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Mar 29, 2015

New Zealand ‘cop it sweet’ after Australia humbling

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum said sometimes you have to “cop it sweet” and admit you were beaten by a better team after they were hammered by seven wickets in their first World Cup final on Sunday.

The Black Caps were the form team of the tournament going into the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, unbeaten in eight matches with Australia and South Africa among their victims.

Mar 29, 2015

Cricket-New Zealand ‘cop it sweet’ after Australia humbling

MELBOURNE, March 29 (Reuters) – New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum said sometimes you have to “cop it sweet” and admit you were beaten by a better team after they were hammered by seven wickets in their first World Cup final on Sunday.

The Black Caps were the form team of the tournament going into the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, unbeaten in eight matches with Australia and South Africa among their victims.

Mar 29, 2015

NZ hold back retirements to allow Australia to bask

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Some New Zealand players may have decided to call time on their one-day or international careers but there will be no immediate announcements to allow Australia to bask in their World Cup triumph, skipper Brendon McCullum said on Sunday.

Australia skipper Michael Clarke announced his retirement from one-day internationals on the eve of the seven-wicket victory at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday, which earned his country a fifth world title.

Mar 29, 2015

New Zealand hold back retirements to allow Australia to bask

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Some New Zealand players may have decided to call time on their one-day or international careers but there will be no immediate announcements to allow Australia to bask in their World Cup triumph, skipper Brendon McCullum said on Sunday.

Australia skipper Michael Clarke announced his retirement from one-day internationals on the eve of the seven-wicket victory at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday, which earned his country a fifth world title.

Mar 29, 2015

Cricket-NZ hold back retirements to allow Australia to bask

MELBOURNE, March 29 (Reuters) – Some New Zealand players may have decided to call time on their one-day or international careers but there will be no immediate announcements to allow Australia to bask in their World Cup triumph, skipper Brendon McCullum said on Sunday.

Australia skipper Michael Clarke announced his retirement from one-day internationals on the eve of the seven-wicket victory at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday, which earned his country a fifth world title.

Mar 29, 2015

We saved our best until last, say Australia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s players said they had saved their best performance until the end of the tournament after beating New Zealand by seven wickets with more than 16 overs to spare in the World Cup final on Sunday.

After their pace attack ripped through the vaunted New Zealand batting to dismiss the co-hosts for 183, skipper Michael Clarke (74) and Steve Smith (56 not out) hit half-centuries to drive Australia to their target and a fifth world title.

Mar 29, 2015

Cricket-We saved our best until last, say Australia

MELBOURNE, March 29 (Reuters) – Australia’s players said they had saved their best performance until the end of the tournament after beating New Zealand by seven wickets with more than 16 overs to spare in the World Cup final on Sunday.

After their pace attack ripped through the vaunted New Zealand batting to dismiss the co-hosts for 183, skipper Michael Clarke (74) and Steve Smith (56 not out) hit half-centuries to drive Australia to their target and a fifth world title.

Mar 29, 2015

New Zealand’s ride of a lifetime ends in defeat

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The 2015 World Cup was, skipper Brendon McCullum said, the ride of a lifetime for New Zealand and even if Australia brought it to a shuddering halt in Sunday’s final, their brilliant campaign will not quickly fade from the memory.

For six weeks, the Black Caps rode to the pinnacle of international cricket on the back of an aggressive brand of the game which earned them eight successive victories and the admiration of millions.

Mar 29, 2015

Cricket-New Zealand’s ride of a lifetime ends in defeat

MELBOURNE, March 29 (Reuters) – The 2015 World Cup was, skipper Brendon McCullum said, the ride of a lifetime for New Zealand and even if Australia brought it to a shuddering halt in Sunday’s final, their brilliant campaign will not quickly fade from the memory.

For six weeks, the Black Caps rode to the pinnacle of international cricket on the back of an aggressive brand of the game which earned them eight successive victories and the admiration of millions.

Mar 29, 2015

Early McCullum exit a huge blow for New Zealand

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – This was not how the script was supposed to run for Brendon McCullum, the personification of the aggressive cricket that had taken New Zealand to their first World Cup final.

With 328 runs, an extraordinary strike rate of more than 191, 44 fours and 17 sixes, the Black Caps captain had led by fearless example as the co-hosts took the tournament by storm.

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