A New Zealand victory would be the perfect outcome for the team that has lifted the spirits and created the expectation of a nation – a nation conditioned to All Black triumphs, not Cricket World Cups. Trans-Tasman cricket has evaporated under the commercial avalanche of Ashes and Indian contests. Michael Clarke’s well timed exit from one day cricket gives more motivation to a team that has improved steadily during the tournament. The potency of Australia’s long batting order and the gun slinging Mitches threaten the Black Caps’ ability to last the distance. New Zealand need their key players like McCullum, Guptill, Williamson and Taylor to bat beyond cameos into substance, ideally 300 plus if they get to bat first. Clarke can play a guiding hand and his calm leadership ensures that Australia generally controls the game. Surmise, speculate, appreciate… here’s to a contest that will surely be memorable!
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