Australia’s cricket team, led by Michael Clarke in his final one-day international match, have been lauded as deserved winners of the 2015 edition of the World Cup, with cricket media in virtually universal agreement that the best team of the tournament lifted the trophy at the MCG on Sunday night.
Dream final for co-hosts Australia and New Zealand, but who will triumph?
For the second successive World Cup the joint hosts will contest the final. Australia against New Zealand, a final of which the organisers might have dreamt once the commercial imperative of India had been taken out of the equation.
Australia will contest the Cricket World Cup final in Melbourne on Sunday, with one man’s form in particular having played a huge part in their successful run to the championship match.
An India World Cup campaign underpinned by ruthlessness and adventure ended with the ashen taste of defeat at the Sydney Cricket Ground, in front of a crowd who had made this most historic of Australian venues seem like Little India.
Alastair Cook was once again denied significant time in the middle as he prepared for next month’s Test series against West Indies with a second single-figure score as Yorkshire went on to wrap up a convincing nine-wicket win inside three days over MCC in the traditional season opener in Abu Dhabi.
The England fast bowling coach, David Saker, has been told he is surplus to requirements for next month’s tour of the Caribbean and Ottis Gibson is expected to return for a second spell in the job.
South Africa and co-hosts New Zealand will contest the first semi-final of the cricket World Cup from 0100 GMT tomorrow in Auckland.
The New Zealand pace bowler Adam Milne will be missing from the squad for the semi-final against South Africa in Auckland and indeed the remainder of their Cricket World Cup campaign should they reach next Sunday’s final in Melbourne.
The Gang of Four show they are a class apart as they all cruise to the semis.
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Michael Clarke will enjoy one last Test match as the Australia captain before retirement, and while sentimentality has not always been the Australian way, the circumstances of this tour make it understandable.
England reclaim the Ashes after two days and 42 minutes at Trent Bridge
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Little anger and few screaming headlines greeted the news from Trent Bridge that Australia had succumbed to Alastair Cook’s England after just 39 minutes of play on day three of the fourth Ashes Test.
With their 2-0 trans-Tasman series win and faultless party-pooping effort in Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum’s farewell Test, Australia now find themselves on top of the ICC rankings, claiming back a title they’ve held for just three months out of the previous five years.
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Alastair Cook has warned cricket’s lawmakers not to become “too PC” following reports that the game is about to experiment with sin-bins to counter bad behaviour. England’s Test captain also said he thought the professional game had become “a lot quieter” in recent years because of stump mics and an increase in TV cameras.