Australia defeated New Zealand in an emphatic fashion to lift the 2015 World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. Here's what the players said after an amazing World Cup final.
James Faulkner: "Pretty amazing feeling, in front of 90,000 at the MCG. We've had an amazing journey the last couple of years. In the Powerplay the skipper tosses you the ball and it works out like that sometimes. I thought I might not be here today, so this is an amazing feeling."
Mitchell Starc: "Amazing tournament, some outstanding performances but to cap it off. NZ have set the standard all tournament but we led it home. I've worked really hard for a number of months now, a few series ago we sat down and to see it come to fruition it's been phenomenal. Little lucky, it was a plan Craig and I had but to see it executed. Brendon's been fantastic all tournament. The fans have been fantastic, to win in front of this many people,there's nothing like it. Going to enjoy this one for now."
Michael Clarke: "Over the moon, what a tournament, Brendon and NZ deserve a lot of credit, always a tough team to beat, whenever we play them in any sport - so well done to Baz and his team, especially personally, he had an amazing performance. Thanks to every Australian and cricket supporter out there who've been behind us. The team and support staff, the support I've had since coming back into the team, they deserve to stand there with the trophy. Said we were ready mentally and we managed to get it all together physically. I might give the No 23 jersey back to Warney... Haven't given it much though, time is right to walk away from one-day cricket, I'll still be playing Test cricket. I wear the black arm band. It's got PH on it, I'll wear it every time I play for Australia. Been a really tough few months and everyone would say we played this World Cup with 16 players. Tonight is dedicated to our little brother. Hughesy used to party as well as any of them. We're really proud, it's a wonderful achievement, to win in our own backyard in front of family and friends."
Shane Watson: "They've been the form side of world cricket the last six months, Brendon McCullum has done an incredible job, they have match-winners through their team. We're incredibly glad to have won."
Darren Lehmannn: "They've been fantastic over the six weeks and the support we've had is unbelievable, "That's why I love them."
Steve Smith: "Unbelievable feeling. We said we wanted to play out best games at the end of the tourament, To win three down is amazing... The bowlers set it up for us. Thanks for everyone coming out."
David Warner: "Thanks to everyone who has come out to support us, credit to you guys."
Brendon McCullum: "It's been one hell of a ride for us, right the way through, we played some outstanding cricket. We ran into an outstanding team in Australia, they continue to set the standard. Michael Clarke bows out on a high note, they deserved to win. Probably unfolded not as planned, but we got ourselves back in the game at 3 for 150. With 180, you still dare to dream could have ended up differently with a couple of things going our way. This is what you ask for as a cricketer, we've had the opportunity. We've forged memories and friendships that will last forever. Didn't lift the trophy but no regrets, the brand of cricket we've played and we walk away with our heads held high. It's the greatest time of our lives and that's how we tried to play the game, with a free spirit and heart. Still think we can be very proud of our achievements in this tournament."