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Marc Higginson, James Gheerbrant and Mark Mitchener

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  1. Goodbye

    What a day for Australia, they were convincing winners of their fifth World Cup trophy. And that is where we will leave it... be sure to watch out for reaction throughout the day on the BBC Sport cricket pages. It's been a pleasure to have your company throughout the tournament. Be sure to check in with us when England tour West Indies in a fortnight. Until 13 April, it's goodbye from the cricket team.

    Australia's Brad Haddin (L) and team-mate David Warner
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    Pat Murphy

    BBC Radio 5 live

    On Twitter: ICC's Dave Richardson lets cat out of the bag on TMS by admitting next two World Cups will be reduced from 14 to 10 teams because of TV deal. I'm sure the largesse for the ICC from the World Cup TV deal will be a major consolation to teams like Ireland, Scotland & Afghanistan.

  3. 'West Indies and England didn't turn up'

    Former England pace bowler Steve Harmison on BBC Radio 5 live: "The big surprise for me was India - they didn't look confident going into the tournament but they came very close to winning it at the end. Whereas West Indies and England didn't turn up."

  4. 'England would never pick Finch & Warner'

    Former England pace bowler Steve Harmison on BBC Radio 5 live: "Australia have got strength in depth - if anything's wrong with Michael Clarke, George Bailey comes into the side and captains. If not, he doesn't play. Brad Haddin holds them all together and when the big occasion comes, he stands up to be counted. England would never dream of picking two players like Finch and Warner at the top of the order."

    David Warner (L) sprays champagne on team-mate Steve Smith
  5. 'Australia have got stronger and stronger'

    Former England one-day wicketkeeper Paul Nixon on BBC Radio 5 live: "Australia just bowled so straight, they gave no width. Geoff Boycott talks about the corridor of uncertainty but in one-day cricket you just want to free your arms, and we saw so many balls fly through second slip, gully or point. We thought England were in a good place until the last Ashes, but Australia have come back and got stronger and stronger. They're in a good place."

  6. 'Batsmen aren't scared of pace'

    Former England pace bowler Steve Harmison on BBC Radio 5 live: "Batsmen aren't scared of pace any more. If you get it slightly off at pace, it's going to go to the boundary. Australia have won the tournament by bowling in the right place at the right time."

  7. Post update

    This is what the World Cup trophy looks like close up. Nice, isn't it?

    Captain Michael Clarke holds the Cricket World Cup trophy
  8. 'Left-armers proved key'

    Former England pace bowler Steve Harmison on BBC Radio 5 live: "At the start of the World Cup there were four powerhouses, they all got to the semi-finals, and probably the best team won it. Australia were rightly champions. Everyone asked if it would be power, sixes and fours and scoring 400, but in the end I thought the team who bowled the best would win the World Cup - that's why I went for South Africa. But the left-armers have been able to swing it at pace."

  9. 'Delighted for Lehmann'

    Former England one-day wicketkeeper Paul Nixon on BBC Radio 5 live: "As an Englishman you're always hoping for Australian to make a mistake. But I'm delighted for Darren Lehmann who's a top bloke and was a stalwart of county cricket. Australia attacked the new batsmen very well today and never gave them a sniff."

  10. Final scorecard

    Australia 186-3 from 33.1 overs won by seven wickets

    Not out batsmen: Smith 56, Watson 2

    Fall of wickets: 2-1 (Finch 0), 63-2 (Warner 45), 175-3 (Clarke 74)

    Bowling figures: Southee 8-0-65-0, Boult 10-0-40-1, Vettori 5-0-25-0, Henry 9.1-0-46-2, Anderson 1-0-7-0

    New Zealand 183 (45 overs): Elliott 83, Johnson 3-30, Faulkner 3-36

    NZ won toss

    Listen to TMS commentary via the audio tab.


  11. Post update

    Australia lost Aaron Finch for a duck, bowled by Trent Boult, but Michael Clarke ending his ODI career with a flourish and hitting 74 off 72 balls to see his side over the line. It was a procession in the end.

  12. Post update

    In case you're just joining us, Mitchell Starc took the roof off the MCG with a searing yorker which bowled Brendon McCullum for a duck in the first over of the game. Grant Elliott's 83 gave New Zealand hope of a decent total but they lost their last seven wickets for 33 runs. Ominously, Mitchell Johnson was on form from ball one - bowling fast and furious and picking up figures of 3-30.

  13. Man of the series

    More from Mitchell Starc: "I've worn my black armband every day of training and playing since it happened. He will never be forgotten and he's definitely part of this World Cup squad."

