Daniel Brettig

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @danbrettig

Brad Haddin was in a chatty mood at the final

Australia news

Lehmann defends Haddin sledging

Australia's coach Darren Lehmann has mounted a defence of the vice-captain, Brad Haddin, saying his aggressive antics towards New Zealand in the World Cup final were in accordance with the team's plans for the tournament decider

Michael Clarke with the ICC's Test mace

Australia news

Australia plan for overseas success

Selection chairman Rod Marsh and Cricket Australia are extremely eager to ensure that the glow of home victories does not allow the team to take their eyes off the main game of sustained success away from home

Brad Haddin was in a chatty mood at the final

Australia news

Haddin to join Clarke in retirement

Australia vice-captain Brad Haddin revealed he will be joining the captain Michael Clarke in ODI retirement amidst raucous celebrations of the team's World Cup final victory over New Zealand in Melbourne

Australia's players give Michael Clarke a guard of honour

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

Clarke speaks of emotional toll

At the end of a tumultuous summer, Michael Clarke admitted he spoke of a World Cup victory based on skill over emotion as a way of convincing himself that he could endure the toll of this most draining season

Steven Smith and Shane Watson celebrate Australia's fifth World Cup title

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

Australia's youth and their warning to the world

The display of a young and hungry pace attack and Steven Smith's steel won the World Cup final and there were signs that this group can go on to dominate ODIs for the next five years

The Australians celebrate a wicket

Australia v New Zealand, final, Melbourne

Australia look to heal an old wound

In 1992, they were completely underprepared and had to face the ignominy of an early exit at home. A win on Sunday would go a long way towards removing the scars of that failure

Helping hand: Michael Clarke and Steve Smith adjust fields

Australia news

Clarke sees writing on the wall

The Australia players would have heard of Michael Clarke's retirement many times before. But hearing it from Clarke for the final time should give the words plenty of meaning

Michael Clarke at the MCG on the eve of the World Cup final

Australia news

Clarke to quit ODIs after World Cup final

Australia captain Michael Clarke has announced that the 2015 World Cup final against New Zealand will be his final ODI

Largely empty stands at the MCG at the start of the game

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

Size not the only challenge for NZ at MCG

Clever as New Zealand's fans have been in lampooning questions about the size of the MCG with the tag #MCGsobig, it is difficult to find anyone who does not think the ground's vast dimensions will make a difference to the World Cup final on Sunday