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28 March 201403:14

One year to go to the final

On this day in one year’s time, four years of waiting and six weeks of intense competition will come to a head as the two best cricket teams in the world meet in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 (CWC 2015) on the hallowed turf of the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

One year to go to the final - Cricket News

The 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup final will be the second to be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground

Will Australia be able to bear the weight to expectation and make it to a home final for the first time? Can current World Champions India make it two in a row? Can the powerful South African and England sides win the World Cup for the first time? Can six times semi-finalists New Zealand sweep all before them? And that is not to mention former winners Sri Lanka, Pakistan and the West Indies!

The battle for domination in 50 over cricket has never been more open. With a full house expected at the ground and more than a billion people likely to be watching around the world on television, the final will be a fitting occasion for cricket’s biggest tournament.
In 2011, MS Dhoni and the Indian team delighted the home crowd by lifting the trophy for the first time since 1983.

In one of the all-time great ICC Cricket World Cup final performances, Dhoni led from the front with an unbeaten 91 off 79 balls to steer India to a six-wicket victory against Sri Lanka.

ICC Cricket World Cup 1987 winner, Australian batsman Dean Jones, says nothing compares to winning a World Cup for an international cricketer.

“Winning a World Cup is the greatest thing of all. I think it’s better than winning the Ashes - and that’s because you have to beat ten teams. You have to bring your number one game and hit the ground running,” says Jones.

Jones says the enormity of winning in 1987 sunk in as soon as the Australia team left Eden Gardens in Calcutta, India.

“To win the final in front of 100,000 people by seven runs was massive. Our hotel was only 500 metres from Eden Gardens, but when we got in the bus there was close to half a million people lining the streets and congratulating us.”

The 2015 final will be the second to be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground following 1992 where Pakistan beat England to win their first ICC Cricket World Cup title.

Batting first, Pakistan legends Imran Khan and Javed Miandad shared in a 139 run partnership to set England 250 to win.

In reply England were rocked by man of the match Wasim Akram who picked up three wickets as Pakistan won by 22 runs to create history.

To make sure that you don’t miss out on history being created in 2015, get your tickets now at www.cricketworldcup.com/tickets.