  14. Man of the series

    More from Mitchell Starc: "After the game in NZ, we knew we had to assess McCullum as we went. I got a plan going to bowl a decent yorker to him first up. I'm not sure how the first one missed, but the third one hit."

  15. Man of the series

    Player of the tournament Mitchell Starc: "It's nice to see bat dominate ball every now and again. There's been some big scores, but the whole tournament has been fantastic. We've worked really hard at our bowling. The whole bowling unit was awesome."

  16. Post update

    The Australian press conference is coming up. First we'll hear from Mitchell Starc and James Faulkner...

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    Daily Mail cricket correspondent Paul Newman: Typically classy of New Zealand to postpone retirement announcements until later so all attention on Australia after their World Cup win...

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    Mark Cohen: As is so often the case, a semi-final not the final was the best game but Australia played their best when it mattered most.

  19. Post update

    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport in Melbourne

    "Brendon McCullum's press conference finishes with a round of applause. I've never seen that before."

  20. 'Our friendships will last forever'

    New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum: "We've created memories and friendships that will last for the rest of our lives. It would have been nice to have won it, but I'm sure everyone will be proud of what we've been able to achieve."

  21. B-Mac takes it on

    Press conference gold...

    Journalist: "Were you tentative in the first over?"

    Brendon McCullum: "I ran down second ball, didn't I? Hadds asked me if I was still going to have a crack, I said 'too right I am'. I did try to block the one that got me out."

  22. 'Starc was too good for me today'

    Brendon McCullum is still talking to the assembled media: "I don't think we're the finished product just yet, but we're heading in the right direction. We have a group prepared to buy into team plans and play an aggressive brand of cricket. We are starting to get there. It's hard when you've lost a final, but we're richer for the experience. We need to keep getting better, but we're going the right way about it.

    "Starc was a bit too good for me today. He deserves the man of the tournament."

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    Sunday Times cricket correspondent Simon Wilde: One of the oddest features to this World Cup is the steep drop in run-outs. Only 39 in all, compared to 60-something in last two World Cups... maybe no-one is bothering to run any more, just whack boundaries. New Zealand good fielding team but they didn't run out anyone.

  24. Email

    Mike Johnson: We might have to introduce a Handicap system: "And England won the toss! They will bat first with 200 on the board"...

  25. 'England need more pace'

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    What can England learn from Australia?

    "They've got the structure right here in Australia. There's enough English players out there who play an exciting brand of cricket, but my worry is the pace of the bowlers. Even Bangladesh had two seamers bowling quicker than the England seamers. There's not a lot of mystery spin in England - but there's not a lot of mystery spin anywhere in the world as they're all in Cardiff having their actions tested!

    "The pace element needs to arrive - the next World Cup is in England in 2019, and they've got four years to bring players into that side. Even take a backward step if you can bring some players in and get them used to it."

  26. Captain's view

    More from Brendon McCullum: "It's just cricket. You can't have any regrets. You got out and play it as well as you can but if the other team is better, you cop it sweet.

    "We've lost two finals to them [also the 2009 Champions Trophy], but we're a lot different to back then. I don't put a great deal on losing finals, it's just a good thing that we're making them."

  27. Captain's view

    Here's more from New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum: "I thought it was a good toss to win. The pitch played OK, which you saw through Ross and Grant. They were able to swing the ball. If we bowled, they might have got 400. We thought runs on the board was the way to go and had we got 260, we might have had a different conversation now."

  28. Post update

    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport in Melbourne

    "This press conference is so packed, journalists are identifying themselves by shouting fielding positions. 'Brendon, over here, wide mid-off'. 'Come catching' is a reply typical of McCullum."

  29. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "It was only three months or so ago that Michael Clarke was at an absolute emotional low after the tragic death of Phillip Hughes - he'd have liked to have hit the winning runs today, but it did give him the chance to walk off to an ovation."

  30. Captain's view

    New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum at the post-match news conference: "Clarke has been an outstanding cricketer for Australia, he deserves to bow out a WC winner. Congratulations to him.

    "There may be guys who in our group who will retire. We'll let the dust settle, because this is about Australia. It's the right thing to allow them to bask in their glory.

    "They were too good on the day. They put us under early pressure, we re-gathered, then they came again. They stepped up in the key moments. It was a convincing win. But maybe if we played them again tomorrow it would be a different story."

  31. Post update

    Jim Maxwell

    BBC Test Match Special

    "This Australia team is up there with the other teams which have won World Cups - they're brilliant in the field, versatile, and have timed this run to victory like great racehorse trainers have trained their steeds to win Melbourne Cups.

    "Steve Smith said earlier in the tournament that the aim was to be playing their best cricket in the last week, and that's what they've done. We've got two Mitch gunslingers in this team, it won't be Clarke leading the team any more but it's a mighty fine team."

