Brydon Coverdale

Assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo @brydoncoverdale

So near...: Daniel Vettori walks past the World Cup trophy

New Zealand news

Daniel Vettori, Mr Spirit of Cricket

A fierce competitor yet unfailingly polite, Daniel Vettori draws the curtains on his 18-year international career

Fawad Ahmed at a Cricket Australia press conference

Australia news

Fawad and Voges in Ashes squad

Legspinner Fawad Ahmed and veteran batsman Adam Voges have both been included in Australia's squads for the upcoming Ashes tour and the two-Test series in the West Indies that precedes it

The moment: Steven Smith and Shane Watson take off after the winning runs

Australia news

Watson hopes for more ODI hurrahs

Shane Watson hoped he will not be following Michael Clarke in having the 2015 World Cup final as his last ODI

Mitchell Starc is gung ho after bowling Stuart Broad for a golden duck

Australia news

Starc backed to come good in Tests

Mitchell Starc's team-mates are confident he can transfer his incredible white-ball form to Test cricket after a World Cup in which he was named Player of the Tournament

James Faulkner is pumped up after getting Ross Taylor

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

Plans fall in place for Australia's A-Team

Mitchell Starc and James Faulkner have revealed how their carefully laid plans to dismantle New Zealand's batsmen came to fruition

New Zealand fans make their way to the MCG, ahead of the World Cup final

Aus v NZ, Final, MCG

Gracious McCullum hopes run will leave legacy

If a prize existed for Captain of the Tournament, Brendon McCullum would have been the only possible winner. His aggressive style responsible for dragging the whole of New Zealand on a memorable journey

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