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World Cup 2015: Brendon McCullum says Michael Clarke deserves to bow out as world champion


New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said he had no regrets after “one hell of a ride” at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. New Zealand were unbeaten in the tournament before the final game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

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The Black Caps played all their pool matches, quarter final and semi final in New Zealand and the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, was their first match in Australia.

New Zealand could only manage 183 after Brendon McCullum won the toss and decided to bat first. New Zealand were pushed on the backfoot in the first over of the game as Mitchell Starc dismissed Brendon McCullum for naught.

By contrast, Australia captain Michael Clarke, playing his last one-day international, made 74 in his side’s winning total of 186 for three. “It’s been one hell of a ride for us,” said McCullum.

“We played some outstanding cricket, but we ran into an outstanding Australia team tonight who continue to set the way in world cricket. Michael Clarke deserves to bow out as world champion.” 

Turning to the ball that dismissed him, McCullum added, “It was quick one. It all unfolded not as we planned. I thought we got ourselves back in the game at 150 for three but Australia as they do put us back under pressure. We were the second-best team. We’ve got no regrets — as a cricketer this is the greatest stage you can ask for,” he added. 

Brendon McCullum said he is very proud of his team and the bond that was created during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will last forever.

“We’ve forged memories and friendships that will last forever. The brand of cricket we’ve is something we’re immensely proud of. It is the greatest time of our lives and that’s the way we’ve tried to play the game. I’m immensely proud of all the guys.”

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