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    Ryan Knight: Biggest let down of the World Cup was Dale Steyn...

  33. How's stat?!

    Let's look at the stats that matter....

    Most runs in the tournament: M Guptill (NZ) 547, K Sangakkara (SL) 541, AB de Villiers (SA) 482.

    Highest scores: M Guptill 237 (NZ v WI), C Gayle 215 (WI v Zim), D Warner 178 (Aus v Afg).

    Most wickets: M Starc (Aus) 22, T Boult (NZ) 22, Yadav (Ind) 18.

    Best bowling: T Southee 7-33 (NZ v Eng), M Starc 6-28 (Aus v NZ), T Boult 5-27 (NZ v Aus)

  34. Text 81111

    Martin from Stoke: So World Cup over and I think it's been a poor one. Excitement isn't necessarily generated by big six hitting and double hundreds but by close matches and there have been precious few of those. Games involving Associate nations have been the highlight.

    Dawn from Kings Lynn: Australia beat two of the best teams (India and New Zealand) on the way to win the World Cup. Thoroughly deserved.

  35. Post update

    The Australian players are now savouring a beer in the sanctuary of the changing rooms. There's three cool boxes stacked up. It could be a lively night.

  36. Post update

    I should also point you in the direction of the story we have done with ICC chief executive David Richardson, who has been speaking to Test Match Special.

    Talking about the so-called minnow, he said: "We have to make sure we don't put associate members into tournaments just for window dressing. We must ensure Ireland and Afghanistan get more resources and play more full members on a more regular basis."

  37. Post update

    We're going to try and keep this live rolling while we wait for the post-match news conferences. Stick with us, folks.

    The MCG
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    England wicketkeeper Matt Prior: Gutted for Brendan McCullum and the Black Caps but hats off to the Aussies. Seriously good team playing seriously good cricket. Also congratulations to @MClarke23 for an outstanding ODI career. Leading his team to a World Cup is one hell of a way to bow out.

    West Indies opener Chris Gayle: Congrats @MClarke23 & team Australia on winning the #WorldCup2015. #FullJoy #63NotOut #Champions - well done NZ! Great finish pups.

    Former England batsman Mark Butcher: Congrats Australia. A high quality, high impact group of players, 95% of whom play Test cricket too. #itsallabouttheplayers

  39. Post update

    Get it framed, lads. Get it above the fireplace. Savour it for all time.

    Australian players celebrate winning the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup final
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    Ilyas Najib: Been a long 6 weeks, my sleeping pattern is ruined, I have put weight on with late nights & junk food, but it was all worth it.

  41. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Australia have a series in the West Indies to warm up for the Ashes. We know what England's schedule is - two weeks tomorrow they're bowling the first ball of the Test series in Antigua, then there's Tests and one-dayers against New Zealand."

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "England have got to try and play a less attritional brand of cricket against Australia if they're to win the Ashes. They need to be a bit more risky. The top seven are going to have to get most of the runs as eight to 11 aren't going to do well against Johnson, Starc, Harris, Hazlewood, Cummins and Pattinson. We're not really painting a good picture ahead of the Ashes, but that's the reality."

  43. Post update

    Already, though, thoughts are turning towards the Ashes. How will England cope with the two Mitchells? What can they do to stop Steve Smith? The first Test begins in Cardiff on 8 July.

  44. Post update

    Spare a thought this morning for London-based Kiwi Peter Thompson. He flew out to Australia on Friday night, went to the game today and is back in the office on Tuesday for an important meeting. It's a long way to go to get beat. Not a bad tale to tell the grandkids though. Check out his story here.

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    Australian cricket journalist Jesse Hogan: As @VineyTom noted, congrats Launceston in northern Tasmania. Now three to win man of match in World Cup final: Boon 1987, Ponting 2003, Faulkner 2015.

  46. Victory parade

    As I type, a press release has popped into my email inbox from Cricket Australia declaring a victory parade will be held for the World Cup winners in Federation Square on Monday. The free fan event will take place at 11:30am (Melbourne time) if you're in the area.

    Australia celebrate
  47. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "People will say McCullum went too hard too soon, but that's the way he took New Zealand to the final. They just came up against a better team - you've got to be very good to keep 150kph yorkers out like those Starc was bowling. McCullum has mainly been doing well against right-arm over bowlers."

  48. Text 81111

    Andy, N Ireland: Here's something for the ICC to chew on. It seems to me that their argument for limiting the involvement of Associate nations in future World Cups is that they want to see fewer one-sided meaningless games in the pool phase. Well, in this World Cup most of the meaningless, one-sided games have been in the knockout phase! Apart from the extraordinary semi-final between NZ & SA, all of the other knockout games have been hugely disappointing. Time to think again ICC?

