ICC World Cup: Battle of wits may decide Australia, New Zealand final at MCG

Australia and New Zealand gear up for the 2015 ICC World Cup final and there isn't much to separate between the two sides who have been dominating and destructive in the entire tournament. A severe test of character and handling of pressure could determine the result in Melbourne on Sunday.

By Rajdeep Saha | Updated: Mar 28, 2015, 13:02 PM IST
ICC World Cup: Battle of wits may decide Australia, New Zealand final at MCG

New Zealand: Australia and New Zealand gear up for the 2015 ICC World Cup final and there isn't much to separate between the two sides who have been dominating and destructive in the entire tournament. A severe test of character and handling of pressure could determine the result in Melbourne on Sunday.

Both the teams boast of a world class bowling unit as the sides have done remarkably well in pitches that have so far assisted batting. The likes of Trent Boult and Tim Southee against top batting unit of Australia will be a fanciful state of affair. So will be the situation when the Aussie pacers bowl to Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill who have been the Black Caps' best batsmen. 

Both the sides have been the top teams in ODI cricket besides India for quite sometime now and have ruled on their home soil. The fact what's pleasing is that the brand of cricket played by the Aussies and the Black Caps are a notch above the rest and that's the reason why they are both in the final.

The team that can take the chances and be more aggressive will take an initiative. In all three departments both teams look solid and in the end it will be the battle of wits in this case to determine the winner on Sunday.

When the two teams met eachother in the group stage, the bowling was the stand out factor for both teams which saw the Kiwis take the honour by a solitary wicket. It will be interesting how the Kiwis perform in a mega final and also in Australia after being ruthless at home.

Aussie skipper Michael Clarke will be hoping to retire from ODI cricket on a perfect way and his counterpart Brendon McCullum will look to deny him that space.