Daniel Brettig

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @danbrettig

Helping hand: Michael Clarke and Steve Smith adjust fields

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Clarke sees writing on the wall

The Australia players would have heard of Michael Clarke's retirement many times before. But the knowledge that they are hearing it from Clarke for the final time should provide a these words with plenty of meaning

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

Michael Clarke with his mentor Shane Warne during practice

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

Clarke's crucial leadership test

Sydney's semi-final will determine much about whether Michael Clarke will finish this tournament as a winner, or as a thwarted leader pondering his options

Steven Smith takes a tumble during training

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

Steven Smith strays down leg

Taking guard outside his leg stump has helped return Steven Smith to the form he has displayed earlier in the summer

Aaron Finch trains with team-mates at the SCG

World Cup 2015: Australia

Finch calls in familiar help

An oddly familiar face peered down the SCG net containing Aaron Finch on Monday, his fiery red hair accentuated by the choice of a cap of the same colour. After a few minutes of speculation, the figure was proven to be Andrew McDonald