  49. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "New Zealand will be disappointed to have lost, but they've played an outstanding brand of cricket with total sportsmanship and respect - think of the boost they've given to cricket in New Zealand."

  50. The winning moment

    Here's the moment Australia won the trophy. Ready, steady, party!

    Australia celebrate
  51. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "The Aussies have this brash nature on the pitch, but they're a humble group. This World Cup has been won by the bowlers, and they've got that much bowling stock that it could be a while before anyone catches them. They've not got a spinner like they had with Shane Warne but they've got a huge amount of hunger and talent."

  52. Post update

    After showering each other with champagne, the Australians set off on a lap of honour. The World Cup trophy is shared around and held aloft by different players as photographers scramble to get important shots. James Faulkner kisses the top of the trophy rather like Laurent Blanc would to Fabien Barthez's head.

  53. Text 81111

    Ben from Shropshire: Usually love to see the Aussies fail but with everything that's happened this year you can't begrudge them. #63NotOutForever

    Nathan in Leeds: It would have been nice to have a new team win it, but sounds like the best team won. And this is for Phillip Hughes.

  54. Captain's view

    Australia captain Michael Clarke: "I'm over the moon. The New Zealand team deserve a lot of credit - they're always a tough team to beat. Congratulations to Brendon and the team on a great tournament. Thanks to every cricket supporter out there, and most importantly, thanks to that amazing team - the way they've stood up and played tonight, they deserve to stand there.

    "We played really well tonight. The guys were ready. It's been an honour and a privilege to represent my country in both Test and ODI cricket. The time is right for me to step down from ODI cricket.

    "[Asked about his black armband] The band has got PH on it. I will wear it every game I play for Australia. It's been a really tough few months - I'm sure everybody standing on this stage will say we played this World Cup with 16 players. This victory is dedicated to our little brother Phillip Hughes. Hughesy used to party as good as any of them so I guarantee we'll celebrate hard tonight."

  55. Post update

    The World Cup trophy is presented to the Australian captain Michael Clarke, who roars with delight as gold tickertape is blasted into the Melbourne sky. Above the stadium, fireworks are set off. After jumping up and down excitedly, the players gather round for a team picture. The night of their lives.

    Australia lift the trophy
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    Australia women's seam bowler Megan Schutt: Yes lads! Convincing win. Credit to NZ on their tournament... Aussies just too good today.

  57. Post update

    Australia captain Michael Clarke is being interviewed now, and he offers congratulations to the New Zealanders and in particular Brendon McCullum. "Well played, mate," he says with a warm smile. B-Mac looks as though he appreciates the gesture.

    Michael Clarke
  58. Coach's view

    Australia coach Darren Lehmann on TMS: "It has been a magnificent performance, kicked off by the bowlers and we got the runs quite easily. We've been working towards this for six weeks and wanted the perfect game in the final, so that's pleasing.

    "McCullum had got New Zealand off to fliers in a lot of games so it was a pleasing wicket for us. I knew if we batted 30 overs we'd be about that score anyway. Michael played beautifully tonight - we're going to enjoy the next couple of days and then look to our next goal."

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    Rob Gallagher: Excellent World Cup overall, shame the final wasn't as close but still the best team won. Congratulations to Australia.

    Amelia O'Dubhain: So proud of you Australia Cricket Team. Well played.

  60. Post update

    And now the Australians step forward to pick up their winners' medals. To a man, they have been magnificent.

  61. Player of the tournament

    Player of the tournament Mitchell Starc: "It was an amazing tournament, with some outstanding performances. New Zealand set the benchmark with some amazing performances.

    "I've worked really hard with Craig McDermott, we worked out a plan and to see it come to fruition tonight and throughout the tournament was amazing. Craig and I had a little plan for McCullum so I was pleased to get that one. The support through the tournament's been great."

    Mitchell Starc
  62. Man of the tournament

    Step forward Australia's Mitchell Starc, he of the left-arm spearing yorkers. He took 22 wickets at an average of 10.18, tilting the balance in his team's favour throughout the tournament.

  63. Captain's view

    New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum: "It's been one hell of a ride for us. We played some outstanding cricket, but we ran into an outstanding Australia team tonight who continue to set the way in world cricket. Michael Clarke deserves to bow out as world champion.

    "[On the Mitchell Starc delivery that dismissed him] It was a quick one. It all unfolded not as we planned. I thought we got ourselves back in the game at 150-3, but Australia as they do put us back under pressure. We were the second-best team.

