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The Joy of Six: Valentine’s Day sporting massacres | Barry Glendenning

From Sugar Ray Robinson v Jake LaMotta to Bowie Race Track, a date traditionally associated with romance has a history of sporting slaughter

One of few consolations England could take from their humiliation at the last Cricket World Cup after their premature exit had been confirmed by Bangladesh before the party had really got started was that, when it arrived, their embarrassment had become very much the norm rather than the exception. Ultimately this flaying at the hands of the Adelaide Oval’s supposed whipping boys was not so much an upset as an act of mercy. “England had the wrong team, the wrong style of play and everyone could see it,” tweeted Shane Warne in his withering post-match assessment. “Tonight’s result not a shock.”

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2015 goes down as a stunning sporting year full of surprises and superlatives | Andrew Anthony

Tyson Fury, Leicester City and Japan’s rugby union side all produced astonishing successes while even England’s cricket team discovered how to entertain

2015 had a fair number of predictable results but overall it must go down as a year of surprises. Who back in January thought that Tyson Fury would end the year as the heavyweight boxing champion of the world? Who thought that Japan, those game novices of rugby, would beat mighty South Africa? And who, without access to strong hallucinogens, foresaw Leicester City’s incredible march to the top of the Premier League table? Or the champions, Chelsea, plummeting towards a relegation battle and the unceremonious exit of José Mourinho?

The rise of the underdogs began back in March when New Zealand’s cricketers brought the World Cup to life with their wonderfully cavalier style of play. They carried on in the same vein against England, who had a disastrous World Cup, in a captivating couple of Tests and one-day series at the start of the summer. But not the least of the year’s surprises is that England, suddenly underdogs themselves, matched the Kiwis in spirit, focus and verve.

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Mitchell Starc shines brightest among the new generation of stars

As one generation of great players stepped back at the World Cup, another, younger set stepped up with the Australian left-armer leading the way
• In pictures: the best images from the Cricket World Cup 2015
• Vic Marks: Forget David, Australia’s Goliaths are worthy winners
• Writers’ awards: From the best player to the most thrilling moment and match

First, a yorker. Just like Mitchell Starc had planned when he was talking tactics with his bowling coach, Craig McDermott. It came out well, 90mph, pitching in line with off stump, swinging in. Brendon McCullum threw a drive at it, and was beaten on the inside. The ball slid by just wide of the stumps. Moments earlier, while McCullum was marking his guard, Brad Haddin had asked him: “Are you still going to have a crack today?” McCullum turned, told him: “Too right I am.” In that mood, McCullum looks to play what he calls his “money shots”. He wants to get inside the ball, hit it “through and over point and cover”. He says he is “hoping the bowler will make a mistake” so he can “pick up a few cheap runs”. Starc knew that, knew too that if he did err, and McCullum did connect a couple of times, Australia would soon lose control of the early overs, and possibly of the innings too. This contest wouldn’t settle the World Cup final, but it would shape it.

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Australia celebrates winning Cricket World Cup – video

After the Australian cricket team won the World Cup title for the fifth time, beating New Zealand by seven wickets on Sunday, captain Michael Clarke praises the team’s hard work and says they will enjoy the success. The Australian deputy prime minister…

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Cricket World Cup was excellent showcase but care needed for future

Australia were deserved winners but plans to tinker with format for 2019 risk folly of excluding associate nations
• OBO: Australia win 2015 Cricket World Cup
• Match report: New Zealand survive Mitchell Starc menace

After six weeks and 49 matches, the best team won the World Cup, which generally ought to be the idea of any global tournament in any sport. If it was a six-week marathon, beginning in Christchurch and Melbourne on Valentine’s Day, then those who always saw the Australian team as having the all-round playing strength in depth, including a battery of pace bowlers unmatched anywhere, to overcome anyone when it really came down to it, were merely vindicated and those who thought otherwise just dreamers.

Brendon McCullum and his New Zealand Black Caps have been the most superb ambassadors not just for their country but for the game of cricket but in the end it was a bridge too far. They were outgunned, happily conceded as much, and no disgrace in that.

