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Australia v New Zealand Cricket World Cup Final Preview and Tips - Who will lift the World Cup?

Staff Writer 27 Mar 2015
  • Tournament co-hosts clash in Cricket World Cup final
  • Australia start as strong favourites to be world champions
  • New Zealand are playing in their first ever final
Australia and New Zealand will go head to head yet again in the World Cup 2015 final.

Australia and New Zealand go head to head in a dream Cricket World Cup final at the MCG on Sunday.

The two best teams in the World Cup - and tournament co-hosts - have made it to the final and cricket fans look set to have a mouth-watering final on Sunday.

The 2015 Cricket World Cup final takes place at the MCG and starts at 2.30pm AEDT. The final will be broadcast on Channel Nine in Australia.

Preview 

Australia had an iffy start to their competition after an abandoned game against Bangladesh and a defeat to New Zealand, but they have come on well since then. They scraped through with a win over Pakistan in the quarter-finals before crushing India in the semi-finals of the World Cup to get here. 

New Zealand have gone from strength to strength, winning all their games so far to be the only unbeaten team in the competition. They defeated Australia in a thriller in the league stages and then went on to crush West Indies in the quarter-final. Their win over South Africa in the semi-final came in tough circumstances but to have put it across them will give them a lot of confidence.

Unless there are injury issues, teams usually do not go into World Cup finals with too many changes to them. Of course, Sri Lanka had been an exception to the norm in the previous World Cup final but one can expect both Australia and New Zealand to select the same XI for the final.

Australia skipper Michael Clarke did not have any team news but did say it would be tough to make any changes to the XI. 



New Zealand had made a change for their semi-final against South Africa when they brought in Matt Henry in place of the injured Adam Milne. He looked to have done enough to retain his place in the side, but the final call on their starting XI could be taken on the day of the final.

The Melbourne Cricket Ground has been rather one-sided in its behaviour so far. Four games have been played at this ground this World Cup and all four have been won by the team batting first rather comfortably. The reason for that has been the nature of the pitch, what with the track expected to get slower and double-paced as the match progresses.

What will be interesting to see is the number of Kiwi supporters in the ground, whether they make that trip across the Tasman to support their team in numbers. The MCG has a capacity of over 90,000 and given that the SCG did not have more than 10-15k Australian supporters, it will also be worth a look at whether the game ends up as a full house.

The last time these two sides met was in that Auckland match on February 28 which New Zealand edged ahead by a wicket. New Zealand have registered two other wins over Australia before that, in the 1992 and the 1999 World Cup. 

Australia, on the other hand, have beaten New Zealand twice in the 1987 World Cup in the league stage, once in the 1996 World Cup quarter-finals, once in the group stage of the 2003 edition and by 215 runs in the Super Eight stage of the 2007 tournament. In 2011 again, New Zealand were bowled out for 206 and Australia needed just 34 overs to get to the target. 

Predictions

Team batting first to win
David Warner to top-score for Australia
Brendon McCullum to top-score for New Zealand


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