Australia players thank fans, Black Caps

2015 World Cup

Australia's players were overjoyed with their World Cup win on Sunday, with the players taking time after the game to chat while still in the middle, and many expressed their admiration for New Zealand's efforts.

The Aussies won by seven wickets at the MCG to claim their fifth World Cup, chasing down the 184 required with ease after their pacemen did the job against the Black Caps, despite Grant Elliott's valiant 83.

Shane Watson, who was at the other end when Steve Smith hit the winning runs, gave credit to the Kiwis, who had been unbeaten in the tournament until that point.

Watson said: "They've been the form side of world cricket the last six months, Brendon McCullum has done an incredible job, they have match-winners through their team. We're incredibly glad to have won."

Smith, who made 56 not out, thanked the fans in the 93 000-capacity crowd: "Unbelievable feeling. We said we wanted to play out best games at the end of the tournament, To win three down is amazing… The bowlers set it up for us. Thanks for everyone coming out."

Mitchell Starc was named player of the tournament for his 22 wickets, at an average of under 11, and he was thrilled: "Amazing tournament, and some outstanding performances to cap it off. New Zealand 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. The fans have been fantastic, to win in front of this many people, there's nothing like it. I'm going to enjoy this one for now."

Australia coach Darren Lehmann was all smiles, and praised his players' determination: "They've been fantastic over the six weeks and the support we've had is unbelievable,"

He then got a bucket of ice dumped on him by the players, and added: "That's why I love them."

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