    "We've got no regrets - as a cricketer this is the greatest stage you can ask for. We've forged memories and friendships that will last forever. The brand of cricket we've is something we're immensely proud of. It is the greatest time of our lives and that's the way we've tried to play the game. I'm immensely proud of all the guys."

  64. Man of the match

    Man of the match James Faulkner, who took 3-36: "It's an amazing feeling being in front of 90,000 fans at the MCG and winning a World Cup. It's been an amazing couple of years and we brought our 'A' game today. Normally I get tossed the ball in the powerplay, today it worked out. The physio staff have looked after me tremendously."

    James Faulkner of Australia
  65. Man of the match

    James Faulkner is named man of the match. And it's hard to disagree, New Zealand had laid a solid platform when they reached 150-3, but Faulkner took two wickets in the first over of the powerplay and precipitated a collapse that saw seven wickets fall for 38.

  66. Post update

    New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum is gracious in defeat, heaping praise on Australia and admitting his team were second-best. He might be aggressive and like a bulldozer with bat in hand, but he's measured, humble and very likeable when speaking to the media.

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    Ben Stephens: The biggest letdown at this World Cup hasn't been England at all it's been Chris Gayle, he hit one big score and then nothing.

  68. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Captains are only as good as their bowling attacks - this one will be remembered for all those left-arm pace bowlers - Starc, Johnson, Boult and Wahab Riaz. England don't have any at the moment."

  69. Post update

    The glum-looking New Zealand players collect their runners-up medals. Let's not forget how they have lit up this tournament. The good news is that they are heading to England in a month or so. That should be some series.

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    Alison Mitchell

    BBC Test Match Special

    On Twitter: A summer which started with the tragedy of Phillip Hughes ends with the triumph of a World Cup win. Well played Aussies.

  71. Post update

    The dignitaries are introduced to the crowd and ICC chairman N. Srinivasan is booed by some inside the MCG. The man to his right, Sachin Tendulkar, is warmly applauded.

  72. Post update

    Jim Maxwell

    BBC Test Match Special

    "There are also about seven or eight spectators who'll be getting a split of half a million dollars from a certain brewery for the one-handed crowd catch competition in New Zealand."

  73. Post update

    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport in Melbourne

    "There's a long old wait for the trophy to be presented, not that Australia mind. They are laughing and joking, I think I even saw an imaginary golf swing. For New Zealand, this is a horrible wait. Those glum faces want to be out of this cauldron."

    New Zealand players congratulate the Australian team
  74. Post update

    The presentation is upon us. Just a few thank-yous first from Mark Nicholas, the master of ceremonies.

  75. Post update

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Daniel Vettori is the first New Zealander to have an ODI career lasting more than 18 years. His career is 18 yrs, three days. Richard Hadlee (17 yrs, 103 days) has the second longest ODI career for NZ."

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    New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham on Twitter: "It seems strange to say this in the face of a loss but I've never been prouder to be a New Zealander and a New Zealand cricketer."

    Neesham was not included in the World Cup squad.

  77. Post update

    Darren Lehmann looked proud as punch with his players. Never mind a pint, his boys can probably shake him down for a bag of roasted peanuts too tonight.

  78. Coach's view

    More from Australia coach Darren Lehmann: "These players just keep fronting up for you day in day out. The support we've had has been unbelievable. The Anzac spirit lives on."

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    Rob Meech: Two words I never thought I'd say: Congratulations, Australia.

    Robin Anthony: Mitchell Marsh joins Geoff as first father & son to win Cricket World Cup!

    Parm Bilkhu: The last two World Cups have been won by the host nation. England will be hoping the trend continues in 2019.

  80. Post update

    Mitchell Starc loves it when a plan comes together. Take a bow, Craig McDermott.

  81. Player reaction

    Australia batsman Aaron Finch: "You always dream about this as a kid and for it to finally happen, especially at the MCG, is amazing. When you get in a tournament it's all about peaking at the right time, and the way we've played today has been a credit to everybody."

    Australia batsman Steve Smith: "We said we wanted to play our best game at the end of the tournament and to win it three down is unbelievable."

    Australia bowler Mitchell Starc: "There were plenty of nerves. [The delivery to dismiss Brendon McCullum] was a little plan Craig McDermott and I have been working on and it was nice to see it come together."

  82. Player reaction

    Australia batsman Steve Smith on TMS: "I don't normally get nervous but there were a lot of nerves at the start of the day, the whole bowling unit produced the goods and to be only chasing 180 on this ground was unbelievable. What a way to finish. We said today it was the batters' turn to step up, but it was the bowlers who did it for us again. I can't wait to get back in the sheds and celebrate with the boys. It's a fitting farewell to a magnificent career for Michael Clarke."

