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The good, the bad and the ugly from CWC 2015

Mitchell Starc broke New Zealand hearts but he hasn't got the nasty streak of some of his team-mates.

OPINION: Don't be down, there's another long, hot summer ahead in England. We can still dare to dream.

Ghosts of '92 can finally be put to rest

Moments of joy were rare in the Cricket World Cup final but this New Zealand team gave us plenty to feel happy about.

OPINION: Moments of joy were rare in the World Cup final but this NZ team gave us plenty to feel happy about.

Webster: Don't listen to 'em, Warnie

Shane Warne works up a thirst while commentating on the World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand.

OPINION: Australian cricket, it seems, has now been fully restored to its former glory, writes Andrew Webster.

Ref review: Rugby rules in need of a rethink video

Blues captain Jerome Kaino is shown the yellow card for a high tackle on Waratahs flanker Dave Dennis.

Some rules in rugby need a fresh look from the powers that be and better clarification to prevent referees making mistakes.

Millmow: How the Black Caps players rated at CWC gallery

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won plaudits for his aggressive tactics throughout the World Cup.

OPINION: Cricket writer Jonathan Millmow runs his eye over New Zealand's players at the World Cup.

McCullum completes last CWC act with class

Brendon McCullum walks past the Cricket World Cup trophy after a hard night at the MCG.

OPINION: Overseas media break into a round of applause for the skipper of the Cup, it's B-Mac's last stand.

Outplayed, out-thought when it mattered most video

Daniel Vettori can only look on as Australia bat their way to glory.

OPINION: Seven weeks of rollicking entertainment, replaced by a below par effort when it counted most.

World Cup built on Australian pace bowling

Mitchell Johnson of Australia and team-mate Brad Haddin celebrate after the dismissal of Luke Ronchi.

OPINION: Without question, this was a World Cup built upon the efforts of Australian pace bowling.

Reason: McCullum is the key to unlocking fortress

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has a chance to make history against Australia in the World Cup final at the MCG.

OPINION: Ignore the pool result, Australia will be a ferocious beast in their MCG fortress, writes Mark Reason.

Day full of colour sets the stage for final

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum and Australian Captain Michael Clarke pose with the Cricket World Cup trophy ahead of their World Cup Final match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Saturday 28th March 2015. Copyright Photo: Raghavan Venugopal / www.photosport.co.nz

OPINION: After a Saturday of colour, twists and emotion, a gripping final awaits us.

Gifford: Sporting moments that made us more Kiwi

Dick Tayler reacts after winning gold in the 10,000 metres at the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch.

OPINION: The Cricket World Cup journey has been magical. Let's look back on some other great fairytale rides.

Hay: It's all about the future for All Whites

All Whites coach Anthony Hudson is still searching for his maiden win since taking over from Ricki Herbert.

OPINION: The All Whites match against Korea has become a genuine acid test. Not so much for coach Anthony Hudson, but more for his young squad.

Doull: Batting first is key for Black Caps

Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum will want to put runs on the board to put pressure on Australia at the MCG.

OPINION: The Black Caps will not have thought about the possibility of losing the final. They are more than good enough to win it.

Settle, then chase key for Kiwis

Brendon McCullum will be true to his word. If he's going down, he's going down fighting.

OPINION: New Zealand's best chance to win the World Cup is to chase, writes Jonathan Millmow.

Super Rugby's burning questions of the week

PLENTY TO PONDER: Steve Hansen will be keeping a close eye on his All Black stars in a World Cup year.

OPINION: Fairfax Media's leading rugby scribes tackle the three burning questions of the week as Super Rugby heads for round seven.

G-whiz, it's not that big, says Hesson

MIKE HESSON: A little fellow with steel up his spine and determination in his eyes.

OPINION: Mike Hesson is checking out the practice nets at the MCG. He gives them the thumbs up.

Millmow: Black Caps may have to alter game plan

WIDE OPEN SPACES: The vast Melbourne Cricket Ground offers plenty of chances to run twos and threes, rather than fours and sixes.

OPINION: Matthew Hayden makes some valid points. His delivery could do with some sandpaper but the logic is sound.

Johnstone: Specialist coaches vital to NZ's run

INFLUENTIAL: Black Caps specialist coaches Shane Bond for bowling (centre) and Craig McMillian for batting (right), with head coach Mike Hesson.

OPINION: The Black Caps' blazing approach is fuelled by some equally aggressive backroom coaching staff.

This is no fable, these Kiwis are for real

ONLY JUST: Kane Williamson celebrates his team's progression to the World Cup final.

OPINION: When a good NZ team emerges, like a fable from Middle Earth, it will finish in a moment, Not this time.

Millmow: Grant Elliott proves his critics wrong

YOU BEAUTY: Grant Elliott hit the winning six for New Zealand at Eden Park.

OPINION: How ironic a man born in South Africa but now with his heart in New Zealand decided the issue.

Reason: Golden summer could be over for New Zealand

GOOD GUYS: Kane Williamson with Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club junior Aston Burwell-Garratt, one of the recipients of $5000 worth of cricket gear to help replace what they lost in the Kiwi Self Storage fire last year.

OPINION: Enjoy New Zealand's brightest generation of cricketers while you can - the fun may not last, argues Mark Reason.

Millmow: NZ vs South Africa, it's anyone's guess

STRAIGHT IN: Matt Henry could well be a direct replacement for the injured Adam Milne in the Black Caps' side for the World Cup semifinal against South Africa at Eden Park.

OPINION: All day from 7am till 7pm in Auckland, the question was the same; “who’s going to win?”.

Webster: Pocock deserves praise for taking stand

TAKING A STAND: Players such as David Pocock should be encouraged to speak out against prejudice.

OPINION: Not for the first time, David Pocock takes a stand for what he believes in. He speaks up, when others don't.

OMG says Crowe after pupil's heavenly innings

RECORD BREAKER: Martin Guptill roars after reaching his double-century against the West Indies.

Martin Crowe's warrant of fitness check on Martin Guptill makes 'Guppy' good again.

Fan in the Stand: Guptill takes it in his stride

ROAR OF APPROVAL: Black Caps batsman Martin Guptill celebrates his double century against the West Indies.

OPINION: Martin Guptill has the same poise and relaxed manner as Nathan Astle did throughout his career.

Man Utd selection policy all a bit double Dutch

HARD TO FOLLOW: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has an unusual selection policy.

OPINION: The English Premier League title is Chelsea's to lose with nine rounds remaining in the season.

Gifford: Hurricanes look Super after another win

NOT STOPPING: Beauden Barrett on the attack against the Highlanders on Friday night.

OPINION: After five straight wins, the once brittle franchise has clearly found the formula for success.

Tale of two captains hits happy ending

LEADING THE WAY: Brendon McCullum at the crease against the West Indies in Wellington.

OPINION: Only one team was desperate in Wellington and it wasn't the West Indies, writes Mark Reason.

Australia's X-factor still gives them edge

X-FACTOR: Inventive all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has been a key part of Australia's progress to the Cricket World Cup semifinals.

OPINION: World Cup co-hosts have big game temperament, big game players, and the X-factor performers.

Sky not falling as EPL becomes gloomy viewing

Arsenal’s Theo Walcott looks dejected after his team continued the Premier League’s bad run in the Champions League, losing on away goals to Monaco on Tuesday.

OPINION: In hindsight, Sky Sport might be pleased they lost the rights to screen the English Premier League.

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