Brydon Coverdale

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @brydoncoverdale

Mitchell Starc races away after bowling Brendon McCullum

Australia v New Zealand, final, Melbourne

New Zealand aggression goes missing

Throughout the tournament, they have captured the imagination of the world with an attacking style of cricket. But against an in-form Australia in the final, they were found wanting for a lack of plan B

Michael Clarke and Darren Lehmann walk arm in arm after the victory over New Zealand

A tale of two coaches

Their playing careers were vastly different, and so are their personalities, but the road to the World Cup final for Hesson and Lehmann has been similar

Brendon McCullum thanks the crowd for their strong support

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

McCullum's men ready for one final attack

Right through the World Cup, New Zealand have played a brand of cricket that has endeared the team to its public. They will play the final in the same manner

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