Brendon McCullum and Daniel Vettori at a function organised for the returning players, Auckland, March 31, 2015 © Getty Images

  • Mar 31, 2015

    Mike Hesson strides out to massive applause at Queen's Wharf © Getty Images

  • Mar 31, 2015

    Brendon McCullum and his team were welcomed back with gusto © Getty Images

  • Mar 31, 2015

    The troops are back: Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Mitchell McClenaghan and Luke Ronchi arrive home © Getty Images

  • Mar 31, 2015

    Hero's welcome: Brendon McCullum with his daughters © Getty Images

  • Mar 29, 2015

    Mitchell Starc takes off after bowling Brendon McCullum © Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

  • Mar 29, 2015

    Grant Elliott and Tim Southee reflect on what could have been © ICC

  • Mar 29, 2015

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

  • Mar 29, 2015

    Brendon McCullum aims for the stumps © Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

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    Brendon McCullum appears downcast at the presentation © Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

  • Mar 29, 2015

    Brendon McCullum congratulates Michael Clarke after his innings © Getty Images

  • Mar 29, 2015

    Dejected New Zealand players look on during the presentation ceremony © Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

  • Mar 29, 2015

    The final was played at a packed MCG © Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

  • Mar 29, 2015

    Trent Boult celebrates after dismissing Aaron Finch for a duck © Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

  • Mar 29, 2015

    Australia give Grant Elliott a sendoff © Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

  • Mar 29, 2015

    James Faulkner sent Corey Anderson back without scoring © Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

  • Mar 29, 2015

    Ross Taylor strung together a handy 40 © Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

  • Mar 29, 2015

    Grant Elliott carves one through point © Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

  • Mar 29, 2015

    Grant Elliott swats one away © Ryan Pierse/Getty Images