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  • World Cup final: Factbox of Australia and New Zealand 37 minutes ago

    Factbox on the Australia and New Zealand team who go one on one in the World Cup final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Australia: World Cup record 1975 - finalist; 1979 - pool phase; 1983 - pool phase; 1987 - winners; 1992 - pool phase; 1996 - finalist; 1999 - winners; 2003 -...
  • Australia vs New Zealand: Here is the history of previous World Cup finals 58 minutes ago

    When Australia meet New Zealand in Sunday's final of the ICC Cricket World Cup in Melbourne, it will be co-host versus co-host, mate versus bro and probably the biggest One Day International ever seen in Australia. A look back at the previous Cricket World Cup finals. 1975: WEST INDIES BEAT AUSTRALIA...
  • World Cup final - what the experts think 1 hour 23 minutes ago

    Melbourne: How the pundits see Sunday's World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand: "They are both very good teams, but if you just saw them on paper and if you try and see weaknesses in the Australian team, I am not sure where you find one. Their top-order batting is...
  • New Zealand unchanged for World Cup final 1 hour 36 minutes ago

    Melbourne: New Zealand will bring an unchanged lineup into Sunday's World Cup final against fellow co-hosts Australia in Melbourne, captain Brendon McCullum confirmed on Saturday. New Zealand head into the match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground after defeating South Africa by four wickets in Auckland in the semi-finals. New Zealand team: Martin...
  • Michael Clarke to retire from ODIs after World Cup final 2 hours 17 minutes ago

    A day ahead of the big World Cup final between co-hosts Australia and New Zealand, Aussie skipper Michael Clarke has announced that he will be retiring from one-day international cricket after Sunday's final which is going to be hosted at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. "Tomorrow will be my last ODI game...
  • World Cup: Kiwis dream of toppling big brother Australia in finals 2 hours 43 minutes ago

    Wellington: Emergency supplies of beige-coloured clothing were being rushed across the Tasman Saturday as the build-up to the cricket World Cup final reached fever pitch in New Zealand. Brendon McCullum, with his infectious grin, had said before leading his side to a stunning semi-final win against South Africa that they were...
  • World Cup Exclusive: Restaurants in Melbourne still buzzing with Indians 17 hours 6 minutes ago

    Despite India's ouster from the World Cup 2015, restaurants in Melbourne - the city which will host the final on Sunday - are still buzzing with Indian fans. ...
  • New Zealand's World Cup showing has brought masses back to cricket: Geoff Allott 19 hours 9 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Former New Zealand fast bowler Geoff Allott says the national team's performance in the World Cup has brought the "lost fans" back to the game, reinforcing cricket as the number one summer sport in the country. Co-hosts New Zealand have managed to attract the attention of masses like never...
  • World Cup Exclusive: Disappointed Indian fan sells tickets ahead of final 20 hours 50 minutes ago

    CricketNext deputy editor caught up with and an Indian fan who has sold his ticket because India failed to reach the finals but on the other hand there was another fan who is looking forward to the game. ...
  • World Cup Exclusive: Deserving teams have reached the final, says Aussie fan 20 hours 53 minutes ago

    CricketNext deputy editor caught up with an Aussie fan outside the MCG, who feels that MCG effect might come to play and NZ can have a problem in the finals. ...
  • World Cup Exclusive: Deserted MCG box office ahead of Australia, New Zealand final 21 hours 0 minutes ago

    Melbourne Cricket Ground had a deserted look two days ahead of the most important game of this World Cup. ...
  • Penpix of the Australian squad for World Cup 2015 final 21 hours 33 minutes ago

    Penpix of the Australia squad that will play the cricket World Cup final against New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. Michael Clarke, 33, right-handed batsman. 244 matches, 7907 runs, wickets 57. Highest score: 130. Returning from a hamstring surgery, Clarke played his first match of the tournament in the...
  • Kumar Dharmasena, Richard Kettleborough named umpires for World Cup final 23 hours 2 minutes ago

    Dubai: Sri Lanka's Kumar Dharmasena and England's Richard Kettleborough, on Friday, were appointed on-field umpires for the World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand on Sunday in Melbourne. "Kumar Dharmasena and Richard Kettleborough will be the two on-field umpires," the ICC said in a statement. Sri Lanka's Ranjan Madugalle was named...
  • NZ ready for one more big push in World Cup final: Tim Southee Yesterday

    Melbourne: Fast bowler Tim Southee says that after reaching the Cricket World Cup final for the first time and with their most well-rounded limited-overs team ever assembled, New Zealand are ready for "one more big push" to beat Australia and to write a new chapter in their history. Southee said New...
  • World Cup: Kiwi fans hit back at Matthew Hayden MCG jibe Yesterday