    Steve Smith
  83. Player reaction

    Australia batsman David Warner: "The bowlers did their job really well and gave us a good total to chase. You've got got be positive and every game we've been 100% and done all the right things."

    Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin: "The staff have been challenging us to play the perfect game and we delivered on the biggest stage. It's been an amazing four weeks - we've got great support all around Australia."

  84. Player of the tournament?

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "For me, it was on a knife-edge before today between Starc and Brendon McCullum for the way he's led New Zealand. But Mitchell Starc has set the tone today and so he'd be my player of the tournament."

  85. Player of the tournament result

    *Drum roll*

    The vote results for player of the tournament are in. And, it's another Aussie winner.

    Mitchell Starc took 26.5% of the vote, Brendon McCullum 19.6% and AB de Villiers 17%. The full results are on this page, or by clicking the 'vote' tab.

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    DrHolmes: Credit must be given to Micky Arthur. No Micky Arthur=No Power Point-gate=No Darren Lehmann=No 'Back to the Australian style'.

    Paul Roberts: If Peter Moores is (please sit down) "the outstanding coach of his generation", what accolade for the Ashes & World winner, Boof?

  87. Post update

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "In the 11 World Cup finals the winning captain has scored 622 runs from 10 innings with three not outs, at an average of 88.85. Steve Waugh did not bat in 1999."

  88. Player reaction

    New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor on TMS: "We had our chances but we've got to give credit to Australia who played better and deserved the win. We're just disappointed for the fans and the people who travelled all the way. We never got it going with the ball, but chasing 180 they were never under any pressure. We gave it our best, we just weren't good enough.

    "The atmosphere at a lot of our games was something I'll never forget. Rugby's our number one but for the last two months we've taken rugby off the front and back pages, and hopefully there's a generation of cricketers who can follow in our footsteps and go one better."

    New Zealand players embrace
  89. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Looking at the age of the Australians, they should be looking at dominating for a while with the pace resources they've got. I speak to Darren Lehmann regularly and say he's lucky to work with them."

  90. Lehmann's ice bucket challenge

    Darren Lehmann is now stood on the outfield being interviewed by television and he looks like a proud dad as he stands in shorts and jacket and lavishes praise on his boys... not knowing Brad Haddin is stood behind him ready to pour an ice bucket over his head.

    "That's why I love them," says Boof.

    Boof adds: "A week of celebration? Let's have more than that. Why not?!"

    You heard it here first, Mrs Lehmann. Your old man is going to party like it's 1999.

  91. Post update

    Wow, Brad Haddin has told Shane Warne that he's now going to have a beer with everyone inside the MCG. That'll be some party.

  92. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "We'll remember this World Cup for Australia driving to victory, but we'll remember the Kiwis in New Zealand going past everyone, and we'll think of that Australia-New Zealand game in Auckland - that was an incredible game, a bit like the tied Australia-South Africa game in 1999."

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    Karl Bergh: World Cup too predictable in the end. Both NZ and Aus unbeatable at home, SA beaten by rain and D/L, India overrated.

    Nitin Sundar: Darren Lehmann: Winning runs in 1999 World Cup. Winning catch in 2003 World Cup. Winning touch all over the 2015 World Cup. Legend.

    Tez: All this talk about Oz dominating in England but most of their batsmen are poor against swing as shown in the New Zealand match.

  94. Post update

    Darren Lehmann embraces every single one of his players with a bear hug. What a job the Aussie coach has done. It's not long since we were talking about the team being in crisis. Equilibrium has been restored. Well done, Australia.

    Australia celebrate
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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    On Twitter: Well done Australia. Too good today. Best team wins while NZ cricket gets massive shot in the arm from this World Cup.

  96. Post update

    Jim Maxwell

    BBC Test Match Special

    "It has been a marvellous victory from a very gifted team, with 16.5 overs and seven wickets to spare."

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  97. Final scorecard

    Australia 186-3 from 33.1 overs won by seven wickets

    Not out batsmen: Smith 56, Watson 2

    Fall of wickets: 2-1 (Finch 0), 63-2 (Warner 45), 175-3 (Clarke 74)

    Bowling figures: Southee 8-0-65-0, Boult 10-0-40-1, Vettori 5-0-25-0, Henry 9.1-0-46-2, Anderson 1-0-7-0

    New Zealand 183 (45 overs): Elliott 83, Johnson 3-30, Faulkner 3-36

    NZ won toss

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    Australia celebrate
  98. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Brilliant performance, the best team in the tournament fantastically led by Michael Clarke. Today they were just too powerful and strong for New Zealand, who have been great throughout the tournament. They've had everything you'd need in a one-day tournament, with the left-arm pace of Johnson and Starc. They've got everything covered."

