• Australia are the new World Champions
  • Australia defeat New Zealand by 7 wickets
  • New Zealand 183 all out
  • Elliott 83, Johnson 3/30, Faulkner 3/36
  • Australia 186/3 in 33.1 over
  • Clarke 74, Henry 2/46
Australia celebrate after they defeated New Zealand during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup final at MCG. [Getty]

What an end to the 2015 ICC World Cup. Tw0 co-hosts in the final and Australia went on to win it in front of their home fans. This has been one of the most entertaining World Cup ever. Hope you have enjoyed our live blog throughout the tournament. Thank you for joining us and we will say Good Bye for the last time. See you in England for the 2019 ICC World Cup.


Read IBTimes UK's match report between Australia and New Zealand by clicking here.


Australia celebrate after they defeated New Zealand during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup final at MCG.

Australia celebrate after they defeated New Zealand during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup final at MCG. [Getty]


Michael Clarke

"Over the moon, what a tournament, Brendon and NZ deserve a lot of credit, always a tough team to beat, whenever we play them in any sport - so well done to Baz and his team, especially personally, he had an amazing performance.

"Thanks to every Australian and cricket supporter out there who've been behind us. The team and support staff, the support I've had since coming back into the team, they deserve to stand there with the trophy. Said we were ready mentally and we managed to get it all together physically.

"[No23 shirt?] Might give it back to Warney... Haven't given it much though, time is right to walk away from one-day criclket, I'll still be playing Test cricket. [Black arm bands] It's got PH on it, I'll wear it every time I play for Australia.

"Been a really tough few months and everyone would say we played this World Cup with 16 players. Tonight is dedicated to our little brother. Hughesy used to party as well as any of them. We're really proud, it's a wonderful achievement, to win in our own backyard in front of family and friends."


New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum

"It's been one hell of a ride for us, right the way through, we played some outstanding cricket. We ran into an outstanding team in Australia, they continue to set the standard. Michael Clarke bows out on a high note, they deserved to win.

"Probably unfolded not as planned, but we got ourselves back in the game at 3 for 150. With 180, you still dare to dream could have ended up differently with a couple of things going our way.

"This is what you ask for as a cricketer, we've had the opportunity. We've forged memories and friendships that will last forever. Didn't lift the trophy but no regrets, the brand of cricket we've played and we walk away with our heads held high.

"It's the greatest time of our lives and that's how we tried to play the game, with a free spirit and heart. Still think we can be very proud of our achievements in this tournament."


Mitchell Starc was Man of the tournament of this 2015 ICC World Cup

Amazing tournament, some outstanding performances but to cap it off. NZ have set the standard all tournament but we led it home. I've worked really hard for a number of months now, a few series ago we sat down and to see it come to fruition it's been phenomenal.

Little lucky, it was a plan Craig and I had but to see it executed. Brendon's been fantastic all tournament. The fans have been fantastic, to win in front of this many people,there's nothing like it. Going to enjoy this one now.


James Faulkner on his Man of the Match performance

Pretty amazing feeling, in front of 90,000 at the MCG. We've had an amazing journey the last couple of years. The skipper tosses you the ball and it works out like that sometimes. I thought I might not be here today, so this is an amazing feeling.


Australia bowler Mitchell Starc is named Man of the Series for picking 22 wickets.


James Faulkner is named Man of the Match for his bowling figures of 3/36.


Michael Clarke acknowledges the crowd after he was dismissed during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup final match between Australia and New Zealand at MCG.

Michael Clarke


Back the Black Caps


Australia's Mitchell Starc and New Zealand's Trent Boult finished as the joint top wicket takers in this World Cup, with 22 wickets.


New Zealand were exceptional throughout the World Cup, but were short in the finals.


The celebration has already started at MCG


The winning moment


Australia are the new World Champions after defeating New Zealand in the final at Melbourne Cricket Ground.


Over 34: Australia 186 for 3: Shane Watson 2 (5), Steven Smith 56 (71)

Henry continues and FOUR, Smith flicks it to behind square for a boundary off the first ball. Australia win the tie and they are the new World Champions.


Over 33: Australia 182 for 3: Shane Watson 2 (5), Steven Smith 52 (70)

Southee continues and Watson starts the over with two dot balls. A quick single off the next ball and despite the direct hit, he was already safe. A dot ball from Smith is follwoed by one more Yorker. A single off the last ball and Smith retains the strike.


Over 32: Australia 180 for 3: Shane Watson 1 (2), Steven Smith 51 (67)

Henry replaces Boult and strikes off the first ball. OUT, a short delivery and takes a thick inside edge off Clarke's bat. He gets a standing ovation from the crowd and there is a huge appreciation from the crowd.

Shane Watson replaces his skipper and takes a single to square leg off the second ball. Smith finds the gap on the leg side and gets two runs, which helps him move on to 49. He then takes a double off the next ball, which brings SMITH's 50. Smith to face the last ball and tucks it back down to end the over.


WICKET...!!! Michael Clarke 74 (72) b Henry