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Cricket World Cup Final Team News - Australia v New Zealand likely line-ups

Suneer Chowdhary 28 Mar 2015
  • Australia likely to name an unchanged side for the final
  • Matt Henry set to keep his place in the New Zealand side
Captains Michael Clarke and Brendon McCullum pose with the World Cup trophy

What will the Australia and New Zealand line-ups be for the Cricket World Cup Final at the MCG on Sunday? We assess the likely teams.

Australia are known to name their playing XI a day before the games but they have bucked the trend throughout the 2015 Cricket World Cup by opting out of doing that. However, captain Michael Clarke has given an insight to what the starting XI could be.

Speaking to the media at the end of their semi-final against India, Clarke said he would not be able to reveal the playing XI but when probed further, he did admit it would be difficult to change a winning line-up from Thursday's semi-final victory over India. 

Clarke said: " I think if everyone is fully fit, it's going to be extremely hard to change the 11."

He added: "I think physical recovery is the most important thing for us right now. I think mentally the team is ready for this final. If the game was today or the game was tomorrow, I think we're ready mentally. 

"We've been building up throughout this tournament to get this opportunity to play a World Cup final. I'm not concerned there. It's just making sure the guys can recover as well as we can from this tough game."

Clarke confirmed there were no fitness issues for any one of the players with the exception of Josh Hazlewood, who came off the field because of what he described a sore thumb but should be fine for the final.

New Zealand had to make one hurried change for their semi-final win against South Africa but will they go into the World Cup final with the same XI?

The Blackcaps are the only unbeaten team in the tournament and they have gone about their business in the most professional manner, not looking to change their team around in any game just to give their reserve players a go. 

However, they have suffered an injury which forced them to make a change in the league stage and then again in their semi-final against South Africa.

An injury to Adam Milne gave Mitchell McClenaghan a chance in one the league game but he went for over eight an over in that match and in the absence of any movement, struggled to get going. 

So when Milne injured himself again before the semi-finals and was ruled out of the World Cup, not only did the selectors bring in Matt Henry into the squad but also decided to use him in the playing XI against South Africa. That turned out to be a good move.

In a high-scoring semi-final, in which South Africa made 281 for five from their 43 overs, Henry conceded just 40 from his eight overs. His pace was obviously up there with the rest of them and he bowled with a lot of control as well. 

As a result of that, one senses the New Zealand management won't want to make any change to the side unless there are last-minute injuries. Henry should retain his place in the playing XI ahead of Kyle Mills and McClenaghan.


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