The Cricket World Cup will be staged from the 14 of February until the Final on the 29 of March as the world’s top teams battle for Cricket’s ultimate trophy, as well as $5 Million (AUD) in prize money. So whether you’re a fan of Australia or New Zealand, you can enjoy every match including the Finals with a no lock-in 2 Week Free Trial Offer to watch the best of live television on your Apple Mac, Xbox, Playstation (PS2, PS3), PC, Blu-ray Player, Laptop or Smart TV, with options for mobile streaming.
2015 Cricket World Cup Preview
The 2015 edition of the Cricket World Cup, the flagship feature on the world wide Cricket calendar, will be staged across Australia and neighboring New Zealand for the first time since the 1992 ICC event. There will be great expectations on the host nations, given they are two of the in form teams in the world at the moment.
On the Pool B side the powerhouses are South Africa, who brought a stacked squad led by arguably the greatest batsman in the world AB DeVilliers, and defending champs India who are seeking to become the first to win back-to-back titles since co-host Australia.
When: February 14-March 29
Where: Australia and New Zealand
Live TV: Fox Sports (every match!) and Channel 9
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If you’re in Australia the Fox Sports channel is the only place where you can watch all 49 matches of the Cricket World Cup including the AU v NZ Final live as it happens. If you aren’t a subscriber to Foxtel now is the perfect time to give them a try, using their Foxtel Play 14 day Free Trial Offer, which provides high quality live online streaming to an eligible Mac, PC, Sony Playstation, Blu-ray Player, Xbox 360 or Smart TV.
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Must See Live World Cup TV
Every match including the Finals at the MCG will be shown live on Fox Sports. For more details visit Australia’s Cricket World Cup TV times.
Australia vs. New Zealand
Sunday 29 March, 2:30 pm (Sydney Time)
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, AUS
Entering off a strong showing against a resurgent India side in the Semis, this is the host nation’s time to shine. Australia posted 329 runs, the highest total by any team against an in form India during this year’s World Cup, as well as the first time in history any team has topped the 300 mark in a World Cup semifinal.
New Zealand ran through the Pool stage undefeated and enter this match after a historic victory over a strong South Africa side, and once again will be on short rest. The Black Caps have never won the Cricket World Cup, advancing to the Semis on six occasions, but this time around the team has received a boost of confidence from their earlier win over Australia during group play.
Simply put, with bragging rights and $5 million AUD in prize money up for grabs, look for both teams to exhaust every tactic available to them in what is sure to be must see TV.
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New Zealand vs. Bangladesh
Friday the 13 of March at 11:00 AM (Sydney Time)
Seddon Park, Hamilton NZ
After an impressive showing in holding on for a one wicket win over rivals Australia in Eden Park Auckland, and solid win over Afghanistan, New Zealand gets some more home cooking when they face the upstart Bangladesh team. The Black Caps currently stand firmly atop Pool A, and can assure themselves of another stay across the pond when the games count for more, by taking care of business from here out. That business ends with this match. On the other side Bangladesh entered the tournament as the ninth-ranked team, and while it reaped the benefits of securing a point because of the abandoned match against Australia, the fact remains Bangladesh defeated England when it counted. Look to Bangladesh to be aggressive and take chances, as they have nothing to lose. The pressure’s all on the Kiwi’s here, and that should make for great live Cricket TV.
Ireland vs. Pakistan
Sunday 15 March, 2:30 pm Sydney Time
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
It doesn’t get any better than this match, with the winner securing the second seed in Pool B, and a potentially easier path through the knock-out stage. Pakistan has recovered quite nicely since losing their opening match to rivals India, and enter off an impressive upset win over South Africa. But what makes this match intriguing, aside from so much on the line for both squads, is that Ireland has been good for at least one major upset since their World Cup debut in 2007. Just four years ago team Ireland stunned England, and in the World Cup prior they took out both Pakistan and Bangladesh to earn the nickname ‘Giant killers‘. With a victory against Pakistan here in the 2015 tournament, Ireland could be primed for even greater things.
Top Teams to Stream
Australia are the current number one ranked ODI side in the world after brilliant Series wins against South Africa, India and England during the Aussie Summer. Australia are the best performed side in World Cup history, winning three on the trot in 1999, 2003 and 2007. A lot will depend on David Warner and his effort as the opening batsman. If he gets a start and goes on with it, that generally sets Australia are up for a victory. Additionally, ICC Cricketer of the Year Mitchell Johnson will combine with other left handed quick Mitchell Starc, who was superb also during the Tri Series. Starc was criticised earlier in the Summer for not showing enough aggression, but he has it now and is a dangerous prospect for any bowler. Favoured to win it all, millions will be watching Australia’s Cup chase, and with a powerful performance in their first match (Australia vs. England) they sure looked primed for the part.
New Zealand have been the surprise packets in ODI Cricket for the past six months, and are regarded as favourites for the title after their victory against the Aussies. The ‘Black Caps’ are led by Brendon McCullum, a veteran of 243 matches. He is a blaster with the willow, having a strike rate of 91 and scoring 5500 runs during a career that spans 14 years. The pace attack will be led by another veteran, Kyle Mills. He has played 160 matches and has taken over 230 wickets at a pretty good average of 27.15. The in form player is clearly batsman Kane Williamson, who has been outstanding in recent series’ against India and Pakistan, scoring eight 50+ scores from ten innings.
Key Players to Watch
Australia’s Mitchell Johnson won ICC Cricketer of the Year and rightfully so after a devastating display with the ball in 2014, particularly in the Ashes against England and the Test Series against South Africa, and he appears in ripping form for the 2015 World Cup after a dominant performance in the Tri Series Final against England.
The Black Caps eliminated West Indies with a World Cup record-breaking performance by Martin Guptill, followed by a stirring 4 wicket win against the South Africa in the Semis. During their match against the Proteas New Zealand needed five from two balls, when Grant Elliott rose up and hit Dale Steyn into the stands for six to seal the victory in the final moments.