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  • Bleary-eyed Australians celebrate World Cup win at the Federation Square March 30, 2015

    Melbourne: Australian players sheltered behind dark glasses on Monday at a public reception the day after their victory over New Zealand in the World Cup final. Captain Michael Clarke carried the World Cup trophy and, as the players mounted the stage in front of thousands of fans at open-air Federation...
  • World Cup: The Aussie pace trio's names will be etched into history forever March 30, 2015

    Today was a cricketer's dream and the players will remember this for the rest of their lives! James Faulkner's magical over and the pace of the two Mitchells - Starc and Johnson - enabled Australia to dismantle the Kiwi batting order for a mere 183. Their names will be etched...
  • Five overs that cost New Zealand the World Cup March 30, 2015

    For me, it all came down to five overs that cost New Zealand the chance of glory in the ICC Cricket World Cup final. Yes, the start was terrible, and when you are 39-3 against a side as good as Australia then you are always up against it. But Ross Taylor and...
  • Clarke, Lehmann instrumental in Australia's fifth World Cup title March 30, 2015

    Melbourne: It wasn't long ago, in the scheme of things, when Australia's cricket team was in crisis. Now Michael Clarke and his crew are on top of the world. The Australians were bundled out of the 2013 Champions Trophy in the first round, captain Michael Clarke was laid up with an...
  • TWTW: Indian fans disappointed over team's semi-final loss March 29, 2015

    Indian fans disappointed after Australia beat defending champions India by 95 runs in the World Cup Semi Final on Thursday. ...
  • Australia become second team to win World Cup on home soil March 29, 2015

    Melbourne: Australia on Sunday became only the second outfit to clinch the cricket World Cup trophy on home soil, and third ever to win as co-hosts. Australia defeated New Zealand by seven wickets in the final to hold aloft the grand prize in front of a packed house at the historic...
  • Brendon McCullum keeps ODI retirement suspense alive March 29, 2015

    Melbourne: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum on Sunday kept everyone guessing about his retirement from ODI cricket as he didn't want the spotlight to be drawn away from Australia's convincing victory in the World Cup final. Asked if he would be following Michael Clarke in announcing ODI retirement, McCullum neither denied...
  • Australia Tour Diary: MCG takes your breath away March 29, 2015

    Australia win. New Zealand lose. The World Cup is over, so is Cricketnext's biggest assignment till date. And only if you were in Melbourne on Sunday the 29th of March, 2015, could you understand why MCG is the perfect setting for cricket's biggest finale. To put it in as many words...
  • After MS Dhoni, Michael Clarke calls for changes in ODI field restrictions March 29, 2015

    Melbourne: Australian skipper Michael Clarke has said he would like to see five fielders outside the 30-yard circle instead of the current four during "powerplays" to allow bowlers more protection during field restrictions in One-Day International (ODI) cricket. Currently only four fielders can be placed outside the 30-yard circle during "powerplays"...
  • Scarred New Zealand go home winning hearts, Australia with the Cup March 29, 2015

    The greatest trick the devil ever played was to convince the world that it doesn't exist and New Zealand never really saw it coming as sometimes the old cliche of morning shows the day can be misleading to say the least. Brendon McCullum, the night before the World Cup would have...
  • Reaction to Australia's fifth World Cup victory March 29, 2015

    Melbourne: Following are reactions to Australia's fifth World Cup triumph after they beat New Zealand in Sunday's final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Australia captain Michael Clarke: "I think obviously there's no such thing as fairy-tales in sport, but that's probably as close as it gets for me. Not only to win...
  • World Cup: Mitchell Starc award defies trend in bat-dominated tournament March 29, 2015

    Melbourne: At a World Cup dominated by batsmen and huge scores, it was an old-fashioned fast bowler who ultimately played the biggest role in Australia's success. Mitchell Starc, whose devastating pace and movement troubled almost every batsmen who faced him, was named player of the tournament after Australia wrapped up their...
  • World Cup Exclusive: Brendon McCullum's wicket was turning point March 29, 2015

    (Legendary New Zealand allrounder Chris Harris, IBN World Cup Cricket Expert, is contributing exclusively for Cricketnext. Catch him Live in pre- and post-match shows throughout the ICC World Cup 2015 only on CNN-IBN and IBN7) Honestly I didn't expect the defeat. I was so disappointed because they played so well...
  • Peeved ICC President Mustafa Kamal leaves MCG before end of World Cup final March 29, 2015

