2015 ICC Cricket World Cup FINAL | Day 44 | Match 49 | Australia v New Zealand | LIVE from the Melbourne Cricket Ground

2015 ICC Cricket World Cup FINAL | Day 44 | Match 49 | Australia v New Zealand | LIVE from the Melbourne Cricket Ground

2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Final
Australia v New Zealand
LIVE from the Melbourne Cricket Ground
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12:30pm | It’s Day 44, and after 48 matches, we’ve made it to the last Sunday in March, and the eyes of the Cricket world, and the sporting fraternity of Australia and New Zealand, are on Melbourne, Australia, and the mecca that is the Melbourne Cricket Ground, for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Final… a match that promises so much after everything we’ve seen so far in this tournament… it will be a Trans-Tasman clash that we’ll never forget.

Hello everyone, and welcome to the MCG… Welcome to the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Final… one of the most-hyped cricket matches we’ve ever seen on Australian soil.

It’s the two old rivals… Australia against New Zealand, just 27 days out from the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli… a fitting finale in a momentous year for the two nations… they were the best of Pool A… they were unstoppable in the knockout phase, and now it’s a rematch of that classic at Eden Park just a month ago.

New Zealand come into the game as underdogs, despite the fact that they’re undefeated in the tournament, and that comes down to two factors:
1. They’re playing away from home for the first time in the tournament… all their previous eight matches have been played in New Zealand.
2. This is their first final. It’s at the MCG… it’s a bigger ground than most in world cricket, and Australia are usually so dominant on their home soil.

This match is a SELL OUT, and the 90,000+ strong crowd here are in for a treat, especially if the likes of McCullum and Warner fire with the bat for their respective teams.

The Toss comes your way at 2pm… the match starts at 2:30pm… the countdown is on, and we can’t wait to get underway.

Australia are gunning for their fifth World Cup victory, in their seventh final appearance… let’s have a look at Australia in the World Cup Final.

Australia in World Cup Finals

Date Opponent Result Venue
1975 West Indies Lost by 17 runs Lord’s, London
1987 England Won by 7 runs Eden Gardens, Calcutta
1996 Sri Lanka Lost by 7 wickets Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
1999 Pakistan Won by 8 wickets Lord’s, London
2003 India Won by 125 runs Wanderers, Johannesburg
2007 Sri Lanka Won by 53 runs (D/L) Kensington Oval (Barbados)

This 2015 tournament has been superb for both teams… Australia have only played seven matches, after the match with Bangladesh at the GABBA was washed out… they’ve had one loss, that came against New Zealand in Auckland, and their form when travelling isn’t as strong as their home form, and that’s been proven in this World Cup, as they have been flawless on home soil thus far, and they’ll be hoping that continues today!

Australia’s road to the final

Date Opponent Result Venue
February 14th England Won by 111 runs MCG
February 21st Bangladesh WASH OUT | NO RESULT GABBA, Brisbane
February 28th New Zealand Lost by 1 wicket Eden Park, Auckland
March 4th Afghanistan Won by 275 runs WACA Ground, Perth
March 8th Sri Lanka Won by 64 Runs SCG
March 14th Scotland Won by 7 wickets Blundstone Arena
March 20th Pakistan Won by 6 wickets Adelaide Oval
March 26th India Won by 95 runs SCG

Victory in Tuesday Night’s Semi-Final ended New Zealand’s bad luck in World Cup Semi-Finals… it was their seventh semi-final appearance, and only their first win.
Like 1992, their group stage form was simply brilliant… undefeated against all opponents, including big teams England, Sri Lanka and Australia.
A thrilling quarter-final performance from Martin Guptill, who scored 237 off 163 balls, remained not out, and set all sorts of records, helped the Blackcaps to a huge win against the West Indies… that set up the semi-final showdown with South Africa, and we all know what happened there… Grant Elliott the hero, South Africa in despair, and the Blackcaps on the plane to Melbourne, for a chance to win limited-overs Cricket’s big prize.

New Zealand’s road to the final

Date Opponent Result Venue
February 14th Sri Lanka Won by 98 runs Hagley Oval
February 17th Scotland Won by 3 wickets University Oval
February 20th England Won by 8 wickets Westpac Stadium
February 28th Australia Won by 1 wicket Eden Park
March 8th Afghanistan Won by 6 wickets McLean Park
March 13th Bangladesh Won by 3 wickets Seddon Park
March 21st West Indies Won by 143 runs Westpac Stadium
March 24th South Africa Won by 4 wickets (D/L) Eden Park

Plenty still to come from the MCG… we’re underway on World Cup Final day… stick with us!

