Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Match Day

1205dThe Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

Majestic Australia win fifth World Cup

Australia's pace phalanx left nothing to the vagaries of the surface, firing balls full, fast and straight to deliver Australia a seven-wicket win and its fifth World Cup in comprehensive fashion

1203d

Mind your tongue, Australia

Australia might have re-asserted their dominance by winning their World Cup, but their boorish behaviour left a sour taste says Greg Baum in the Sydney Morning Herald

1204dDaniel Brettig

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

1204dMohammad Isam

ICC president rails at World Cup trophy snub

ICC president AHM Mustafa Kamal has said that the game's governing body denied him of his right to give the trophy at the post-match presentation ceremony of the World Cup final on Sunday

1204dAndy Zaltzman at the MCG

New Zealand drown in duck nightmare

Too many ducks spoil the, innings? New Zealand's challenge was hampered by too many of their batsman failing to trouble the scorer. A record they could have done without on the biggest stage

1204dDaniel Brettig at the MCG

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

1204dGaurav Kalra

Ponting endorses Smith as next ODI captain

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting believes there is "no doubt at all" that Steven Smith should take over from Michael Clarke as the team's next ODI leader

1204dBrydon Coverdale

Gracious McCullum hopes run will leave legacy

If a prize existed for Captain of the Tournament, Brendon McCullum would have been the only possible winner. His aggressive style responsible for dragging the whole of New Zealand on a memorable journey

1204dBrydon Coverdale at the MCG

New Zealand aggression goes missing

Throughout the tournament, they have captured the imagination of the world with an attacking style of cricket. But against an in-form Australia in the final, they were found wanting for a lack of plan B

1205dJarrod Kimber at the MCG

New Zealand's greatest almost

Brendon McCullum is in mid-air. He is above the ground, above the ball. Floating. Flying.The ball is heading for the boundary. McCullum sticks his hand down just before his body hits the ground. He st

1205dDaniel Brettig at the MCG

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

1206dBrydon Coverdale

A tale of two coaches

Their playing careers were vastly different, and so are their personalities, but the road to the World Cup final for Hesson and Lehmann has been similar

1206dBrydon Coverdale in Melbourne

McCullum's men ready for one final attack

Right through the World Cup, New Zealand have played a brand of cricket that has endeared the team to its public. They will play the final in the same manner

1206dDaniel Brettig

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

A nice round number

5

Number of World Cups won by Australia, by far the most for any team. No other team has won more than two.

Final Blip

1

NZ's opening partnership in the Final, their lowest this World Cup. NZ's opening pair averaged 56.5 in the World Cup prior to the Final.