Daniel Brettig

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @danbrettig

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

Aaron Finch swats the ball away

Australia v New Zealand, World Cup 2015 Final, Melbourne

The revival of Australia's ODI fortunes

They were notably down on confidence at the Champions Trophy in 2013 but the changes in mindset since then have taken them all the way to the World Cup final

Mitchell Johnson gives a double thumbs up

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

Johnson drowns out tumult to down India

Amid a hostile atmosphere at the SCG, Mitchell Johnson's blows with bat and ball sent Australia soaring into the World Cup final

Thumbs up: Michael Clarke was pleased after winning the toss

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

Auckland 'turning point' for Australia - Clarke

Australia's captain Michael Clarke has pinpointed the narrow defeat to New Zealand in Auckland as the "kick up the backside," his team needed

James Faulkner in his delivery stride

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

Faulkner, Maxwell turn into each other

For Australia's options in spin and variety, much will rest on the shoulders of James Faulkner and Glenn Maxwell, a seam bowler who started life as a spinner and a spinner who once dreamed of taking the new ball as a fast man