1:50pm | Hello again from the Melbourne Cricket Ground, where the excitement is building, the crowd is rolling through the turnstile, and the tension is mounting… this will be one of the occasions where everyone in the stadium, and all those watching around the world, will be on the edge of their seat from first until last.

Captains will be with us soon… the World Cup Final is less than 40 minutes away.
The Kiwis are playing for Martin Crowe, who is very poor health at the moment, and the Australians are playing for Michael Clarke, who announced yesterday, that this would be his last ODI for Australia.

We’re back with the toss for you in just a moment!

2pm | Welcome to the MCG for anyone who be just tuning in for the first time today… it’s the World Cup Final, between Australia and New Zealand…

The Aussies are marginal favourites today, but the Kiwis have drawn first blood.

The BREAKING NEWS from the MCG, is that New Zealand have won the toss, and elected to BAT first… chasing here won’t be easy for Australia, and a final has only ever been won by the team batting second THREE TIMES… Sri Lanka (1996), Australia (1999), and India (2011)!

We’ll confirm the two teams for you in just a moment!

2:15pm | Hello again from the MCG… Brendon McCullum won the toss… New Zealand are batting first.

Both teams are unchanged from their respective semi-finals… let’s confirm them for you!

FINAL - Aus FINAL - NZ

Anthems are coming up… then, it’s Starc v McCullum… the first contest within a contest is not far away, and we can’t wait.

It’s a staggering atmosphere at the MCG… we’re ready for the biggest one day international at this venue since 1992, and maybe ever.

The Aussies against the Blackcaps in just a moment!

2:30pm  | 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Final
Australia v New Zealand
LIVE from the Melbourne Cricket Ground
New Zealand won the toss, chose to bat first.
New Zealand 0/0 (0)
Brendon McCullum 0* (0) | Martin Guptill 0* (0)
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Hello again from the Melbourne Cricket Ground, where the stage is set for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Final… this is a flat pitch, the boundaries aren’t as long as they normally are… the ball hasn’t swung here all tournament, which could make life difficult for the New Zealand bowlers, but for the batsmen… this outfield is electrifyingly quick…

So, the verdict… New Zealand will bat first. This is unlike anything we’ve ever experienced in Trans-Tasman sport… Cricket has never been as popular as it is right now… Brendon McCullum is opening the batting with Martin Guptill… Michael Clarke is leading the Australians for the last time in this form of the game… Mitchell Starc has the new ball, and a HUGE crowd of over 90,000 are in the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and PUMPED, as we go up to the commentary box, and say hi to Nasser Hussain, Ian Smith and Mark Taylor!

2:20pm | New Zealand 1/1 (0.5) | Kane Williamson 0* (0) | Martin Guptill 1* (2)

BOWLED HIM… MITCHELL STARC, WHO’S HAS BEEN SO GOOD WITH THE NEW BALL IN THIS WORLD CUP, GETS ARGUABLY HIS BIGGEST WICKET OF THE TOURNAMENT, AND CHEAPLY TOO…
BRENDON MCCULLUM IS GONE FOR A DUCK… HE ONLY FACED THREE BALLS, AND THAT’S A HUGE BLOW TO NEW ZEALAND!

AUSTRALIA STRIKE VERY EARLY… IT’S 1/1!

McCullum | b Starc | 0 (3) | FOW 1/1 (0.5)!

3:03pm | New Zealand 1/23 (7)
Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson are going along nicely… there’s been a few anxious moments since the departure of Brendon McCullum, but they’ve added 22 in just over 6 overs, so now they can hopefully build on that.

Change in commentary, Allan Border, Simon Doull and Harsha Bhogle!

3:20pm | New Zealand 2/33 (7) | Kane Williamson 12* (31) | Ross Taylor 0* (0)

BOWLED HIM… GLENN MAXWELL STRIKES WITH HIS SECOND BALL… GUPTILL, THE HIGHEST RUN SCORER IN THE WORLD CUP, DEPARTS… TWICE AUSTRALIA HAVE STRUCK TODAY… TWICE THEY’VE HIT THE STUMPS.

