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    I hope tonights final meets expectations ...this cup has had enough 'shocks' already. I hope there are loads of fireworks from both teams and it goes down to the wire......... with australia scraping in in the end of course!

    Can't wait! C'mon Aussies!

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    5 hours to go!

    4 hours till beer oclock

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    actually - what a good idea ....

    *trundles off to the fridge for an arvo refreshment*

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeMock View Post
    5 hours to go!

    4 hours till beer oclock
    At least there is a break between the Eagles and the cricket.

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    Thats true.

    But I was a good boy and stick to water during the footy

    Not long to go now.

    My brother just called and said he is coming around with his swag. Sometimes I just wish he bought a TV!

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    It's raining and we will have a delayed start ........looks like it's going to be one of those stop/start games . I just hope it doesn't turn into a 20/20 game and become a duckworth/lewis final

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    Is there anywhere I can listen to it?

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    No...now get to the pub!

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    Just a thought...if the game can't be played does Ponting's winning of the toss make us the champions?

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    Well what a waste of time going to the pub that was.

    At least the beer was good.

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    we won we won we won!

    it was pretty much always possible, a gritty hard fought win!

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    what a discracefull finish....sums up the whole tournement really.

    Well I am now 28 hours with out sleep and am going to bed for an hour or 2....

    well done Australia

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    AUSTRALIA won an historic third successive World Cup this morning, but not before celebrating prematurely as the tournament's troubled run ended in complete farce.

    With three overs left in the match reduced to 38 overs a side because off rain, Sri Lanka's batsmen were offered the light and accepted, sparking wild celebrations from the Australia players.

    But after whoops of delight and much prancing around, Ricky Ponting's men were told the game wasn't over after all, and after a long discussion with umpires Aleem Dar and Steve Bucknor, as well as third umpire Billy Bowden, play continued in near darkness.

    It was an appalling way to finish a tournament that has been pilloried for it's excessive length and lack of depth, and the International Cricket Council will have much to ponder in the four years between now and the next tournament on the sub-continent

    The biggest shame is that Australia historic moment, and a performance of sheer class from Adam Gilchrist, will be forgotten as a result of a quite ludicrous finale.

    Even the presentation rostrum was sent back into the stands by the officials when the only result possible was an Australia victory.

    Three overs in darkness and another wicket later, the game mercifully ended with Sri Lanka running on 8-215, chasing Australia's imposing 4-289, losing by 53 runs in a match punctuated by rain delays and the chaos of the ilk Fawlty Towers scriptwriters would have been proud of.

    Australia's total was set up by an awesome knock of 149 by Gilchrist, who racked up his runs in little more than two hours from just 104 balls to set a new individual high score record in the World Cup final, beating Ponting's record of four years ago of 140.

    "It's been a while between drinks for my hundred, and really pleasing to do it on such an important day," Gilchrist said in the gloom as Australia celebrated in front of a crowd that was probably grateful for its bright yellow team colours, given the ridiculous gloom.

    "It's an unbelievable feeling. The guys have worked so hard," he added, without making mention of the bizarre circumstances of victory.

    Gilchrist, dropped on 31, and fellow left hander Matthew Hayden's stand of 172 was a World Cup final first-wicket record, surpassing the 129 shared by England's Mike Brearley and Geoff Boycott during West Indies' 92-run win at Lord's in 1979.

    Gilchrist opened up in Chaminda Vaas's second over. He flicked the bowler's eighth ball for four over square leg, and next ball he drove him over long-on for six.

    Vaas, after an expensive three-over spell costing 24 runs, was replaced by fellow quick Dilhara Fernando, retained despite conceding 45 runs in five overs during Tuesday's 81-run semi-final win over New Zealand.

    Fernando, in his second over, dropped a low caught and bowled chance off Gilchrist's checked drive, with the keeper on 31 and Australia 0-47, and conceded 74 from his eight overs.

