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Mar 29, 2015

Cricket-Ruthless Australia resume world domination

MELBOURNE, March 29 (Reuters) – As Steven Smith pulled the winning boundary to crush a New Zealand fairytale and clinch a fifth World Cup for Australia on Sunday, Michael Clarke’s side celebrated a glorious end to a journey marked by a period of self-doubt and grief for a fallen team mate.

Captain Clarke retires from one-day cricket with his legacy intact but his team will charge on to the 2019 tournament with renewed belief in their ability to re-generate, adapt and rebound from the stiffest of challenges.

Mar 29, 2015

Faulkner on fire as Australia skittle New Zealand for 183

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A devastating spell by fast-bowling all-rounder James Faulkner allowed Australia to put one hand on a fifth World Cup trophy as New Zealand were skittled for 183 after batting first at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

With the fourth-wicket partnership of Ross Taylor and Grant Elliott having rebuilt New Zealand’s innings with a 111-run stand, the 24-year-old struck twice in the first over of the second power-play in the 36th over.

Mar 29, 2015

Cricket-Faulkner on fire as Australia skittle New Zealand for 183

MELBOURNE, March 29 (Reuters) – A devastating spell by fast-bowling all-rounder James Faulkner allowed Australia to put one hand on a fifth World Cup trophy as New Zealand were skittled for 183 after batting first at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

With the fourth-wicket partnership of Ross Taylor and Grant Elliott having rebuilt New Zealand’s innings with a 111-run stand, the 24-year-old struck twice in the first over of the second power-play in the 36th over.

Mar 29, 2015

New Zealand win toss, bat first in World Cup final

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and elected to bat first in the cricket World Cup final against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

The MCG’s drop-in pitch is expected to be batsman-friendly and McCullum will hope his side can put 300 on the board given no team has ever chased down such a total in one-day international cricket at the ground.

Mar 29, 2015

Cricket-New Zealand win toss, bat first in World Cup final

MELBOURNE, March 29 (Reuters) – New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and elected to bat first in the cricket World Cup final against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

The MCG’s drop-in pitch is expected to be batsman-friendly and McCullum will hope his side can put 300 on the board given no team has ever chased down such a total in one-day international cricket at the ground.

Mar 28, 2015

Skill, not emotion, wins World Cups, says retiring Clarke

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s retiring one-day captain Michael Clarke has urged his players to put “skill over emotion” in their bid to down New Zealand in Sunday’s World Cup final, though his swan-song is sure to imbue the match with extra sentiment.

Clarke announced his retirement from the one-day game on the eve of the Melbourne Cricket Ground blockbuster and will hope to wrap up his career in the 50-over format by leading Australia to a fifth world trophy.

Mar 28, 2015

Cricket-Skill, not emotion, wins World Cups, says retiring Clarke

MELBOURNE, March 28 (Reuters) – Australia’s retiring one-day captain Michael Clarke has urged his players to put “skill over emotion” in their bid to down New Zealand in Sunday’s World Cup final, though his swan-song is sure to imbue the match with extra sentiment.

Clarke announced his retirement from the one-day game on the eve of the Melbourne Cricket Ground blockbuster and will hope to wrap up his career in the 50-over format by leading Australia to a fifth world trophy.

Mar 28, 2015

Australia captain Clarke to retire from ODIs after final

By Ian Ransom

(Reuters) – Australia captain Michael Clarke dropped a bombshell on the eve of the World Cup final by announcing he will retire from one-day cricket after Sunday’s title-decider against New Zealand.

“Tomorrow will be my last ODI game for Australia,” the 33-year-old told reporters at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, adding he had no thoughts of stepping down from the test captaincy.

Mar 28, 2015

Cricket-Australia captain Clarke to retire from ODIs after final

March 28 (Reuters) – Australia captain Michael Clarke dropped a bombshell on the eve of the World Cup final by announcing he will retire from one-day cricket after Sunday’s title-decider against New Zealand.

“Tomorrow will be my last ODI game for Australia,” the 33-year-old told reporters at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, adding he had no thoughts of stepping down from the test captaincy.

Mar 27, 2015

Australia’s renaissance leads to World Cup final

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s trip to a seventh World Cup final on Sunday may seem standard fare for a nation that has already won cricket’s ultimate prize four times, but the achievement marks a stunning turnaround from the depths of two years ago.

Battling mediocrity in all formats, Michael Clarke’s side lurched from crisis to crisis in the annus horribilus of 2013, as reports of in-fighting, sackings and bar-room assaults dominated newspaper headlines.

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