IT’S 2/33 AFTER 11.2.

Martin Guptill | b Maxwell | 15 (34) | FOW 2/33 (11.2)

Ross Taylor joins Kane Williamson… as Maxwell continues, and so to do Messers Border, Doull and Bhogle!

3:25pm | New Zealand 3/39 (12.2) | Grant Elliott 0* (0) | Ross Taylor 6* (4)

GOT HIM… CRACKING CATCH FROM MITCHELL JOHNSON, AND THE BLACK CAPS ARE IN A HELL OF A LOT OF TROUBLE SO EARLY ON AT THE MCG!

Williamson | c & b Johnson | 12 (33) | FOW 3/39 (12.2)

Grant Elliott… the hero from Tuesday is in very early… one thinks he may need another heroic performance here. 3/39!

3:43pm | New Zealand 3/51 (16) – DRINKS
Grant Elliott 5* (8) | Ross Taylor 13* (18)

Drinks at the MCG, in the World Cup Final… New Zealand are on the back foot here, but they’ve got two men at the crease, who are capable of resurrecting this innings, and getting New Zealand back in the contest…
270+ would be the target from here you would think, but 250 upwards would give them hope that they’re a chance of restricting the Australians, and winning this contest, as Shane Warne, Sourav Ganguly and Mark Nicholas take over commentary!

4:31pm | New Zealand 3/115 (28) | Grant Elliott 50* (51) | Ross Taylor 29* (47)

FIFTY for Grant Elliott… I said earlier that he’d need another heroic performance to keep New Zealand alive… and so far he’s delivering… they’re well and truly in the fight here.

Mitchell Johnson is back into the attack, and Mark Waugh, Simon Doull and Mark Nicholas are taking over in the commentary box!

4:50pm | New Zealand 3/134 (33) | DRINKS
Grant Elliott 62* (64) | Ross Taylor 35* (64)

This has been a good fightback from New Zealand… there have been a few “hold your breath” moments, but none have carried to Australian hands…

This partnership is proving to be very valuable, and they’ll get the chance to put the foot down very soon, one would think!
250 is still very gettable from here… we’ve got the powerplay coming up n 2 overs, but for now… let’s return to Mark Waugh, Simon Doull and Mark Nicholas at the MCG!

5:05pm | New Zealand 4/150 (35.1) | Grant Elliott 72* (69) | Corey Anderson 0* (0)

GOT HIM… FIRST BALL OF THE POWERPLAY, AND FAULKNER HAS STRUCK… FOURTH DIFFERENT BOWLER TO PICK UP A WICKET THIS AFTERNOON, AND THIS TIME, IT’S ROSS TAYLOR!

Taylor | c Haddin, b Faulkner | 40 (72) | FOW 4/150 (35.1)

Good effort from Ross Taylor… got the New Zealand innings back on-track, but unfortunately, he couldn’t go on with it. 4/150!

5:07pm | New Zealand 5/150 (35.3) | Grant Elliott 72* (69) | Luke Ronchi 0* (0)

BOWLED HIM!!! TWO IN THREE BALLS… FAULKNER’S DONE THE DAMAGE, AND ANDERSON IS ON HIS WAY!

Anderson | b Faulkner | 0 (2) | FOW 5/150 (35.3)

It’s all happening at the MCG… Ronchi joins Elliott, and Ian Smith, Harsha Bhogle and Mark Taylor take over commentary!

5:11pm | New Zealand 6/151 (36.2) | Grant Elliott 73* (70) | Luke Ronchi 0* (0)

GONE… GREAT CATCH, MICHAEL CLARKE… NEW ZEALAND ARE CAPITULATING AT THE MCG… THEY’VE LOST 3/1 IN 8 BALLS, AT THE START OF THE BATTING POWERPLAY, AND THAT PREDICTED TOTAL OF 250 APPEARS TO BE A LONG WAY AWAY NOW!
RONCHI COULDN’T GET GOING… STARC GETS HIM WITH A BEAUTY… IT’S HIS SECOND WICKET, AND IT’S 6/151!

Ronchi | c Clarke, b Starc | 0 (4) | FOW 6/151 (36.2)

5:36pm | New Zealand 7/167 (41) | Grant Elliott 79* (77) | Tim Southee 0* (0)

BOWLED HIM… MITCHELL JOHNSON WITH A PEACH OF A DELIVERY… HE’S GOT DANIEL VETTORI, AND NEW ZEALAND HAVE LOST 3/17 IN SIX OVERS! IT’S 7/167!

