The 2015 Cricket World Cup Finals have arrived, with both teams a live chance to win it all. This match between trans-Tasman rivals promises some of the best action yet, with Australia seeking their fifth World Cup, and New Zealand hoping to claim their first. Both sides are battle tested and looking to raise Cricket’s ultimate trophy, and you need not miss a minute of the action when you can stream the Finals live to a compatible mobile or internet connected device.
Cricket World Cup 2015 Tournament Preview
Australia can surely take much confidence in having home ground advantage at the massive MCG, where they will be going for their record fifth Cricket World Cup title. They’ll also be looking to revenge their group play loss against the Black Caps, the only team to beat them in this year’s event.
Team captain Michael Clarke was quoted as saying that the loss to New Zealand gave the team a “ kick up the backside”, and helped propel them to play their best now that the games count for so much more. So look the the Australian side to play extra inspired, and the stadium to be loud and raucous.
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. Confidence they will surely need as they prepare to play in the spacious grounds at the MCG, having won just four of the past nineteen ODI’s in the vast Melbourne arena.
Free To Air TV Guide
Check your local listings as Free to Air will be telecasting the Finals on either channel Nine or Gem, with their last announcement at the time of publishing that Nine may opt to show certain viewers the NRL offerings on Sunday, the 29 of March.
Free 14 Day Live Stream TV Offer
The only channel in Australia that will carry all 49 fixtures of the 2015 World Cup of Cricket live as they happen is Fox Sports, and now that the last match has arrived you needn’t miss a minute of the action when you can stream the Final to a mobile or internet enabled device.
If you are not a subscriber check out their Foxtel Play 14 day Free Trial with no lock-in, through which you can live stream the remainder of this World Cup and other great entertainment to an eligible PC, Mac, Laptop, PS3, PS4, Blu-ray Player, Xbox 360 or Smart TV.
Live Cricket World Cup TV
The World Cup only comes around every four years, and it’s unknown the next time Australia and New Zealand will have a chance to host. So no matter your schedule when the last match begins, it will be available to stream live on Foxtel Play as sides look to raise the World Cup’s ultimate prize.
Australia vs. New Zealand
Sunday 29 March, 2:30 pm (Sydney Time)
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, AUS
This is the Final that was predicted, and hoped for by many. It doesn’t get any better than this, featuring the dual host nations and long-time rivals. Look for the action on and off the field to be equally entertaining, and the atmosphere at the MCG is sure to be just as exciting.
Australia will look to score early and often, and 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 up well. Additionally, ICC Cricketer of the Year Mitchell Johnson will combine with other left handed quick Mitchell Starc, where speed will be their biggest ally.
The unbeaten 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. Confidence they will surely need as they prepare to play in the spacious grounds at the MCG, having won just four of the past nineteen ODI’s in the vast Melbourne arena.
Look for Dale Steyn and the rest of the New Zealand side to exhaust every tactic available, given the once in a lifetime chance they have in front of them. New Zealand will be entering on short rest, but at this stage adrenaline is all that’s needed, as there will be plenty time to heal after the final run out.
How They Got Here
New Zealand vs. South Africa
Tuesday 24 March, 12.00 pm Sydney Time
Eden Park, Auckland NZ
New Zealand blasted West Indies by 143 runs off the effort of Martin Guptill, who shattered record after record on his way to 237, the highest score ever recorded in a World Cup. It was a dominating performance all around by the Black Caps, both with the bat and the ball, and one that has created a stadium of four million followers in the co-host’s country. New Zealand has certainly made the nation proud, and are a live chance to win it all. That being said, they now have to prepare on short rest, as the schedule makers did them no favours with the quick turn-around this Tuesday.
If you haven’t had a chance to watch South Africa live in action, now is a perfect time as they look to finish strong off their 9 wicket victory over a talented Sri Lanka side. One of the favourites on entering, the Proteas are probably the best team to have never won the Cricket World Cup, having gone close on many occasions. AB De Villiers is regarded as the best batsman in the world and it’s very hard to argue with that given he scored the fastest 100 in ODI history, taking just 31 deliveries to blast triple figures.
Australia vs. India
Thursday 26 March, 2.30 pm Sydney Time
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney AUS
Entering off a strong showing against a resurgent Pakistan side in the Quarters, this is the host nation’s time to shine, and 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, where speed will be their biggest ally. Australia, unlike their Kiwi neighbors, will have more than enough time to rest and prepare, with nearly a week between matches. With so much on the line this should be one of the best games of the tournament, and an absolute battle on the field.
The reigning champs secured the top spot in Pool B and crushed Bangladesh in the quarter final stage. India has won all seven of their matches, and have shown much more confidence than they displayed during the Test series this summer, with batsmen Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli among the leading scorers in the tournament. Suffice it to say, India has rounded into form at just the right time, and with their well traveling fan base they can turn any match into a ’home crowd’ advantage, a spectacle that’s must see World Cup TV.
Fox Sports (Foxtel) Review
The commentary team for Fox Sports is headed by Brendon Julian, a former Test and ODI Player for Australia, who was a more than handy player with the ball, and at times did challenge players such as Glenn McGrath for a spot in the Australian team. Alongside him is World Cup winner Damien Fleming, a former fast bowler himself who was a serious wicket taker in his prime. Also in the commentary box is Allan Border, a former captain of Australian and a selector, and Ryan Harris, a current fast bowler for Australia who was left out of the World Cup Team due to selectors possibly looking towards the future and giving youth the experience on the world stage. The great thing about the World Cup on Fox Sports is that the commentary team of Fox Sports is combined with a commentary box from Channel 9, to deliver the best of both channels.
Channel Nine Free To Air Review
The Free to air Cricket World Cup team on 9 is led by Mark Nicholas, an English commentator who knows cricket like the back of his hand. Joining him is former captain Mark Taylor, former opening batsman Michael Slater, former fast bowler Brett Lee, and the ‘King of Spin’, Shane Warne, who says it like it is, and pulls no punches.