outstanding."
England have benefitted from Collingwood and team director Andy Flower imploring the players to play with no fear, and Yardy has enjoyed playing his part in the team's success.
"We've shown the brand of cricket we want to play," he said. "It's been fantastic for me to be a part of that.
"To watch people go out there and play with freedom is a special thing and we've shown we can get the results by doing it.
"The cricket we've played has been outstanding and long may it continue."
With so many thousands of fans making the journey to the Caribbean, Yardy admitted the England team felt like they were playing at home.
"It was an emotional day - massive crowd, huge English contingent which makes a massive difference," he said. "It felt like a home game. It's a very special and proud day for everyone.
"It's why you play for England because you know the support you are going to get. We are a very proud nation. It's a special thing to see the crowd and know the support back at home.
"We don't win World Cups very often. To win one is very special."