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  • ICC World Cup 2015: CricketNext's World Cup XI March 31, 2015

    The ICC Cricket World Cup saw a lot of moments to savour with players coming up with some match-changing moments. At the end of two and a half months, Australia are once again at the top of the world as they got the better of a hapless New Zealand side...
  • From veteran Sangakkara to the unknown Shenwari: The surprise packages of World Cup 2015 March 31, 2015

    This World Cup will be remembered for its milestones. Two ODI double hundreds, two 400-plus scores by a team, 38 centuries and the most watched World Cup ever. The pool stage matches had better contests than the knockouts and the event which was expected to provide bowling-friendly conditions was once...
  • New Zealand’s inexperience was a contributing factor to World Cup final loss March 31, 2015

    From the outset, most people, including myself, had picked Australia and New Zealand as the two teams most likely to win the 2015 World Cup. Both teams were successful over the last six weeks of competition and for them to clash in the final of the tournament then was a...
  • Daniel Vettori thanks New Zealand for letting him play 5 World Cups March 31, 2015

    Veteran left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori, the most capped ODI player for New Zealand, on Monday bid adieu to the 50-over format, completely ending an 18-year career in the game during which he won plaudits for being an inspiring leader. The 36-year-old, whose ODI future was a subject of speculation at the...
  • Daniel Vettori confirms international cricket retirement March 31, 2015

    New Zealand left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori confirmed what many expected in announcing his retirement from international cricket upon the team's return from the World Cup on Tuesday. The 36-year-old former captain had been widely expected to retire from international cricket at the conclusion of New Zealand's involvement in the tournament. New Zealand...
  • World Cup Exclusive: Bring back the old ODI rules March 31, 2015

    (Former India captain and chief selector Kris Srikkanth, IBN World Cup Cricket Expert, is contributing exclusively for IBNLive Sports. Catch him Live in pre- and post-match shows throughout the ICC World Cup 2015 only on CNN-IBN and IBN7) On papers Australia were the best team and they won the World...
  • Vernon Philander selection not race-based: Cricket South Africa March 30, 2015

    Johannesburg: Cricket South Africa (CSA) has denied reports that the selection of pacer Vernon Philander ahead of fast bowler Kyle Abbott for their team's World Cup semi-final against New Zealand was racially motivated. Philander was called into the South African XI in place of Abbott for last week's match against the...
  • Batsmen's delight, heartbreak for SA, Kiwis form, business as usual for Australia March 30, 2015

    At the stroke of sunrise, when the whole world is still recovering from the hangover of some really intense moments of the show piece event and Australia still basking in the glory of winning the cup, the Kiwis while taking the return flight home will be looking for answers to...
  • World Cup 2015: Bowlers who made a difference in the tournament March 30, 2015

    The 2015 World Cup has come to an end with Australia victorious over New Zealand in the final for their fifth title. It was an easy win for the co-hosts by seven wickets as they looked relatively untroubled in chasing 184 to win, having been dominant with the ball earlier. With...
  • Australia are worthy of their fifth World Cup title March 30, 2015

    Melbourne: The ICC hailed the 11th cricket World Cup the "most popular ever" and although most neutrals would have preferred New Zealand to win Sunday's final, there is no doubt Australia were worthy of their fifth title. Michael Clarke's side had the best blend of deep batting, strong fielding and, most...
  • N Srinivasan hails World Cup as most popular ever March 30, 2015

    Dubai: Hailing the just-concluded World Cup as the most popular in cricket's history, ICC Chairman N Srinivasan, on Monday, said the event's success has proved that the ODI format is in good health. Australia beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the summit clash on Sunday in front of over 93,000...
  • No Indian in ICC's World Cup XI led by Brendon McCullum March 30, 2015

    Dubai: Not a single Indian cricketer found a place in the ICC's World Cup XI which was dominated by runners-up New Zealand rather than champions Australia with Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum as its captain. The ICC team features five New Zealanders, including McCullum, despite their seven-wicket loss to Australia in...
  • World Cup: I won't be twisting anyone's arm, says NZ coach Mike Hesson March 30, 2015

    New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has said he will not put pressure on any of his players to make up their minds about their playing futures in the wake of the team's disappointing World Cup final loss to Australia. New Zealand media have speculated that captain Brendon McCullum and spinner Daniel...
  • New Zealand react to World Cup loss: 'You've done us proud' March 30, 2015

    Wellington: The front-page headline of New Zealand's largest newspaper reads "You've done us proud," and that seems to sum up the nation's mood after the Black Caps thrilled and inspired during eight straight World Cup victories before losing to Australia in Sunday's final. The New Zealand Herald on Monday dedicated its...
  • World Cup Exclusive: Five-time World Cup winners Australia lift trophy at the Melbourne Federation Square March 30, 2015

    Australia lifted their fifth World Cup title, crushing traditional rivals New Zealand by seven wickets in the final at the majestic Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. ...
  • World Cup: Ending was anti-climactic but NZ walk away with their heads held high March 30, 2015

    Melbourne: New Zealand whetted the appetite of the world for an underdog victory at the Cricket World Cup but couldn't conjure the last and longed-for victory, losing Sunday's final by seven wickets to Australia. The story of New Zealand's unbeaten progress through the tournament to reach their first final enriched the...
  • World Cup Exclusive: Fans greet world champions Australia at the Federation Square March 30, 2015

    Thousands of cricket fans have flooded Federation Square in Melbourne to celebrate Australia's World Cup victory. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...