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29 March 201507:45

The Final – Player Profiles

Here are the profiles of New Zealand and Australia players

The Final – Player Profiles - Cricket News

Can Brendon McCullum take his team to its maiden World Cup title?


David Warner

With 300 runs at 50, Warner has been Australia’s third-most productive batsman and was at his best in Perth against Afghanistan when he powered his way to 178 off 133 balls.

Warner had an excellent summer with the bat against India prior to the start of the tournament, but has had a mixed World Cup. Against England, he scored 22, before being dismissed for 34 against New Zealand.

He rounded out the group stage with nine against Sri Lanka and 21no against Scotland, before reaching 24 in the quarter-final. Warner was an early scalp for India in the semi-final, out for 12.

Aaron Finch

Aaron Finch started the tournament in style, scoring 135 from 128 balls against England in a man-of-the-match performance.

Runs were harder to come by for Finch after that, as he rounded out the group stage with scores of 14, 4, 24 and 20.

Finch was dismissed early in the quarter-final against Pakistan for two before a hard-earned 81 from 116 against India in the semi-final. He has 280 runs for the tournament at 40.

Steve Smith

Smith’s semi-final century added another chapter to a brilliant summer and he leads the runs tally for Australia with 346 from six knocks at 57.66.

His World Cup started slowly with knocks of five against England and four against New Zealand, but since moving up the order to No.3 for Australia’s clash with Afghanistan he has scored three fifties and a century.

Against Afghanistan in Perth he scored 95, before following up with 72 in the crucial game against Sri Lanka. His services with the bat were not required against Scotland but Smith was back in the thick of it against Pakistan in the quarter-final scoring 65, before his 105 in the semi-final.

Michael Clarke

Australia’s skipper had a difficult start to the tournament, missing the first game while still recovering from hamstring surgery, before being denied a chance to have a bat when Australia’s second game against Bangladesh was washed out.

He has since put together several good innings, however, scoring a crucial 68 against Sri Lanka in Sydney when Australia was fighting to secure second spot in Pool A, and he gave himself an extra chance to bat against Scotland in Hobart when he chose to open the batting and scored 47.

In the quarter-final in Adelaide he scored eight, following up with 10 in the semi-final in Sydney and has 145 runs from five innings at an average of 29.

Shane Watson

After a difficult start for the World Cup, Shane Watson has shown his worth for Australia at the business end of the tournament.
He scored 0 and 23 against England and New Zealand and was subsequently left out of the XI which took on Afghanistan in Perth.

Returning to the side in Sydney against Sri Lanka, Watson made the most of the opportunity scoring 67, before following up with an unbeaten 64 in the quarter-final and 28 against India on Thursday.

His 206 runs have come as 41.20 while with the ball, Watson has picked up two wickets at 74m with an economy rate of 6.72.

Glenn Maxwell

Maxwell has more than risen to the occasion this tournament.

First, he scored 66 against England in Australia’s World Cup opener before a quick-fire 88 against Afghanistan.

Then, Maxwell produced a blazing century against Sri Lanka, coming within a ball of posting the fastest-ever World Cup hundred, before chipping in a handy unbeaten 44 against Pakistan in the quarter-finals and 23 against India on Thursday.

Maxwell currently has the third-highest strike rate in the tournament behind Brendon McCullum and Andre Russell, and is second the Australian runs tally with 324 at 64.8.

James Faulkner

Faulkner missed the first three matches of Australia’s campaign due to a side complaint, but returned to the side against Afghanistan in Perth.

Since, he has scored 44 runs at 14.66 and picked up seven wickets at 23, with his best performances against Sri Lanka (3-48) and India (3-59).

Brad Haddin

The veteran wicketkeeper has served Australia well at the tournament. Aside from an uncharacteristic mistake behind the stumps against India, when he put down a chance off Shikhar Dhawan, Haddin has been near faultless.

He has served his middle-order role well, providing useful and fast contributions with the bat including a vital 43 against New Zealand, and knocks of 31 and 25 against England and Sri Lanka.

Haddin’s 126 runs have come at an average of 42, but more importantly with a strike rate of 157.50.