  99. Post update

    The Aussie boys can hardly contain their glee as they stand and shake hands with the Kiwis and umpires. Steve Smith is running round, jumping in the air and generally going pretty wild. Brad Haddin, the old-stager, just throws his arms in the air.

    Austrlia celebrate
  100. Champagne moment - Australia win the World Cup

    Get those tinnies out, Australia are the champions of the cricketing world yet again. With a flourish of Steve Smith's bat, the ball runs to the square leg boundary and the boys in golden yellow pour onto the pitch to celebrate. Hugs, back slaps and fist-pumps ensue.

    Shane Watson and Steve Smith of Australia celebrate
  101. Aus 182-3

    The excitable Aussies jump up and down on the spot, waiting to erupt like a volcano when the winning runs are struck. Two needed now, thanks to Steve Smith's single.

  102. Aus 181-3

    A Tim Southee yorker is dug out by Steve Smith. Michael Clarke smiles... he wants to get this party started.

  103. Aus 181-3

    Shane Watson takes a single to put Steve Smith on strike. Three needed to win the World Cup. Hit it for six?

  104. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Smith's made batting look so easy. His foot movement against spin has been excellent, and I think we'll be seeing a lot of him this summer in England."

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  105. Aus 180-3 (need 4 to win)

    The Australians gathered on the boundary rope must wait a little longer as Steve Smith - the big tease - defends the final ball of the over.

  106. 50 for Steve Smith (off 66 balls)

    Make that four to win as Smith brings up his half-century. Get ready folks...

  107. Aus 178-3

    Seagulls scatter as Steve Smith works two through mid-wicket. Six to win. Over to you, Smithy...

  108. Post update

    Jim Maxwell

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Well done, Michael Clarke. You've given us something to remember with that innings."

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  109. WICKET

    Clarke b Henry 74 (Aus 175-3)

    You know when a hat-trick hero is subbed with a minute to go to ensure he gets a standing ovation? Well, Michael Clarke is afforded something similar when he chops on to his own stumps and is bowled by Matt Henry. While the crowd stands and applauds, the Kiwi players shake hands with Clarke. He's got just one more job to do in his ODI career... collect the World Cup trophy.

    Michael Clarke walks after being dismissed by Matt Henry
  110. Aus 174-2 (need 10 to win)

    New Zealand supporters file out of the ground, and are given a friendly send-off by the Aussie fans. The Australian players and coaching staff gather excitedly on the boundary.

  111. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Michael Clarke's had a good platform set by his bowlers - he's a class act and he's shown it again tonight. Smith improves every game. My heart was hoping for a New Zealand win today, but the boys in yellow just had so much power, and two class players here at three and four who can read the situation."

  112. Aus 173-2 (need 11 to win)

    Make that four successive fours for Michael Clarke, who cuts Tim Southee through point again. He's got somewhere to be. Maybe he can't wait to see our very own Stephan Shemilt in the post-match news conference?

  113. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Michael Clarke's still got a few more years left in him in Test cricket. It just depends on when his back finally goes, or when he's had enough."

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  114. Aus 165-2 (need 19 more to win)

    Back-to-back boundaries for Michael Clarke bring the required runs below 20. It's now about when, not if.

    Michael Clarke bats
  115. That's a record

    The highest cricket attendance in Australia has been confirmed... there are 93,013 people inside the MCG tonight. Big.

  116. Scorecard update

    Australia 157-2 from 30 overs (target 184)

    Batsmen: Smith 57, Clarke 47

    Fall of wickets: 2-1 (Finch 0), 63-2 (Warner 45)

    Bowling figures: Southee 6-0-46-0, Boult 10-0-40-1, Vettori 5-0-25-0, Henry 8-0-36-1, Anderson 1-0-7-0

    New Zealand 183 (45 overs): Elliott 83, Johnson 3-30, Faulkner 3-36

    NZ won toss

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  117. Aus 157-2 (need 27 to win)

    The champagne might remain on ice for Australia, but I reckon Boof has sent his mate to the local offie for some tinnies. The Australian boys deserve a beer tonight... they've been magnificent and have really neutralised what appeared to be a rampant New Zealand outfit. Michael Clarke is motoring now, driving a Trent Boult full toss to the cover boundary.

    Tim Southee fields
  118. Aus 151-2 (Clarke 52, Smith 46)

    What's a more terrifying prospect for England next summer? The stack of wickets Mitchell Starc is likely to get or the mountain of runs which Steve Smith will pile up? The right-hander looks unstoppable at the moment, moving within a boundary of his fifth successive half-century with a single to square leg. Michael Clarke mis-times two over mid-off. The end is nigh.

