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#CWC15Final: Australia are champions of the world!

Australia has beaten New Zealand by seven wickets in the 2015 Cricket World Cup final.

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS: Australia's cricketers celebrate after taking a wicket during the 2015 Cricket World Cup final on 29 March 2015. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Australia are the 2015 Cricket World Cup champions after beating New Zealand by seven wickets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The Aussies were set a target of 184 to win after they bowled the Black Caps out for 183 in 45 overs, thanks to superb performances with the ball from Mitchell Johnson and James Faulkner, who claimed three scalps each, and Mitchell Starc who grabbed two.

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and opted to bat first but he would quickly rue that decision as he became the first victim inside the first over, walking off for a duck.

They lost wickets regularly with Grant Elliot, the hero for New Zealand in the semi-final against South Africa, doing all he can to give his side a fighting chance.

Ross Taylor was another standout performer with the bat for the co-hosts but his 40 could do very little in helping the Black Caps post a more imposing total.

Australia lost the wicket of Aaron Finch early in their chase, as he was dismissed for a duck, which seemed to hand the Kiwis renewed hope. But Steve Smith and David Warner quickly dashed those hopes as they put on a second wicket partnership of 61 runs, until Warner fell for 45.

Enter captain Michael Clarke, who was walking to the crease for the very last time in his 245-match ODI career.

He played a captain's knock as he notched up 74 runs to all but seal victory for his country, but it wouldn't be a dream end for him as he was dismissed by Matt Henry with nine runs needed.

Smith would be the man to guide his team over the finish line as he smashed four runs to crown Australia world champions.

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