    Sydney: New Zealand fans poked fun on Friday at Matthew Hayden after the former Australian batsman suggested the Black Caps would be overawed by the huge dimensions of the Melbourne Cricket Ground in the World Cup final. New Zealand go into the championship match on a run of eight wins in...
  • World Cup: Crowd for MCG final could break record Yesterday

    Melbourne: Two of the key attendance milestones reached at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) could be trumped by Sunday's World Cup final. The 1992 World Cup in the Antipodes drew a crowd of 87,182 for the final between Pakistan and England which the former won. That was well in excess of...
  • World Cup: New Zealand will struggle with size of MCG, says Matthew Hayden Yesterday

    Melbourne: Former Australia opening batsman Matthew Hayden on Thursday said that New Zealand will struggle with the size of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Sunday's cricket World Cup final here. Co-hosts New Zealand entered the final of the mega event for the first time with a victory over South Africa...
  • World Cup 2015: ICC president Mustafa Kamal rules out resignation 5 days ago

    Dhaka: International Cricket Council (ICC) president Mustafa Kamal has dismissed "rumours" that he was resigning his post. Kamal had termed the umpiring in Bangladesh's quarter-final match against India as "poor" and threatened to step down after the match on March 19, reports bdnews24.com. "It seems the ICC has become the Indian Cricket...
  • World Cup: Rohit Sharma at his subliminal best is a sight for the gods 6 days ago

    Sydney: Martin Crowe has called him a beautiful player. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said his was a talent wasted at No. 6 in the one-day international set-up. But no one in Indian cricket has polarised opinion more than Rohit Sharma. When Rohit is at his subliminal best, sliding back in his...
  • Images: How fans celebrated India's entry into World Cup semis 1 week ago

    From Ghaziabad to Amritsar to Melbourne, Indians were in a state of frenzy after beating Bangladesh in the quarter-final on Thursday. Fans dancing to the beats of dhol on the streets of Bhopal. (Getty Images) Fireworks set off in the neighbourhoods of Amritsar. (Getty Images) India skipper MS Dhoni's hometown fans in Ranchi...
  • World Cup: India were deserving winners against Bangladesh, says Rohan Gavaskar March 20, 2015

    Umpiring errors went against Bangladesh in quarter-final, but India had enough in the tank to beat Bangladesh anyway, says Rohan Gavaskar. ...
  • World Cup 2015: Fans celebrate India's win on streets of Melbourne March 20, 2015

    Indian fans were dancing and enjoying on the streets outside Melbourne Cricket Ground after one-sided victory over Bangladesh on Thursday. ...
  • World Cup 2015: Time for real Virat Kohli to stand up in semi-final March 20, 2015

    A realistic approach to the game did the trick for the Indian team. They understood very early on in the innings that this Bangladesh attack was not a pushover and that it was a much improved bowling unit. The adjustments to the scoring pattern were made accordingly, which is always...
  • Rohit Sharma joins India's World Cup party March 19, 2015

    Melbourne: Rohit Sharma took his time joining the World Cup party but arrived in style on Thursday, rocking the Melbourne Cricket Ground with a match-winning century to sink Bangladesh and send reigning champions India charging into the semi-finals. The opening batsman's crisp 137 off 126 balls at the iconic stadium set...
  • Twitter explodes as India enter World Cup 2015 semi-finals March 19, 2015

    Rohit Sharma stroked an authoritative century and Umesh Yadav claimed four wickets to help defending champion India advance to the World Cup semi-finals with a 109-run win over Bangladesh on Thursday. Rohit scored 137 off just 126 balls with 14 boundaries and three sixes, sharing a 122 -run fourth-wicket partnership with...
  • World Cup 2015: Happy to make it count in a quarter-final, says Rohit March 19, 2015

    Rohit Sharma's seventh one-day International (ODI) century helped India post 302 for 6 in the World Cup 2015 quarter-final against Bangladesh at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Rohit was at his very best as he began the innings with a drive through extra-cover for a four off the very first...
  • As it happened: India vs Bangladesh, 2nd quarter-final March 19, 2015

    (For live updates, scroll down to reach the blog) As India look to hold on to their winning momentum and register their seventh win on the trot in the tournament, Bangladesh would aim to upset the defending champions just like they did way back in the group stages of 2007. But as...
  • World Cup: We were very motivated for the contest, says De Villiers March 18, 2015

    Sydney: On a high after winning their cricket World Cup quarter-final match against Sri Lanka, South Africa skipper AB de Villiers said his team was "very motivated" as they looked to break loose from the tag of "chokers". "I didn't have to say much. We were very motivated for this game....