Australia Crush New Zealand To Win Cricket World Cup 2015

Playing his final ODI, Australia captain Michael Clarke played a captain's knock to clinch Australia the World Cup title.

Clarke received a loud welcome when he came out to bat against New Zealand in World Cup 2015 final. The MCG crowd stood up in unison to salute their captain one last time.

Australia were cruising in their chase against New Zealand in Sunday's final. They lost Aaron Finch early for a duck but David Warner wielded his willow to set Australia on the path for their fifth World Cup title. His wicket though brought fans to their feet as it was time for Clarke to step out in green and gold for the last time.

Such was the mark of respect for the 33-year-old that even Warner, in show of respect, stood near the ropes and allowed his captain to enter the MCG arena for one last One Day innings. Clarke had announced his retirement from the One Day format a day earlier.

Clarke joined Steve Smith who was rock steady in the chase after Kiwis had posted 183 on board. After being on their feet to welcome him, the 90 thousand plus crowd watched with bated breath as their captain took centerstage.

The Australian captain went on to score a fifty as he guided Australia close to their fifth World Cup title. Clarke went on the offensive from the start and unleashed an array of shots that left the Kiwis in despair. He reached his fifty in 56 balls.

Along with Steve Smith, the heir apparent, Clarke added 112 runs in a match winning partnership.

The 33-year-old Clarke has battled back and hamstring problems throughout the summer and has been struggling with the bat. But come the big finals, the captain stood up and delivered a memorable performance.

Clarke was finally, dismissed for 74 and left the Melbourne Cricket Ground amidst thunderous applause from the crowd and his teammates. An emotional Australia captain greeted the fans with his bat held up high in the air before vanishing into the pavilion.

(NDTV)

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