    Next ball Gilchrist struck him for four through mid-wicket to bring up Australia's fifty. The ball after was lashed through long-on and Gilchrist immediately topped that with a six in the same area.

    He completed a 43-ball fifty with two sixes and five fours.

    Off spinner Tillakaratne Dilshan wasn't let off the hook, Gilchrist driving the bowler over his head for two superb straight sixes as he passed his previous best score this tournament, 59 not out against Bangladesh.

    The 35 year old then saw Australia to 100 in just 102 balls by off driving Fernando for six.

    Gilchrist swept Murali for a six that soared over mid-wicket before Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene brought back trump card Malinga in a bid to break the stand. His first ball back was smashed for six over long-off by Hayden.

    Gilchrist then struck Malinga to the same boundary to bring up a superb century in 72 balls with six sixes and eight fours.

    Hayden, renowned as a power-hitter and the tournament's leading run-scorer, was still in the 30s.

    Sri Lanka's chase began badly when Upul Tharanga edged a ball into Gilchrist's gloves behind the wicket after less than 10 minutes of the reply.

    But Kumar Sangakkara and veteran left hander Sanath Jayasuriya gave Sri Lanka hope of a repeat of the 1996 final, when it beat Australia, with a partnership of 116 before Sangakkara was caught on 54 by Ponting off Brad Hogg's spin bowling.

    When part-time bowler Michael Clarke clean bowled Jayasuriya for 63 with a short ball that didn't bounce, Sri Lanka's chase had faltered, and victory began to look inevitable.

    After the farce of the end that wasn't, victory eventually was Australia's, and it's third straight World Cup in the bag.

    Australia did not lose a single match at this World Cup, extending an extraordinary riin of victories that goes back to 1999 and defeat to Pakistan in the group stage of that tournament, which it won to start the hat-trick of titles.

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    ^ Well written, MM, considering how tired you were...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwillyhggtb View Post
    we won we won we won!

    it was pretty much always possible, a gritty hard fought win!
    Now can I skite???



    What a fucking debacle [WC] the whole thing was...

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    Well done Australia, Gilchrist the man for the hour. I couldn't believe the ending, farcical.

    Time to review the Duckworth-Lewis system. Allowing it for the final just belittles the whole tournament. Would they allow the baseball World Series to be less than 9 innings if rain intervened?...No bloody way, they'd come back the next day, would they allow the Wimbledon final to be reduced to 3 sets??

    I wouldn't say the whole cup was a debacle, but many parts of it were.


    Once again, all hail the undefeated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    ^ Well written, MM, considering how tired you were...
    ...and emotional

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    oh and MtD...did you read the last line where credit was given to the ownership of the story......obviously not.
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    from news.com.au (< for MtD)

    AUSTRALIA has beaten Sri Lanka by 53 runs in Barbados in a farcical finish to win the World Cup for the third successive time and fourth overall.

    The Australian victory was due largely to a sensational innings of 149 by opener Adam Gilchrist'.

    Australia hit 4-281 from their 38 overs in the rain-reduced match before Sri Lanka made 8-215.

    After another rain interruption presented Sri Lanka with a revised target of 269 from 36 overs, the
    Sri Lankans took the bad light offer from the umpires and went off the field at 7-206 from 33 overs, sparking wild celebrations from Ricky Ponting's side.

    An ICC spokesman told the media that Australia had won by 38 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method.

    But as officials rushed to prepare the presentation area, umpires Aleem Dar and Steve Bucknor insisted the game wasn't over and 10 minutes later play resumed, after 6pm local time, dragging out the farce for three more overs.

    With Sri Lanka chasing 282 from 38 overs, Australia returned to the field after their lunch break full of confidence.

    But Sri Lanka overcame the early loss of Upul Tharanga, bowled by Nathan Bracken for six, to put themselves back into the contest with a 116-run stand between Sanath Jayasuriya and Kumar Sangakkara.

