Brydon Coverdale

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @brydoncoverdale

Brendon McCullum collects the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy

Australia v New Zealand, World Cup 2015, final, Melbourne

Time to have the neighbours over

New Zealand may be the "little brothers from across the ditch" but they are heading to the MCG and keen to remind their hosts of the local rivalry

Tim Southee, Daniel Vettori, Trent Boult and Corey Anderson before the start of the game

Australia v New Zealand, World Cup 2015, final, Melbourne

Southee confident of NZ attack's adaptability

The MCG's drop-in pitch might be unfamiliar to some of the New Zealand bowlers and the vast expanses of outfield can be harder to protect, but Tim Southee is confident the attack will be able to transfer their success across the Tasman. up final

Steven Smith raises his bat after reaching a century

Australia v India, World Cup 2015, 2nd semi-final, Sydney

Smith ton sets up trans-Tasman finale

Steven Smith tormented India with a century in every Test of the summer, and like the ghost of series past, returned to haunt them with another hundred in this World Cup semi-final

Rohit Sharma acknowledges the crowd after reaching his hundred

Australia v India, World Cup 2015, 2nd semi-final, Sydney

Two big guns, one big prize

On Tuesday it was the hard-luck teams from past World Cups playing off in a semi-final; on Thursday it is the powerhouses, Australia and India

Martin Guptill celebrates his second World Cup ton

New Zealand v West Indies, World Cup 2015, 4th quarter-final, Wellington

Guptill's 237 drives New Zealand into semi-final

Martin Guptill's unbeaten 237 was the highest World Cup score of all time and the second-highest in all ODIs, but most importantly it ensured New Zealand's progression to the World Cup semi-finals for the seventh time

Josh Hazlewood celebrates the wicket of Ahmed Shehzad

Australia v Pakistan, World Cup 2015, 3rd quarter-final, Adelaide

Smith, Hazlewood book semi-final berth

Wahab Riaz delivered one of the most fearsome spells in World Cup history but Australia, helped by some shoddy Pakistan fielding, weathered the storm and set up a semi-final showdown with India

Adam Voges celebrates his second hundred of the match

Victoria v WA, Sheffield Shield final, Hobart

Prolific Voges key in Shield final

The Sheffield Shield final begins on Saturday at Bellerive Oval in Hobart, but without a Tasmania player in sight. This is, remarkably, a home match for Victoria against Western Australia

Sikandar Raza was stuck on the helmet by an Amjad Javed bouncer

The tournament of the short ball

The bouncer has turned out to be the weapon of choice for the leading bowlers of the World Cup so far

Josh Davey had Mohammad Nabi lbw for 1

Assessing the Associates - Scotland

Tartan grit covers team shortfalls

Scotland were perhaps not expected to be as competitive as Ireland and Afghanistan at the World Cup but their performances were far more encouraging than the end result suggests

Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc took seven wickets between them

World Cup 2015: Australia

Cummins gears for quick Adelaide track

Pat Cummins hopes three wickets against Scotland will be enough to hold his place for Australia's quarter-final in Adelaide, on what he described as the fastest pitch he has played on this summer