Michael Clarke was back and he opted to bat

Aus v NZ, World Cup 2015, final, Melbourne

Can't spot a weakness in Australia - Ponting

Ricky Ponting believes Australia are overwhelming favourites but added that if New Zealand manage to stick to their script in the World Cup so far, "anything can happen"

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

Tim Southee, Daniel Vettori, Trent Boult and Corey Anderson before the start of the game

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

Southee confident of NZ attack's adaptability

The MCG's drop-in pitch might be unfamiliar to some of the New Zealand bowlers and the vast expanses of outfield can be harder to protect, but Tim Southee is confident the attack will be able to transfer their success across the Tasman. up final

The lights at the MCG gleam in the night sky

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

Vast MCG will hold no fear for New Zealand

After a flawless run at home, New Zealand have travelled to Melbourne for the World Cup final. This last challenge - against co-hosts Australia - will be their greatest

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Jesse Ryder's hundred ensured Essex built a huge lead

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Ryder suspended for 'serious dissent'

Jesse Ryder has been suspended from Otago's final game in the Plunket Shield after he admitted to a breach of New Zealand Cricket's Code of Conduct

Brendon McCullum congratulates Daniel Vettori

New Zealand v South Africa, World Cup 2015, 1st semi-final, Auckland

Vettori's potential 'fairytale finish'

Daniel Vettori has not made any official announcements on his future, but a career in coaching in the IPL, where he has already started with Royal Challengers Bangalore, and the Big Bash looms