Vettori | b Johnson | 9 (21) | FOW 7/167 (41)

Nine overs left… and it’s important that the Black Caps bat them out… here are Mark Taylor, Ian Smith and Harsha Bhogle!

5:41pm | New Zealand 8/171 (41.5) | Matt Henry 0* (0) | Tim Southee 0* (0)

GOT HIM… IT’S ELLIOTT… HE WAS NEW ZEALAND’S LAST HOPE, AND NOW THE TAIL WILL NEED TO WAG IF THEY’RE ANY CHANCE OF SETTING A COMPETITIVE TOTAL… IT’S 8/171!

Elliott | c Haddin, b Faulkner 83 (82) | FOW 8/171 (41.5)

Matt Henry joins Tim Southee, as Allan Border, Shane Warne and Nasser Hussain take over commentary.

5:55pm | New Zealand 9/182 (44.5) | Trent Boult 0* (0) | Tim Southee 11* (11)
GOT HIM… FULL AND WIDE, AND HENRY SLASHED AT IT, AND HIT IT STRAIGHT TO MITCHELL STARC ON THE EDGE OF THE 30-YARD CIRCLE ON THE OFFSIDE!

THE JOB IS NEARLY DONE FOR AUSTRALIA… IT’S 9/182!

Henry | c Starc, b Johnson | 0 (7) | 9/182 (44.5)

Boult is the last man in for New Zealand, who surely will be disappointed with how things have gone out on the MCG pitch this afternoon!

5:58pm 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Final
Australia v New Zealand
LIVE from the Melbourne Cricket Ground
New Zealand won the toss, chose to bat first.
New Zealand 10/183 (45)
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OUT… BRILLIANT FIELDING FROM MAXWELL, AND HIS GOT SOUTHEE OUT WITH A DIRECT HIT!

Southee | run out | 11 (11) | FOW 10/183 (45)

So, Australia have got half the job done… magnificent effort from the entire team… Starc was brilliant, Johnson and Faulkner got three each, and as has been the case all the way through, the fielding was outstanding.

Glenn Maxwell got a wicket early on, and finished off his contribution with a super piece of fielding, which run a very lazy Tim Southee out…

The target is 184 if they’re to claim their fifth ICC Cricket World Cup… join us for the run chase at 6:45pm AEDST!

Goodbye for now!

Australia | 0/0 (0)
Target: 184
Wickets in Hand: 10
Overs Remaining: 50
Required Run-Rate: 3.68

6:20pm |  We’re not far away from the Australian run chase here at the MCG, so before we get underway… let’s have a look at the full batting and bowling card for you:

Batsman New Zealand Innings Runs Balls FOW
Martin Guptill b Maxwell 15 34 2/33 (11.2)
Brendon McCullum (c) b Starc 0 3 1/1 (0.5)
Kane Williamson c & b Johnson 12 33 3/39 (12.2)
Ross Taylor c Haddin, b Faulkner 40 72 4/150 (35.1)
Grant Elliott c Haddin, b Faulkner 83 82 8/171 (41.5)
Corey Anderson b Faulkner 0 2 5/150 (35.3)
Luke Ronchi c Clarke, b Starc 0 4 6/151 (36.2)
Daniel Vettori b Johnson 9 21 7/167 (41)
Tim Southee run out 11 11 10/183 (45)
Matt Henry c Starc, b Johnson 0 7 9/182 (44.5)
Trent Boult not out 0 1 N/A
Overs Total Run Rate
Extras: 13 [7lb, 6w] 45 183 4.06/over

Australian Bowling.

Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Economy
Mitchell Starc 8 0 20 2 2.50
Josh Hazlewood 8 2 30 0 3.75
Mitchell Johnson 9 0 30 3 3.33
Glenn Maxwell 7 0 37 1 5.28
James Faulkner 9 1 36 3 4.00
Shane Watson 4 0 23 0 5.75

There’s no doubt that Australia have the advantage here… New Zealand fell well short of what they wanted to score, no doubt… but, they’ll put up a fight… chasing small targets is never easy, and Australia have been known to make difficult work of them in the past, so New Zealand will fight… this match is far from over.

The run chase is next!