    Melbourne: Peeved at not being given the opportunity to hand out the World Cup trophy to the champions, International Cricket Council (ICC) President Mustafa Kamal on Sunday left the Melbourne Cricket Ground even before the final between Australia and New Zealand finished. It was ICC chairman N Srinivasan, who handed the...
  • World Cup Exclusive: Pakistan fan shouts 'Sachin, Sachin' at MCG March 29, 2015

    Even Pakistan fans forget their bitter rivalry with India when it comes to shouting 'Sachin, Sachin' and similar scenes were seen outside the MCG after the World Cup final. ...
  • India vs Pakistan outside MCG: Fans take pot shots at each other March 29, 2015

    Fans from India and Pakistan took part in a celebratory tussle outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground soon after Australia's victory in the World Cup final. ...
  • Steven Smith burnishes captaincy credentials with final flourish March 29, 2015

    Steve Smith's pull to the Melbourne Cricket Ground fence to bring up the winning runs for Australia on Sunday was a fitting ending for a player who was instrumental in his team's campaign for a fifth World Cup triumph. Smith, heir apparent to captain Michael Clarke, shared a poignant 112-run stand...
  • World Cup Exclusive: India, Pakistan, Australia fans burst in celebrations March 29, 2015

    Fans from Australia, India and Pakistan joined hands and danced to the beats of dhol outside the MCG to celebrate Australia's victory against New Zealand in the World Cup final. ...
  • World Cup Exclusive: Pakistan fans dance to 'mauka mauka' at MCG March 29, 2015

    Despite of their team's loss in the quarter-finals, Pakistan fans were found dancing outside the MCG after the final of the ICC World Cup 2015. ...
  • Srinivasan hands over World Cup trophy to Australia, Mustafa Kamal sidelined March 29, 2015

    Melbourne: Former BCCI president and current ICC chairman N. Srinivasan handed over the cricket World Cup trophy to captain Michael Clarke on Sunday after Australia defeated New Zealand in a one-sided final by seven wickets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Srinivasan did the trophy honours in a departure from the International...
  • World Cup: New Zealand hold back retirements to allow Australia to bask March 29, 2015

    Melbourne: Some New Zealand players may have decided to call time on their one-day or international careers but there will be no immediate announcements to allow Australia to bask in their World Cup triumph, skipper Brendon McCullum said on Sunday. Australia skipper Michael Clarke announced his retirement from one-day internationals on...
  • President, Prime Minister congratulate Australia on 5th World Cup title March 29, 2015

    New Delhi: President of India Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday congratulated Australian cricket team for winning the World Cup for a record fifth time at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Australia clinched the coveted ICC Cricket World Cup for the fifth time, thrashing New Zealand by seven wickets to provide a perfect...
  • Australia brought out 'A' game in World Cup final: James Faulkner March 29, 2015

    Melbourne: Australian all-rounder James Faulkner, who etched his name in history by winning the Player of the Match award in the cricket World Cup final, said that his team brought out their 'A' game against New Zealand on Sunday. Australia beat New Zealand by seven wickets and with 101 balls to...
  • World Cup Exclusive: New Zealand fans disappointed but proud March 29, 2015

    New Zealand fans are disappointed of their team's loss in the 2015 World Cup final but they are equally proud of the way the players have performed in the tournament. ...
  • World Cup Exclusive: Australian fans erupt in jubilant celebrations March 29, 2015

    Scores of Australian fans erupted in joyous celebrations outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground after their team won the final of the World Cup 2015 against New Zealand. ...
  • Mitchell Starc's perseverance pays off with World Cup honours March 29, 2015

    Melbourne: Months after being labeled "soft" by one of Australia's cricket greats and being dropped from Australia's Test XI, Mitchell Starc has been deservedly voted the player of the World Cup. Starc's worth to the Australian team was never more evident than when he dismissed New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum in...
  • World Cup 2015: Australia thrash New Zealand to become champions March 29, 2015

    Clarke hit 74 in his last ODI to lead Australia to their fifth World Cup title with a seven-wicket win over New Zealand in a disappointing final on Sunday. ...
  • World Cup triumph a career pinnacle for Michael Clarke March 29, 2015

    Melbourne: Skipper Michael Clarke shrugged off fitness fears, talk of rifts with team-mates, coach and selectors to spearhead Australia to a fifth World Cup crown. It was a fitting finale for Clarke, who played his 245th and last one-day international to lead Australia to a comprehensive seven-wicket over New Zealand in...
  • World Cup: Sachin Tendulkar presents Player of the Match, Series awards March 29, 2015

    Melbourne: He doesn't enthrall with his willow anymore but Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar got one of the loudest cheers at the presentation ceremony of the ICC World Cup final as he shared the stage with administrative bigwigs. Tendulkar was the biggest name on dais during the presentations after Australia beat...