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Cricket World Cup 2015: the best images from the tournament

After 44 days and 49 games between 14 teams, the 2015 Cricket World Cup is finally over with Australia defeating co-hosts New Zealand to take the title. Over the course of the tournament the picture desk has received tens of thousands of images, here a…

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Cricket World Cup 2015: writers’ awards

From the best player to the most thrilling moment and match, our cricket writers reflect on what they most enjoyed at the 2015 tournament
Australia steamroller New Zealand to win final in style
Vic Marks: Forget David, Australia’s Goliaths are worthy winners
Russell Jackson: Clarke signs off with elegance and composure

Mike Selvey Brendon McCullum. It would be easy to pick a batsman such as Kumar Sangakkara or AB de Villiers; or a bowler like Mitchell Starc or Trent Boult. But McCullum has inspired not just his team but a nation to a level that had to be experienced to be appreciated. He is a captain of tactical genius, sets an inspirational example in the field, and in the semi final his assault on the finest fast bowler of his generation reduced a difficult target to a manageable one.

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Cricket World Cup 2015 podcast: Australia v New Zealand – the final reckoning

The team discuss Australia’s comprehensive victory over New Zealand in the final before offering their thoughts on how the tournament could have been improved and suggesting a best XI from the past seven weeks Continue reading…

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Just three Australia players in New Zealand-dominated best World Cup XI

Starc, Smith and Maxwell represent world champions in teamBeaten finalists Guptill, McCullum, Anderson, Vettori and Boult chosen Continue reading…

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Just three Australia players in New Zealand-dominated best World Cup XI

Starc, Smith and Maxwell represent world champions in teamBeaten finalists Guptill, McCullum, Anderson, Vettori and Boult chosen Continue reading…

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Clarke’s team carry on Cricket World Cup celebrations: ‘It’s the Australian way’

After toasting their Cricket World Cup success all night long, the Australian team continued the party at a public fan event in Melbourne Continue reading…

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Clarke’s team carry on Cricket World Cup celebrations: ‘It’s the Australian way’

After toasting their Cricket World Cup success all night long, the Australian team continued the party at a public fan event in Melbourne Continue reading…

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Australia win plaudits for excellence throughout Cricket World Cup

Commentators full of praise for the victorious Michael Clarke and his team, with just a few gripes directed at former great Shane Warne’s interviewing technique

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Cricket World Cup: Michael Clarke says he thinks about Phillip Hughes every day – video

Retiring Australian one-day international captain Michael Clarke says he and his teammates are always thinking about Phillip Hughes, who died four months ago after being hit by a cricket ball. Clarke says the Australian team, who have just won the Worl…

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Cricket World Cup: Forget David, Australia’s Goliaths are worthy winners

New Zealand may have been the neutral’s favourite but Australia’s crushing Cricket World Cup final win went down very well at the MCG
• Mike Selvey’s World Cup final match report
• Michael Clarke signs off with elegance and composure Continue reading…

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Cricket World Cup final 2015: Clarke signs off with elegance and composure

The Australia captain bows out of limited overs international cricket on a high after leading his side to glory in tandem with his heir apparent

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Australia steamroller New Zealand to win Cricket World Cup final in style

• New Zealand 183, Australia 186-3
• Michael Clarke hits 50 in final ODI after bowlers overwhelm Kiwis
• As it happened: read our over-by-over report

The Australia captain Michael Clarke bowed out of one-day cricket in style as he hit 74 runs in Australia’s seven-wicket victory over New Zealand in the World Cup final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

Clarke, who struck 10 fours and one maximum off 72 balls, and Steve Smith (56 not out) put on a third-wicket partnership of 112 as the hosts made light work of reaching their 184-run target with 101 balls remaining.

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Australia steamroller New Zealand to win Cricket World Cup final in style

• New Zealand 183, Australia 186-3
• Michael Clarke hits 50 in final ODI after bowlers overwhelm Kiwis
• As it happened: read our over-by-over report

The Australia captain Michael Clarke bowed out of one-day cricket in style as he hit 74 runs in Australia’s seven-wicket victory over New Zealand in the World Cup final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

Clarke, who struck 10 fours and one maximum off 72 balls, and Steve Smith (56 not out) put on a third-wicket partnership of 112 as the hosts made light work of reaching their 184-run target with 101 balls remaining.

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Cricket World Cup 2015: Terminally ill Martin Crowe says final could be ‘last game I see’

  • Former Black Caps captain has lymphoma
  • New Zealand players the ‘sons I never had’

New Zealand’s former captain Martin Crowe, who is terminally ill with lymphoma, has penned a moving tribute to his countrymen ahead of Sunday’s World Cup final.

In a column published on Cricinfo, the 52-year-old said Sunday’s match at the MCG might be the last he ever sees.

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Cricket World Cup final 2015: Australia v New Zealand – in pictures

The best images from the final between Australia and New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground Continue reading…