6:45pm | Whilst we wait for play to resume here, we want to remind you that the next LIVE Cricket we’ll be bring you on Zak Sports is only 101 days away… and it’s the other coveted prize in the game of cricket… the ball will be red… the clothes will be white… the battle will be for that famous little urn, and the Australians are heading back to England, to try and win a series on English soil for the first time since 2001!

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6:45pm | 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Final
Australia v New Zealand
LIVE from the Melbourne Cricket Ground
New Zealand won the toss, chose to bat first.
New Zealand 10/183 (45) | Australia 0/0 (0)
David Warner 0* (0) | Aaron Finch 0* (0)
Australia requires 184 runs to win.
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Australia | 0/0 (0)
Target: 184
Wickets in Hand: 10
Overs Remaining: 50
Required Run-Rate: 3.68

Hello again from the Melbourne Cricket Ground… we’re ready for the final session of play in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup… It’s Australia chasing 184, and their fifth ICC Cricket World Cup.

It’s not the most difficult of tasks, but small chases have been difficult for Australia in the past, so New Zealand won’t be giving up without a fight.

David Warner’s ready to go… so to is Tim Southee, and the three men who’ll talk you through the opening thirty minutes are Rahul Dravid, Simon Doull and Mark Taylor!

6:49pm | New Zealand 10/183 (45) | Australia 1/2 (1.4)
David Warner 0* (0) | Steven Smith 0* (0)
Australia requires 182 runs to win | NZ need 9 wickets

GOT HIM!!! EARLY BREAKTHROUGH FOR NEW ZEALAND, AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT THEY NEEDED… FINCH HAS GOT A THICK INSIDE EDGE, AND IT’S LOBBED UP PERFECTLY FOR TRENT BOULT! 1/2!

Finch | c & b Boult | 0 (5) | FOW 1/2 (1.4)

Steven Smith is the new man in.

7:12pm | New Zealand 10/183 (45) | Australia 1/41 (7)
David Warner 28* (24) | Steven Smith 9* (13)
Australia requires 143 runs to win | NZ need 9 wickets

Solid start for Australia, despite the loss of Aaron Finch… Warner and Smith are batting superbly… making this look very easy indeed, as Shane Warne, Harsha Bhogle and Nasser Hussain take over commentary!

7:34pm | New Zealand 10/183 (45) | Australia 2/62 (12.2)
Michael Clarke 0* (0) | Steven Smith 14* (23)
Australia requires 143 runs to win | NZ need 8 wickets
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GONE… GOOD CAPTAINCY FROM BRENDON MCCULLUM, TO PUT THE FIELDER BACK THERE, AND THE BOWLING LURED WARNER INTO THE TRAP, AND HE’S OUT!

WARNER GOES, BUT NOT BEFORE HE’S DONE SOME DAMAGE… IMPORTANT, MUCH NEEDED WICKET FOR NEW ZEALAND… IT’S 2/62!

Warner | c Elliott, b Henry | 45 (46) | FOW 2/63 (12.2)

Michael Clarke enters the arena, for his last innings in limited-overs Cricket… massive ovation from this magnificent crowd at the MCG, as we rejoin Nasser Hussain, Shane Warne and Harsha Bhogle!

8:34pm | New Zealand 10/183 (45) | Australia 2/138 (26.3)
Michael Clarke 50* (56) | Steven Smith 35* (52)
Australia requires 46 runs to win | NZ need 8 wickets.

THERE IT IS… FIFTY FOR THE AUSTRALIAN CAPTAIN!!!
WHAT A WAY TO REMEMBER YOUR LAST ONE DAY INTERNATIONAL… THERE’S NOT ENOUGH RUNS LEFT FOR HIM TO GET A CENTURY, BUT THIS IS A CLASSIC CLARKE PERFORMANCE, AND IF HE CAN REMAIN NOT OUT, IT’D BE A GREAT WAY TO FAREWELL THE ODI SCENE!

Smith remains on 35 at the other end, as Mark Waugh, Graeme Smith, and Shane Warne take over commentary!

8:56pm | New Zealand 10/183 (45) | Australia 3/175 (31.1)
Shane Watson 0* (0) | Steven Smith 47* (64)
Australia requires 9 runs to win | NZ need 7 wickets

GOT HIM!!! BOWLED HIM!!!
MICHAEL CLARKE IS OUT… THE CAPTAIN DEPARTS THE ONE DAY INTERNATIONAL SCENE FOR THE LAST TIME… A TREMENDOUS CAREER, AND A GREAT INNINGS TO FINISH IT OFF! 3/175… THE JOB IS NEARLY DONE!