    Steve Smith bats
  119. Email

    Pallav, Leeds: Can sense that Clarke wanted to do this not just for himself or team Australia but for Phillip Hughes as well. He carried it greatly throughout without showing burden. Great cricketer, great character... Hats off. Don't mind India losing to your dedication buddy.

  120. Aus 146-2 (target 184)

    Tim Southee is brought back into the attack and he has a resigned look about himself as he crosses his arms and discusses field placings with his skipper. Steve Smith is middling the ball nicely now and he punches a couple through the off side before clattering four down to third man via a thick outside edge.

  121. Aus 140-2 (Clarke 50, Smith 37)

    Both Michael Clarke and Steve Smith fidget between deliveries, playing with their gloves, bat and rearranging bits of kit. They have really taken the sting out of Trent Boult now. The left-armer's pace has dropped and his head is almost bowed as he walks back to his mark. Still B-Mac attacks, however, with two men crouching on the drive. The Aussie skipper won't give it away now. Surely?

  122. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Jon Salinger: Real shame about the #ICCWorldCup2015 Final. Gone really flat with such a low chasing score.

    Greg Randles: Be fitting if Clarke can score the winning runs and win the World Cup after injury and losing his mate Phil Hughes!

  123. Aus 139-2 (45 needed off 138 balls)

    It's a matter of time. Australia can almost choose when they put the Black Caps out of their misery. Five from the over.

    Brendon McCullum fields
  124. 50 for Clarke (off 56 balls)

    Aus 139-2

    Michael Clarke has 90-odd thousand cricket fans on their feet as he nudges a single which brings up his 58th and final ODI half-century. He's itching to get his hands on the trophy now.

    Michael Clarke acknowledges his fifty
  125. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Clarke, you sense, wants to give us a flourish. Smith looks like he's being purposefully anonymous. We're going to see a lot of Boult and Starc this summer in England."

  126. Aus 134-2 (need 50 more to win)

    It's now or never. Trent Boult has three overs remaining, and Brendon McCullum has chucked him the ball. Coming round the wicket to the right-handers, he's throwing the kitchen sink at the batsmen but it'll take more than that. It seems he could throw the fridge freezer at these two and they wouldn't budge. Michael Clarke ends the over with a beautiful drive back down the ground for four. Class, pure and simple.

  127. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Louis Strong: Starc player of the tournament? But what about AB, Dhoni, Sangakarra, Guptill? It has been an epic.

  128. Aus 130-2 (target 184)

    Millions, maybe billions, are watching around the world and almost 100,000 are packed inside the MCG. It's the grandest cricketing stage of all, so it seems almost funny when the 12th man runs on with some sticky tape to patch up Michael Clarke's cracked bat. Clarke is taking this game by the scruff of the neck now, dancing down the track and lifting Daniel Vettori for a six over long-off.

    Michael Clarke bats at Luke Ronchi looks on
  129. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "From the Kiwi point of view, they're celebrating fours turned into threes, when really they need the diving catch or the brilliant run-out."

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  130. Aus 119-2 (need 65 more to win)

    The MCG looks resplendent under the floodlights. The grass is a lush shade of dark green and the Australian shirts glow magnificently. Chest puffed out, Michael Clarke drives Corey Anderson for three through the covers. The Black Caps continue to field well, but it's seemingly delaying the inevitable.

  131. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Mo: You have to hand it to Australia, they have been a formidable team. When it mattered, handled & responded to match situations well.

    Njirih Magu: #CWC15Final has turned out to be like a Test series on the fifth day. Score three runs per over and defend the rest. Disappointing.

  132. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "There's a sort of air of celebration around the stadium, as the bulk of the fans are supporting Australia, and it's likely to come quite quickly as there are still three slips in, which leaves gaps. McCullum's not had the best of days but there's been no shortage of zest - they're going for broke here."

  133. Aus 112-2 (Smith 30, Clarke 30)

    Where's the party in Melbourne tonight? Will it be like the Champs-Elysees when France won the football World Cup on home soil? Surely everyone's booked Monday off work? Michael Clarke is looking to end this in style, standing back in his crease and thrashing the ball over long-on for a four. The crowd roars. They're loving this.

    Michael Clarke
  134. Email

    Dave Brackley, in cold, wet, windy Somerset: On the subject of the weight of 'Zing' bails: there is no law governing the standard weight of cricket bails. That said, Zing bails are said to be slightly heavier than "standard" bails but lighter than the heavy bails used in unusually windy conditions... No more specific info seems to be available.

  135. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Vettori's really struggling. He seemed to do something at the fall of the first wicket."

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  136. Aus 103-2 (need 81 more to win)