    Spinner Brad Hogg broke through at 2-123 in the 20th over, removing Sangakkara for 54, and three overs later the veteran Jayasuriya fell for 63, bowled by part-time spinner Michael Clarke.

    Rain forced a short delay with Sri Lanka 3-149 from 24.5 overs.

    Their target was revised but Shane Watson made things tougher in the next over, trapping semi-final century-maker Mahela Jayawardene lbw for 19.

    Clarke sparked another celebration when he threw to the bowler's end to have Tillakaratne Dilshan run out for 14 to end the 30th over. Next ball Clarke grabbed his second scalp as the left-armer bowled Chamara Silva (21) at 6-190.

    McGrath had wanted a five-wicket haul for his farewell but settled with one victim in his seventh over when Russell Arnold top-edged a full toss to a diving wicketkeeper Gilchrist.

    Australia's innings began slowly but soon turned into an exhibition of big hitting as Gilchrist dominated an opening stand of 172 with Matthew Hayden (38).

    This was despite morning rain which caused a delay of two-and-three-quarter hours to the start of play.

    The 35-year-old Gilchrist's maiden World Cup hundred fell nine runs short of Matthew Hayden's Australian World Cup record score of 158, set earlier in the tournament.

    Gilchrist equalled Ponting's record of most sixes (eight) in a World Cup innings and beat Ponting's 140 not out in 2003 against India in Johannesburg for the highest score in a World Cup final.

    Ponting looked in good touch before he was run out for 37 from 42 deliveries.

    Shane Watson (3) fell in the penultimate over as Andrew Symonds (23 not out) and Michael Clarke (8 not out) completed the innings.

    Today's effort was Australia's eighth half-century opening stand in 11 matches in the World Cup, seven of which came from the Gilchrist-Hayden pairing.

    Australia contained Sri Lanka's two main bowling threats. Lasith Malinga (2-49) claimed the wickets of Hayden and Watson but didn't change the course of the game and champion off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan took 0-44.

    Malinga's first four overs cost only six runs and Australia were 0-46 off 10 overs, with 235 runs coming from the final 28 overs at more than eight per over.

    Paceman Dilhara Fernando (1-74 off eight overs) and spinner Tillakaratne Dilshan (0-23 off two overs) were heavily punished.

    Gilchrist reached his century off 72 balls with eight fours and six sixes, his first hundred in one-day internationals since the third final of the home tri-series in Brisbane against Sri Lanka in 2005-06.

    Dropped on 31 by the bowler Fernando in a return catch attempt, the left-hander gave another chance on 100 when wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara spilled a low diving chance.

    Hayden's departure in the 23rd over, caught at cover off Malinga, ended his remarkable tournament in which the 35-year-old Queenslander hit 659 runs at 73.22 including three hundreds.

    The result was also Australia's 23rd consecutive World Cup win and 29th World Cup match without defeat.

    Man of the match Gilchrist was delighted to have been a member of a World Cup winning side for the third time.

    "We are thrilled, it is just an unbelievable feeling, it is just so terrific the guys have worked so hard," he said.

    "It is an amazing feeling."

    He said his match-winning knock in such a big game was particularly satisfying.

    "It has been a while between drinks for my hundred so it was really pleasing to get it on an important day," he said.

    Retiring seamer Glenn McGrath was named player of the tournament.

    After picking up the award, McGrath said: "I am really happy with the way things have turned out, I have really enjoyed this tournament. The fact that my retirement was just around the corner made me enjoy it a lot more."

    "I just went out there and had some fun."

    However he admitted he would miss the game.

    "It has been quite a long career, I have loved every minute of it," he added.

    "I think the things I will miss is playing on the field and after the match the celebrations, which we are going to enjoy over the next few days."

    Departing coach John Buchanan felt there was a gulf between his men and the rest of the world.

    "It's like day and night between us and the rest," said Buchanan.

    "It's a fairytale to win three World Cups in a row.

    "It really is an unbelievable achievement and it's due to the team and the support team.

    "We have great players and when you have great players this is what happens."