Clarke | b Henry | 74 (72) | FOW 3/175 (31.1)

Shane Watson joins the unflappable Steven Smith, as Mark Waugh is joined by Mark Taylor and Ian Smith in the commentary box!

9:10pm | 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Final
Australia v New Zealand
LIVE from the Melbourne Cricket Ground
New Zealand won the toss, chose to bat first.
New Zealand 10/183 (45) | Australia 3/186 (33.1)
Shane Watson 2* (5) | Steven Smith 56* (71)
Australia wins by 7 wickets | claim 5th ICC Cricket World Cup.
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THERE IT IS… SMITH GETS FOUR… THE GOLDEN BOY OF THE SUMMER FINISHES IT OFF FOR AUSTRALIA… IT’S A FIFTH WORLD CUP FOR AUSTRALIA… MICHAEL CLARKE GETS HIS FIRST AS CAPTAIN, AND GOES OUT IN STYLE… THE WORLD CUP TROPHY IS BACK IN THE AUSTRALIAN CABINET FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2007!

THIS CROWD HAS ERUPTED AT THE MCG… A GROUND RECORD 93,013 HAS WITNESSED A SPECIAL DAY IN AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND CRICKET HISTORY!

Plenty still to come from the MCG… the presentations and a whole lot more… it’s Australia’s day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground… stick with us!

9:29pm | Here’s how it finished up for you… Australia did it comfortably in the end!

Batsman Australian Innings Runs Balls FOW
Aaron Finch c & b Boult 0 5 1/2 (1.4)
David Warner c Elliott, b Henry 45 46 2/63 (12.2)
Steven Smith not out 56 71 N/A
Michael Clarke (c) b Henry 74 72 3/175 (31.1)
Shane Watson not out 2 5 N/A
Overs Total Run Rate
Extras: 9 [3lb, 6w] 33.1 3/186 5.60

 

Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Economy
Tim Southee 8 0 65 0 8.12
Trent Boult 10 0 40 1 4.00
Daniel Vettori 5 0 25 0 5.00
Matt Henry 9.1 0 46 2 5.01
Corey Anderson 1 0 7 0 7.00

10pm | 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Final | Australia v New Zealand
LIVE from the Melbourne Cricket Ground
Attendance: 93,013
Man of the Match: James Faulkner (Australia)
Man of the Tournament: Mitchell Starc (Australia)

Presentation time at the MCG… Man of the Match is James Faulkner, who grabbed 3 wickets tonight… two of which came in the first three balls of the powerplay batting powerplay, ripping New Zealand apart, and taking away any chance they had of setting a defendable target tonight… well deserved award for Faulkner, who’s had a reasonable tournament.

Plenty of candidates for the Man of the Series award, but the selection panels choice is Mitchell Starc, who claimed 22 wickets in this tournament, including best figures of 6/28… at an average of 10.18, and economy of 3.58… he was the best bowler of the tournament… it was the event where he finally cemented his spot in this team,  he emerged as a fine young talent, and showcased what a star he is… some of the best swing bowling we’ve seen since the great Wasim Akram… and hopefully for Starc, it’s the start of things to come…

We’ve also said goodbye to some great cricketers during this tournament, including Michael Clarke, who’ll still be around for Test Matches, as will the great Sri Lankan, Kumar Sangakkara, who was simply brilliant in this tournament.

So, Australia are the World Champions… they were brilliant today, and we’ll be back to wrap it up in just a moment!

11pm | 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Final
Australia v New Zealand
LIVE from the Melbourne Cricket Ground
New Zealand won the toss, chose to bat first.
New Zealand 10/183 (45) | Australia 3/186 (33.1)
Australia wins by 7 wickets | claim 5th ICC Cricket World Cup.
Attendance: 93,013
Man of the Match: James Faulkner (Australia)
Man of the Tournament: Mitchell Starc (Australia)
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Hello again from the Melbourne Cricket Ground, where if you’re just joining us, you won’t know that Australia has won its fifth ICC Cricket World Cup, after thumping New Zealand by 7 wickets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground this evening… a convincing win… a dominant performance… set up by Mitchell Starc and James Faulkner… finished off by Steven Smith, David Warner and Michael Clarke.

