From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
After winning the toss and electing to bat New Zealand posted 183 runs in the first innings of the Cricket World Cup Final against Australia at the MCG.
The 2015 Cricket World Cup Final pits an undefeated New Zealand side up against the most successful team in the tournament’s history, Australia, with the action kicking off at the MCG from 2:30pm (AEDT).
For just the second time, two host nations of the Cricket World Cup will play off for the big prize.
Michael Clarke hijacked the World Cup final yesterday by announcing his retirement from the 50-over game, effective as of tonight.
BREAKING: Michael Clarke has announced he will retire from One Day International cricket after Sunday’s Cricket World Cup final.
And so it comes down to this. Australia versus New Zealand. Big brother versus little brother. Deserts versus mountains. Emus versus kiwis.
Australia’s recent glories in Test cricket have been the work of a core group of veterans.
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The end of Michael Clarke’s ODI career is nigh, but the same can’t be said of his Test playing days.
There could be no better place for New Zealand to complete a World Cup fairytale than the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Australia have successfully targeted opposition spinners repeatedly during this World Cup.
Since the final was introduced into the Sheffield Shield competition in 1982-83, there have only been a handful of close finishes.
New Zealand is slightly bigger than Victoria with a national population smaller than Sydney, yet they stand tall on the international sporting scene.
Kiwis have turned the size of the MCG into a running joke on social media, but Aaron Finch believes it is no laughing matter.
Steve Smith has stepped up to first drop in Australia’s ODI team and could do the same for the Test side later this year.
MS Dhoni has been forced to defend his future in the game as Indian fans took to the streets to protest his side’s semi-final exit from cricket’s World Cup at the hands of Australia.
Michael Clarke believes a woeful batting collapse in Auckland proved a timely “kick up the backside” for the World Cup favourites.
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Greatness lies at the feet of both New Zealand and Australia as they meet in the 2015 World Cup final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 2:30pm (AEDT).
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Australia and New Zealand are the two best ODI teams in the world and fittingly they’ll square off in the final of the Cricket World Cup.
Cricket’s World Cup is a strange beast. It goes for too long. The format is wrong. There are too few elite teams, but too many games. It is a tournament designed with TV in mind, with organisers unwilling to schedule more than two matches on the one day.
Something is happening on the Western front of state cricket. While rain and stoic innings by David Hussey and Matthew Wade denied them Sheffield Shield glory this year, Western Australia are shaping as a dominant force for the next decade.
Who is going to bowl an underarm delivery for the penultimate ball? Who will put a squash ball in their glove and score a century? Who will win the World Cup final? The answer to these questions and more in this breakdown of Australia and New Zealand.
In the early to mid-nineties, when power plays were first introduced to one day cricket, opening batsmen Sanath Jayasuriya took Sri Lanka to victory in the 1996 World Cup by his dashing, hitting-over-the-top-of-the-infield style in the first power play.
How fitting is it that New Zealand and Australia will play the ICC Cricket World Cup Final, a hundred years after the Anzac legend was born.
Entering the World Cup, Glenn Maxwell was struggling for form and had failed to deliver the big innings he desperately needed to consolidate his place in the one-day side.
Australia’s golden boy Steve Smith has received a fair amount of criticism in his short career. Not many believed he had the ability to become a star and the most important player in the side.
That dreaded c-word spewed forth from some fans’ lips once again after Grant Elliott snuffed the life out of South Africa with a six into the long-on stand in the Cricket World Cup semi-final at Eden Park. So did the Proteas choke?
A day out from the ICC World Cup final, Australia’s top XI is a pressing issue, as a few changes could make the team better.
Wise judges, including ex-Australian opener Matthew Hayden, believe the result of Sunday’s World Cup final is a foregone conclusion because the New Zealand game is not suited to the wide expanses of the MCG.
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With all the electrifying action in the World Cup, you could be forgiven for not noticing that the Sheffield Shield season came to a tame close on Wednesday afternoon.
Despite holding off a surging Western Australian side to win the 2014-15 Sheffield Shield, the Victorian Bushrangers are due for a revamp.
Tempers and reputations will come to the fore in the second World Cup semi-final, as India play Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 2:30pm (AEDT).
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I’m channelling my inner Juan Antonio Samaranch here instead of my Jacques Rogge. In the world of cricket, this has been the best World Cup ever.