29.3.2015, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia.Infront of a record 93 000 capacity ground, the two host nations Australia and undefeated New Zealand clashed in the final of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. Australia have been in 4 World Cup finals, winning all of them (1987, 1999, 2003, 2007). It is New Zealand’s very first World Cup final.
New Zealand won the toss and elected to field. This was their first tournament match away from their home turf.In the first over Starc bowled out the key wicket of Captain McCullum for 0. Only Elliot with 83 stood out, the rest of the Kiwi big guns were humbled. New Zealand collapsed to 183 off 45 overs. Australia bowled impressively putting the opposition under pressure.
In reply Australia chased down the target with ease. Skipper Clarke making 74. Australia won by 7 wickets.
Please remember ex-New Zealand captain 52 year Martin Crowe in your prayers as he is battling an aggressive cancer. He was present at the final today. Many of you will remember his fantastic batting from the 1980s/90s.
Also I am sure on this Finals day, the cricketing world will pay their respects to the memory of Australia cricketer Phillip Hughes who died last November after being struck on the head by a ball while batting. Skipper Michael Clarke mentioned Phillip Hughes in his post match speech. I am sure all Australians and all crickets fans across the world would like to dedicate this World Cup victory to Phillip Hughes.
Australia you have for the 5th time been crowned cricket World Champions. One of the best cricket teams in history. We congratulate your team and all Australians on your success. Also well played runners up New Zealand, overall it has been a great tournament for the Kiwis.
Man of the match, James Faulkner. Player of the Tournament, Mitchell Starc.
Special respects to Captain Michael Clarke, who has announced his retirement from one day cricket. You have led your team excellently and are a fine role model for younger cricketers. Best wishes for your future career.
Next World Tournament is the Twenty20 World Cup, March 2016 in India.