Mitchell Johnson

Johnson had not experienced the same success as Mitch Starc in the World Cup but the quick came into his own in the semi-final when he took 2-50, including the crucial wickets of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

His best performance for the tournament so far was against Afghanistan, when he collected 4-22, while his 12 scalps for the tournament have come at an average of 24.66 with an economy rate of 5.43.

Mitchell Starc

Sitting second on the World Cup wicket taker tally, Starc has been brilliant for Australia this tournament, having taken 20 wickets at an average of 10.20 while maintaining a miserly economy rate of 3.65.

He almost single-handedly stole the match for Australia against New Zealand in Auckland when he took a devastating 6-28, while against Scotland he collected 4-14.

Starc has been consistent through the tournament, picking up two wickets in each of his five other outings.

Josh Hazlewood

Josh Hazlewood has found himself moving in and out of the Australian XI through the tournament as selectors stuck to their ‘horses for courses’ policy when deciding between his control and Pat Cummin’s extra pace.

After taking 0-45 in the opening match against England when he struggled to find his line and subsequently missing the match against New Zealand, Hazlewood took 2-25 against Afghanistan.

Brought back into the side for the quarter-final in Adelaide, Hazlewood took 4-35 and was man of match, booking his place in the semi-final where he took 1-41.

Pat Cummins

Cummins has made two appearance for Australia through the World Cup, being brought into the side for the Auckland match against New Zealand.

He took 2-38 on that occasion, before being left out of the teams for matches against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, before returning to the team for the final group match against Scotland where he picked up 3-42.

He was left out of the team for the Adelaide quarter-final as Australia stuck to its ‘horses for courses’ selection policy, opting to bring in Josh Hazlewood.

George Bailey

George Bailey started the tournament as Australia’s skipper while Michael Clarke recovered from hamstring surgery and led the side to a commanding victory against England.

Bailey scored 55 in that match, but has remained on the sidelines since Clarke’s return against New Zealand.

Mitch Marsh

Mitch Marsh started with the World Cup with a bang against England, scoring 23 before taking 5-33 in a match-winning performance.
He took 0-11 against New Zealand in Auckland and remained in the XI when fellow allrounder James Faulkner returned from injury in Australia’s third outing against Afghanistan in Perth, where he recorded figures of 0-25 from three overs.

Marsh was then dropped for the following match against Sri Lanka in Sydney when Shane Watson was recalled.

Xavier Doherty

Xavier Doherty’s services were called on for one match during the pool stages, when he stepped into the playing XI for Australia’s SCG showdown with Sri Lanka.

He took 0-60 from seven overs in that match with an economy rate of 8.57.


Brendon McCullum

The Black Caps skipper has shown he will not take a backwards step this tournament and has no time for circumspect cricket and no intention of changing his game plan.

He will go hard from ball one and if it comes off, it could be the match-winner. But as shown when he was dismissed for 12 in the quarter-final, McCullum’s aggressive, no holds barred approach can be a risky one.

McCullum scored the fast World Cup fifty of all time earlier in the tournament, taking England opening bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad to task, while his 59 off 32 balls against South Africa in the semi-final set up the Black Caps’ chase.

McCullum has 328 runs for the tournament at 41, including scores of 77 against England, 65 against Sri Lanka and 50 against Australia.

Martin Guptill

Martin Guptill became only the fifth player to score a double ton in the quarter-final and only the second player to do so in World Cups when he blasted an unbeaten 237 from 163 balls.

His 532 tournament runs have come as an average of 76 and strike rate of 108.79 and proved the batsman can be every bit as dangerous as his counterpart at the top of the order.

Guptill’s other contributions for the tournament include 105 against Bangladesh and 57 against Afghanistan.

Kane Williamson

Kane Williamson headed into the World Cup in a rich vein of form, but has struggle to replicate his high-scoring antics through the tournament to date.

His best knock was 57 against Sri Lanka in Christchurch, alongside innings of 38, 9no, 45no, 33, 1, 33 and 6.

Williamson has 222 runs at 37 for the Cup so far.

Ross Taylor

Ross Taylor did not set the world alight during the group stages of with scores of 14, 9, 5*, 1 and 24*, but scored 56 against Bangladesh in the final pool game before a determined 42 during the quarter-final against West Indies.

That innings was prematurely ended thanks to a mix-up with Martin Guptill, but it would have given him a boost of confidence.
In the semi-final, he paired with Grant Elliot to see the Black Caps home, scoring 30.

