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Cricket World Cup 2015 Final: Australia v New Zealand


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Well here we are at looooooong last.

After a convoluted process that the ICC needs to address, we are at the conclusion that most predicted would occur at the end...

An Australia v New Zealand Final

40 years in the making.

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Two hours in, Taylor and Elliott have stabilized the NZ innings now at 112/3 but those Australian bowlers are tight!

NZ will need to hold on for another half hour as they pass the 30 over mark and start to think of cutting loose after that...All about being cool at the moment.

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At the 40th over New Zealand are in desperate trouble at 164/6 and will now have to find a way through the ruthlessly efficient bowling attack to at least get to 250.

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:( New Zealand all out for 183 in the 46th over...Innings break.

An early night by the looks of things...Australia just simply too good with the bowling.

Tough time for New Zealand but they at least know that they have bowled Australia out for 151 just a few weeks ago.

There in lies the problem...Australia only ever improved from there.

But hey I'm just glad we're in the final...totally worth it, and I so wrapped with a team a year ago would've been knocked out in the pools.

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:) Totally dominant victory by Australia.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Totally proud of New Zealand being there, just simply outplayed by a far better unit.

They can hold their heads up high.

BUT THE NIGHT BELONGS TO AUSTRALIA! :D

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Well, that was the most pointless tournament in the history of sport...from the final 4, to the final 2, to the winner, it was inevitable really. Great for NZ to reach the final, there's no shame in losing to this Aussie team. And it can only do NZ cricket good - but I'm not holding out much hope for England to win a game this summer :unsure:

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Totally gave a much needed boost to NZ Cricket which has gone through such a terrible time of it over the last twenty years and only revealed to everyone why a few years ago.

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Seriously, how is this still a thing? Can a sport that lasts 6.5 hours per game really survive much longer? When will they just adopt the Twenty20 format permanently.

I'll leave this one to arwebb I think. (hides behind sofa)

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The whole idea of the 50/50 game was TV viewing and Kerry Packer who thought of it.

Test Cricket needed a World Cup but who would want to sit through 5 days waiting for what could be a draw? You needed a confirmed winner.

Then came cricket at night, can remember the light towers going up as a kid. MCG looked impressive even back then. Full on spectical and made more so by the raucous crowds and horny cameramen zooming in on bikini clad women enjoying the sun. Later Paker would hire in "promo girls" to be placed around the grounds for added entertainment.

In these more "austere" times the focus is more on the high speed 20/20 format...It has its own WC though and ICC still wants the 50over day game as the premium WC event.

Test Cricket will remain as world of its own...using rankings as who's the best for now.

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Very proud of the Black Caps but they were outplayed in the final. That semi final against south Africa will go down in the record books as one of the best games New Zealand has ever played. I was watching in the middle of the night in Atlanta and was very excited by that win. The world cup was just the shot in the arm that New Zealand cricket needed after a tough few years. A new generation has fallen in love with the Black Caps again.

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I'll leave this one to arwebb I think. (hides behind sofa)

Thank you. You are safe.

Seriously, how is this still a thing? Can a sport that lasts 6.5 hours per game really survive much longer? When will they just adopt the Twenty20 format permanently.

Hopefully long after I'm no longer around. Never mind six and a half hours. You could always try a five day Test match.

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They didn't know it then, but the Aussies gave the perfect farewell gift to the one and only Richie Benaud, who headed to the great commentary box in the sky a couple of days ago.

Richie's voice was a voice of my childhood, a voice of summers spent watching this strange and fascinating game called cricket on the TV and then playing the game with my brothers, one of whom called me with tears in his voice late on Thursday night our time when the news broke, in the yard. More than anyone else, I think, Richie developed and nurtured my love of the game and, for that, I owe him an immense debt of gratitude. When another great cricket commentator, Brian Johnston, left us in 1994, our then Prime Minister, John Major, said that summers would never be the same. For me, summers in England haven't been the same since Richie took the time to say goodbye to us all on Channel 4 back in 2005 and they never will be again.

So, farewell Richie. Farewell and, on behalf of all of us who love the game you introduced us to, thank you. Cricket fans around the world truly are mourning, everyone.

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Big write-ups in the NZ papers today over the loss of the "Voice of Cricket"...Very popular with NZers and matches seemed to have more credibility when Richie Bernaud was on the microphone. Made himself more endearing when he utterly condemed the Underarm bowling incident all those years ago and was clearly disgusted with the Chappell brothers...of course New Zealand never allows it'self and Australia to forget it.

RIP Richie Bernaud :)

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