New Zealand had more strength in depth than ever before in this event but tonight they couldn't get it together and perhaps the occasion may have just been too much for them. Elliott was the only one to hold some resistance and played beautifully and freely with form and class.
Strength in depth is something we take for granted in Australia with our depth that we have in first class cricket. We have a fantastic squad - look at the players that have missed out today! George Bailey, Mitchell Marsh, Xavier Doherty and Pat Cummins a least were a part of the squad; then you look at Cameron White, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Ashton Agar to name a few who didn’t make the cut.
You always want to be peaking when you get to a World Cup final and Australia were just brilliant today. The Starc and McCullum match-up was the key one for me. I knew if McCullum could get through the first 10 overs he would get New Zealand off to a flyer. But Starc was up to it and obviously had a plan to bowl fuller lengths. Once McCullum was out New Zealand were really squeezed by the Aussies and they put them under enormous pressure. They never really recovered and they limped to 183. Johnson and Faulkner were very impressive and I thought it was a good all-round bowling performance.
In the run chase Australia lost the early wicket of Aaron Finch, but David Warner was brilliantly aggressive in chasing down a small total. Steve Smith just continued his form as he has done right throughout the summer and looked really good at the crease.
It was captain Michael Clarke’s last ODI match so it was fitting that he should have some sort of influence on this game and his innings was very controlled. For Australia to win their fifth World Cup and for him to play with a touch of class and just reminded us of his talent as a one day player.
It has been over two decades since Australia has hosted a World Cup final. This tournament has been the best showcase of cricket in the history of World Cups so I hope we will see the event back here soon.
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