Grant Elliott

Having forced his way into the Black Caps’ World Cup squad with strong domestic form, Grant Elliot will long be remembered for his match-winning 84no against South Africa which sealed New Zealand’s place in the final.

Aside from hitting the winning six, Elliot has scored 227 runs at 37.83 for the tournament, with his other best knocks coming against Bangladesh (39) and Scotland (29).

With the ball, Elliot has taken two wickets at 34 with an economy rate of 8.50.

Corey Anderson

An allrounder capable of scoring rapid runs, Corey Anderson has been a consistent performer for the Black Caps with both bat and ball this tournament.

He has scored 231 runs at 38.50 in seven innings and collected 14 wickets at 16.21 with an economy rate of 6.45.

His best performance was in the semi-final when he scored 58 and took 3-72, while he also picked up 3-18 against Scotland earlier in the tournament and scored 75 against Sri Lanka in the tournament opener.

Luke Ronchi

Luke Ronchi has had a solid tournament behind the stumps for New Zealand but has struggled somewhat with the bat, managing 73 runs in six innings at 14.6.

His best performance was an unbeaten 29 against Sri Lanka in the opening match but he has only reached double figures on one other occasion.

The wicketkeeper has also taken 12 catches and one stumping.

Daniel Vettori

Daniel Vettori picked up his 300th ODI wicket earlier in the tournament and has asserted himself in New Zealand’s matches through the tournament to date, perfectly complementing the opening bowling feats of Tim Southee and Trent Boult.

He has 15 wickets in seven matches at an economy rate of 3.98, while his best figures for the tournament, 4-18 off 10 over at an economy rate of 1.80, came against Afghanistan.

Vettori’s most influential performance was at Eden Park against Australia, when he was brought on by skipper Brendon McCullum to halt the fast-flowing runs from the Australian top order and snared the key dismissals of Shane Watson and Steve Smith.

Matt Henry

Just days before the semi-final against South Africa, Matt Henry was playing in a first-class match in Canterbury.

But after Adam Milne was ruled out of the tournament with a heel injury, Henry was given the call-up to the squad and brought straight into the playing XI ahead of other pace options Kyle Mills and Mitchell McClenaghan.

Henry bowled right overs against South Africa, finishing with 0-40 including two maidens and impressed with his controlled pace.
Tim Southee

Right-arm paceman Tim Southee has teamed perfectly with Trent Boult through the tournament so far, forming one of the most dangerous opening bowling partnerships.

He tore through England taking 7-33 in Wellington and has 15 scalps at 27.13 for the World Cup so far.

Trent Boult

Trent Boult could not have asked for a better World Cup so far, sitting on top of the wicket takers heading into the final.

He has taken 21 wickets at 15.76, including 5-27 against Australia and 4-44 against West Indies, and kept a tidy economy rate of 4.41.
Boult took 2-53 against South Africa in the semi-final, removing key players Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock.

Adam Milne

A fast bowler with explosive pace, Adam Milne took five wickets from six World Cup matches before being ruled out of the tournament with a heel injury.

His best performance was 2-56 against Sri Lanka.

Mitchell McClenaghan

One of New Zealand’s fastest bowlers, Mitchell McClenaghan was called into the Black Caps team for the final pool match against Bangladesh after Adam Milne suffered a shoulder injury while fielding.

He took 0-68 off eight overs and was left out of the quarter-final team when Milne returned.

Tom Latham

One of the youngest members of the Black Caps team, Tom Latham is an aggressive left-handed batsman who represented New Zealand in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in 2010 as the team’s wicketkeeper. Strong form from the Black Caps means he had not been able to break into the team this tournament.

Nathan McCullum

The older brother of New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum has not had a chance to don his Black Cap this tournament.

While best known for his off-break bowling, McCullum could be considered an all-rounder, having produced valuable knocks for his country throughout his one-day international career.

Kyle Mills

Kyle Mills has had plenty batsmen shaking in their boots thanks to his precise fast bowling throughout his career, but has not been called upon by the Black Caps this tournament, overlooked in favour of Matt Henry when Adam Milne was ruled out of the tournament.

Mills made his one-day international debut for the Black Caps against Pakistan in 2001. He has since played more than 160 ODIs for his country and taken more than 230 wickets.

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