Michael Clarke 'did not see any send-offs' of New Zealand batsmen in World Cup final

Brad Haddin, centre, shows his usual lack of class as he goads fallen NZ batsman Grant Elliott.
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Brad Haddin, centre, shows his usual lack of class as he goads fallen NZ batsman Grant Elliott.

Michael Clarke believes none of his players overstepped the mark in their treatment of dismissed New Zealand batsmen in Sunday's World Cup victory at the MCG.

Martin Guptill, Grant Elliott and Dan Vettori each received hefty send-offs, with Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin involved in confrontations with Guptill and Elliott.

Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum declined to delve into the issue when pressed on it after the match, but that didn't stop social media users from having a dig at the Australians.

"It wasn't really discussed within the group. Send-offs are send-offs. It's not something we necessarily are concerned about," McCullum said.

"I think the focus should be on how well Australia played and how they deserve this victory, rather than any minor issues on the way through."

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Australia captain Clarke said he had not witnessed any behaviour he had been unhappy about.

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Michael Clarke and the Australian cricket team celebrate after beating the Black Caps to win the World Cup in Melbourne.

Brendon McCullum and the Black Caps look on after losing the Cricket World Cup final by seven wickets to Australia at the MCG.

Michael Clarke and the Australian cricket team celebrate after beating the Black Caps to win the World Cup in Melbourne.

Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill and Matt Henry of New Zealand look dejected after their seven-wicket loss to the Australians in the Cricket World Cup final.

Michael Clarke and the Australian cricket team celebrate with the bubbly after beating the Black Caps to win the World Cup in Melbourne.

Shane Watson and Steve Smith of Australia celebrate after beating the Black Caps to win the Cricket World Cup in Melbourne.

Aussie batsmen Shane Watson and Steve Smith celebrate after beating the Black Caps to win the Cricket World Cup in Melbourne.

Steve Smith of Australia celebrates hitting the winning runs in the Cricket World Cup final against the Black Caps at Melbourne's MCG.

Members of the Australian cricket team take to the field in celebration after beating the Black Caps to win the Cricket World Cup final.

Aussie skipper Michael Clarke celebrates after scoring a half century during his side's successful run-chase against the Black Caps in the World Cup final.

New Zealand left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori takes a moment in the field during the Cricket World Cup final against Australia at the MCG.

Australian skipper Michael Clarke sends one to the boundary against the Black Caps in the Cricket World Cup final.

Aussie skipper Michael Clarke sends one to the boundary against the Black Caps in the Cricket World Cup final at the MCG.

New Zealand's captain Brendon McCullum (left) hands the ball to bowler Tim Southee in the Cricket World Cup final at Melbourne's MCG.

Aussie skipper Michael Clarke bats against the Black Caps in the Cricket World Cup final at the MCG.

Black Caps bowler Matt Henry celebrates after taking the wicket of David Warner in the Cricket World Cup final at the MCG.

Kiwi fans gather in Britomart, Auckland to cheer the Black Caps on against Australia during the final of the Cricket World Cup.

Australian opener David Warner reacts during his side's run-chase in the Cricket World Cup final against the Black Caps.

Kiwi fans gather in Britomart, Auckland to cheer the Black Caps on against Australia during the final of the Cricket World Cup.

Kiwi fans gather in Britomart, Auckland to cheer the Black Caps on against Australia during the final of the Cricket World Cup.

Australian No 3 Steve Smith in action against the Black Caps in the Cricket World Cup final at the MCG in Melbourne.

Aussie opener David Warner of Australia puts one away against the Black Caps in the Cricket World Cup final at the MCG.

The Black Caps celebrate after Trent Boult dismisses Aaron Finch in the Cricket World Cup final.

Australian opener Aaron Finch looks dejected after being dismissed by Trent Boult in the Cricket World Cup final at the MCG.

New Zealand batsmen Tim Southee (left) and Trent Boult (centre) walk off the field after the Black Caps were dismissed for 183 in the World Cup final.

New Zealand's Trent Boult (left) walks off the field as members of the Australian team celebrate after the Black Caps were bowled out for 183.

Mitchell Johnson and Brad Haddin celebrate after the dismissal of Luke Ronchi in the Cricket World Cup final.

Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson celebrates taking the wicket of Daniel Vettori in the Cricket World Cup final.

New Zealand's Grant Elliott (centre) reacts as he walks off the field after being dismissed for 83 runs during the Cricket World Cup final against Australia.

New Zealand's Luke Ronchi reacts as he walks off the field after being dismissed for a duck during the Cricket World Cup final against Australia.

Brad Haddin of Australia smiles as he passes rival wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi during the Cricket World Cup final at the MCG.

James Faulkner of Australia celebrates with his team mates after dismissing Black Caps allrounder Corey Anderson.

New Zealand's Corey Anderson is bowled by Australia's James Faulkner for a duck during the Cricket World Cup final.

Aussie quick James Faulkner celebrates after sending Black Caps allrounder Corey Anderson packing in the Cricket World Cup final at the MCG.

Black Caps batsman Ross Taylor trudges off the MCG after being caught by Australian keeper Brad Haddin in the Cricket World Cup final.

New Zealand's Grant Elliott gets one away against Australia in the Cricket World Cup final at the MCG.

Ross Taylor congratulates teammate Grant Elliott on his half century during the Cricket World Cup final against Australia.

Ross Taylor of New Zealand bats during the World Cup final against Australia at Mlebourne's MCG.

Aussie quick Josh Hazlewood fields his own delivery during the Cricket World Cup final at the MCG in Melbourne.

Ross Taylor of New Zealand bats during the World Cup final against Australia at the MCG.

Black Caps batsman Kane Williamson watches as he is caught by Australia's Mitchell Johnson for twelve runs during the Cricket World Cup final.

Black Caps opener Martin Guptill is bowled by Aussie spinner Glenn Maxwell in the Cricket World Cup final at the MCG.

Aussie spinner Glenn Maxwell celebrates after taking the wicket of Black Caps opener Martin Guptill in the Cricket World Cup final at the MCG.

Martin Guptill gets a hold of one during the Cricket World Cup final against Australia at the MCG in Melbourne.

Martin Guptill ducks for cover during the Cricket World Cup final against Australia at the MCG.

Brendon McCullum of New Zealand is bowled out by Mitchell Starc of Australia in the opening over of the Cricket World Cup final.

Mitchell Starc of Australia celebrates taking the wicket of Brendon McCullum of New Zealand during the Cricket World Cup final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Mitchell Starc of Australia is congratulated by teammates after getting the wicket of Brendon McCullum of New Zealand with his first over in the Cricket World Cup final.

Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum (right) stands with his team mates during the playing of the national anthems before the start of their Cricket World Cup final match against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Iconic former New Zealand cricketer Martin Crowe inspects the pitch prior to the World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Gabrielle Garcia and Anna Rouse in Auckland, ready and waitng.

Black Caps supporters pose as they arrive for the Cricket World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Kiwi fans are flocking to the MCG in Melbourne to cheer on the Black Caps in the World Cup final against Australia.

Sonali Pedley-Gill, 8, Kai Pedley-Gill, 10, and father Stephen Pedley will backing the Black Caps during Sunday's game. The family, visiting from London, went along to the Australia versus Pakistan game earlier in the tournament.

Martin Crowe, Mark Taylor, Shane Bond and Ian Smith at the MCG in Melbourne ahead of the Cricket World Cup final.

Kiwi fans are flocking to the MCG in Melbourne to cheer on the Black Caps in the World Cup final against Australia.

Diehard fans are already trickling in to Auckland's fanzone downtown in Britomart, about an hour before the match is due to start.

Kiwi fans are flocking to the MCG in Melbourne to cheer on the Black Caps in the World Cup final against Australia.

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"I can't remember a player getting a send-off. Maybe I was too far from the action," he said.

"Obviously it's a World Cup final. There's passion, there's excitement, there's adrenalin running through the guys' bodies."

Clarke said if anything did occur, it may have been retaliatory.

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"You cop as good as you give. I know this team has copped a fair bit of stick throughout this World Cup," he said.

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"The boys have got long memories. Maybe there was something there [from the Auckland match]; I'm not too sure.

"I don't think there was anything that was below the belt."

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 - The Age

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