Among the pile of questions, odd and cerebral, thrown at Brendon McCullum yesterday was whether he'd rein his style in given the size of the occasion at the Melbourne Cricket Ground today.
2015 Cricket World Cup
Having confirmed his retirement from one-day cricket, Australian skipper Michael Clarke then poo-poohed any notion that it would add extra resonance to today's occasion for his team.
Australia beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to win the World Cup for the fifth time and send their retiring captain Michael Clarke out as a winner.
Life can get pretty tough when you're a talisman and you're having one of those days when you just can't ''talis''.
It was dark and cold when the passengers of flight NZ1127 checked in at Auckland airport yesterday at 6.30am.
Kate Hesson, who has lived through a year that included 311 days away from her husband, ''appreciates'' cricket rather than calling herself a fan.
The World Cup has the dream final, the co-hosts to square off at the Melbourne Cricket ground on Sunday.
India's reign as cricket's world champions is over. Four years after they won the World Cup at home, they bowed out in the semi-finals, beaten by Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.
Steve Smith's sublime century laid the groundwork and Australia's pace bowlers finished the job to send the co-hosts storming into a seventh World Cup final with a 95-run victory over champions India.
Dates are scarce at Waiheke's Mudbrick Vineyard, so Kate Elliott and fiance Daniel Plews had to take a punt more than a year ago when they settled on March 28, 2015, for their wedding day.
It was a cricket match for the ages - topsy-turvy, thrilling and with New Zealand winning off the second-last ball with a soaring six.
It started with a couple of glasses of Kiwi sav blanc and an online a chat with a mate half a world away.
Former Australia great Matthew Hayden says the Black Caps will struggle with the size of the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Sunday's Cricket World Cup final.
Sparks can be expected to fly when confident, well-balanced teams from cricketing superpowers Australia and India clash in a mouthwatering World Cup semi-final at the Sydney Cricket Ground later today.
Black Caps coach Mike Hesson says the team shared some emotional words with each other and the Proteas in the changing room following the big semifinal.