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Australians celebrate World Cup win

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Australian players sheltered behind dark glasses Monday at a public reception the day after their victory over New Zealand in the Cricket World Cup final.

Captain Michael Clarke carried the World Cup trophy and, as the players mounted the stage in front of thousands of fans at open-air Federation Square, they smiled wanly and waved to the crowd.

Clarke was asked what the over-riding emotion was on the day after Australia had achieved its fifth World Cup and he grinned and said: "We're all a bit hung over to be honest."


New Zealand reacts to World Cup loss

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) The front-page headline of New Zealand's largest newspaper reads "You've done us proud," and that seems to sum up the nation's mood after the Black Caps thrilled and inspired during eight straight World Cup victories before losing to Australia in Sunday's final.

The New Zealand Herald on Monday dedicated its first five pages exclusively to cricket coverage, including some advice on how to cope with losing. (MORE)

McCullum named captain of World Cup team

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) New Zealand opener Brendon McCullum gained some small consolation by being named captain of the team of the World Cup on Monday, a day after the Black Caps lost the final by seven wickets to Australia.

McCullum scored 328 runs in nine matches with four half-centuries, but was out for a duck in the first over of the final. (MORE)

Australia win fifth World Cup title

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Michael Clarke raised his bat to acknowledge the massive crowd, and nodded to a fallen teammate he credited for inspiring Australia's run to a fifth World Cup title that culminated with an emphatic win over New Zealand.

Clarke scored 74 and shared a 112-run partnership with Steve Smith (56 not out) as the skipper and the likely future captain spearheaded Australia to the winning target of 184 in the 34th over at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. (MORE)

No fairytale finish for New Zealand

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) New Zealand whetted the appetite of the world for an underdog victory at the Cricket World Cup but couldn't conjure the last and longed-for victory, losing Sunday's final by seven wickets to Australia.

The story of New Zealand's unbeaten progress through the tournament to reach its first final enriched the Cup and charmed the cricket world, yet its ending was anti-climactic. (MORE)

Starc's perseverance pays off in style

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Months after being labeled "soft" by one of Australia's cricket greats and getting dropped from Australia's test XI, Mitchell Starc has been deservedly voted the player of the World Cup.

Starc's worth to the Australian team was never more evident than when he dismissed New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum in the first over of Sunday's final. The New Zealand innings never fully recovered and Australia went on to claim an emphatic seven-wicket victory. (MORE)

MCG final may signal end for Vettori

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) With a seven-wicket loss to Australia in the World Cup final, New Zealand allrounder Daniel Vettori likely called time on an international career which has occupied half his lifetime.

In ending after 18 years a career that began when he was 18, Vettori gave symmetry to a body of work which contained 113 tests and 295 one-day internationals - both New Zealand records. (MORE)

Record MCG crowd watch World Cup final

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The World Cup came to an end in a carnival atmosphere as supporters for co-hosts Australia and New Zealand made up a raucous, record crowd for the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The 93,013 fans who packed into the famous arena on Sunday set an Australian attendance record, eclipsing the previous mark of 91,112 for a day of cricket set at the MCG in 2013. (MORE)

Clarke to retire from ODIs after final

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Michael Clarke's retirement decision overshadowed the eve of the Cricket World Cup final, with the Australian captain using a pre-match news conference to reveal Sunday's tournament decider against New Zealand would be his last one-day international.

Clarke, who turns 34 next week, said he told his teammates of his retirement about 10 minutes before announcing it to a packed news conference on Saturday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. (MORE)

Australia, New Zealand set for showdown

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) After 48 matches involving teams from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe cricket's global showcase has distilled itself into a local derby.

Australia and New Zealand welcomed 12 other nations to the Cricket World Cup but saved the final for themselves, ensuring Sunday's championship match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground will feature the tournament's two best teams and will be permeated by one of world sport's most heart-felt rivalries. (MORE)

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