The win seals the end of a great comeback story by this team… remember, it was only 19 months ago that they were defeated 3-0 by England, in England, in the 2013 Ashes Series… from there, they came back home and obliterated England to the tune of 5-0, lost only one match all summer (an ODI in Perth), and then headed to South Africa, where they won both the T20 and the Test Series.

After a tour to Zimbabwe, they returned home to conquer South Africa, 2-1 in the T20 series, and 4-1 in the Carlton Mid Series.

Heartbreak followed, with the tragic loss of Phil Hughes. That defining moment of the summer rocked the nation, our Cricketers, and the Cricketing world at large… and it’s followed the Australian team everywhere they’ve went ever since.

Australia then managed to go through the remainder of the Australian summer undefeated. A Test Series win over India, and the Carlton Mid Tri-Series win over England and India set them up very nicely, for the World Cup that followed.

They only lost 2 ODI’s all summer… both were low scoring matches… the ODI against South Africa in Perth, and the World Cup match against New Zealand at Eden Park… safe to say, they’ve been dominant on home soil, and that domination continued tonight at the MCG.

They are the champions of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup… we are delighted, and they are richly deserving of it.

New Zealand, by no means disgraced tonight… throughout the last 44 days, they’ve turned a nation of Rugby diehards into Cricket tragics, and no one will ever forget that epic semi-final from Tuesday Night.

They leave as runners-up officially, but they’ve won a lot of fans, and are viewed as winners in the eyes of many… they performed outstandingly well in this tournament, and can hold their heads very high… a first world cup final, and I dare say it won’t be their last.

Unfortunately, a lot of people will say they played their final one match too early… but, that’s not true… they were just outplayed by the superior Australian team.
There’s no doubt that today’s game changed on two occasions… firstly, when Mitchell Starc cleaned up Brendon McCullum’s stumps, and the Black Caps skipper was on his way for a duck. Then, when James Faulkner claimed two wickets in the first three balls of the powerplay… that ripped the Black Caps apart, and Australia were clear favourites for victory.

It’s been 44 days, and 49 matches of great drama… there’s been some great moments… who will ever forget the day when Afghanistan scored their first ever victory, or when AB De Villiers turned it on at the Sydney Cricket Ground against the West Indies… the fact that the Proteas scored 400+ in consecutive innings… what about the double-hundred from Chris Gayle, topped only by Martin Guptill, and of course, the four consecutive centuries from Kumar Sangakkara, re-writing the history books.

Then, of course, there were the two magical moments at Eden Park… thrillers won by New Zealand against Australia, and then South Africa… Mark Nicholas stated earlier that South Africa have probably been involved in the three best ODI’s ever played… the tie against Australia in 1999, that semi-final on Tuesday, and of course, that magical day at the Bullring when they chased down 434, to beat Australia in 2006.

The most talked about moment in this World Cup though, was when Bangladesh defeated England in Adelaide, and knocked the Lions out of the World Cup… that was a HUGE moment, and one that will be remembered and talked about forever.

South Africa and India were brilliant in this tournament… you know you’ve been treated to something special when the final four teams are the best in the game, and they can certainly be proud of their performances here.

But, the tournament belongs to Australia… a fifth world cup, their first on home soil, to go with victories in England, India, the Caribbean and South Africa, and they have truly cemented their spot as the best team in the land.

So, let’s wrap it up… the Aussies head from here to a well deserved party, no doubt… but, then they’ll get serious again, and head to the Caribbean for a two-match Test Series against the might of the West Indies, who are a far different team when playing on home soil.

2015 Ashes Series | 1st Test
England v Australia
SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff (Wales)
Wednesday July 8 – Sunday July 12
LIVE coverage on Zak Sports Media, daily from 7:30pm AEST

Now, the next time we’ll be with you for International Cricket, the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff will be the venue… the place will be full… the ball will be red, the clothes will be white… the battle will be for the Ashes… the excitement, the intensity and the drama will be the stuff of Cricketing legend… We can’t wait!

In the meantime… Australia are the best in the Cricket World.

We hope you’ve enjoyed the Summer of Cricket… can’t wait to do it all again next summer, but in the middle… the Ashes await.

We’ll see you then… from all of us at Zak Sports Media… thanks for a great summer.
Goodnight!

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