A Starc reality dawned on Brendon McCullum very early in the innings – that Australia were coming hard at New Zealand and the four time champions had all the ammunition to make it five.
The perfectly pitched late in-swinging yorker to uproot the stumps of the New Zealand skipper triggered a huge roar from the majority of the 93,000 spectators at MCG. Mitchell Starc had given the perfect start for the Aussies.
The mercurial opener went for a duck and soon the tournament top scorer Martin Guptill too was cleaned up by a spinner – yes ‘spinner’ – Glenn Maxwell. The hosts were in control when Kane Williamson followed the openers to the pavilion, with the Kiwis reeling at 39 for 3.
The 2015 edition of the World cup had seen some phenomenal run-scoring at blistering paces. The batsman-dominated tournament’s final however was now in the grasp of the bowlers and there needed to be a composed partnership to revive the innings. I felt Ross Taylor brought all his Test experience to the fore inRead More »from Australia Deserved To Be Champions