    The West Indies, champions in 1975 and 1979, are the only side to have gone close to winning three Cups in a row but lost the final to India in the 1983 tournament in England.

    Australian captain Ricky Ponting was "unbelievably proud" of his side's achievement.

    "We did not have a close game throughout the tournament and full credit to the guys," he said.

    "We have never been satisfied with where we are and by what we have done.

    "Individuals have challenged themselves and the results have just been getting better and better."

    "There was one difference between the teams today and that was Adam Gilchrist's unbelievable innings, it was a sight to behold."

    The Australian players joined Ponting on the podium in lifting the World Cup and posed for photographers.

    Australia have lifted the Cup on four occasions from the tournament's nine stagings.

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    GLENN McGrath has proved us all wrong. The final flight of the Pigeon may be remembered as the greatest achievement of his career.

    Hands up if you are a cricket fan and had doubts about whether McGrath should be in Australia's World Cup squad.

    If both hands are by your side, congratulations. You are a member of a very small club.

    In the dying stages of the Australian summer, McGrath looked a fading force.

    The speedometer was sagging below 130km/h and vengeful batsmen, stirred by years of torment, were charging him.

    At times in the field he moved as if he was wearing gumboots full of water.

    There were times when the only person who truly believed in him was McGrath.

    "I know what I am capable of and I won't let anyone down," he said.

    Let history record that no matter the fate he or Australia suffers in the World Cup final in Barbados tonight, McGrath, with a record 25 cup wickets, has kept his promise.

    He remains a champion to the end.

    Limited-overs best-and-fairest awards are made for batsmen. The entire game is.

    For a fast-bowler to be judged the best one-day player in the world for a two-month period -- as McGrath has done at age 37 -- defies every trend in a game that, almost by the month, is becoming the domain of younger, faster and more athletic players.

    McGrath has simply been too smart for batsmen in this tournament.

    Six times he has taken wickets in his first over as over-anxious foes try to get on top.

    He is so cool and controlled that he spots every nuance of a batsman and reacts accordingly. On Thursday, he was a metre from the crease when he noticed Jacques Kallis moving forward and towards leg.

    After 14 years of international cricket, his radar is so finely tuned that he instinctively adjusted to bowl a perfectly pitched off-stump yorker that rattled Kallis' stumps.

    Some people called the dismissal a batsman's error, which seriously undervalued McGrath's effort.

    Some people knew what he was up to. Former English seamer Angus Fraser, who has always considered McGrath a hero, watched from the press box and then, with a wry grin, typed the following line for London newspaper <i>The Independent</i>: "Batsmen keep thinking they can take him on, but he is so shrewd that only the absolute best can take any sort of liberties at all with him".

    For McGrath to take off most of last year because of wife, Jane's, cancer scare, then return in such stirring fashion, is a stunning performance.

    The contrast was marked in the demeanours of McGrath and the South African side as they left the same resort before the match.

    Smiling, chatty McGrath looked so relaxed at breakfast that he seemed ready for a surf and a sunbake.

    The stony-faced South Africans filed out to the team bus looking like soldiers boarding the bus for the frontline.

    McGrath sauntered out, relaxed, confident, expectant, but not nervous because he has never been one to suffer nerves.

    That's probably because why, while the rest of the world had their doubts, he always knew he had what it took to stay on top of the world until the very end of his distinguished career.

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    McGrath - wot a champion, wot a legend, wot a way to leave!

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    This from the live text commentary on the BBC website: This is quite incredible. No-one knows if Australia have officially won. Ponting and his boys are still jumping around hugging, but the umpires are trying to take the stumps back off them. It's almost night out there now too. This is now a farce. All we need is for Steve Bucknor to accidentally drop his trousers or squash a custard pie into Ricky Ponting's face.



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    haha classic magpie. Those poms can be funny bastards at times!

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    Anyway, what about the Rugby world cup??

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    See wot I mean Magpie....funny bastards they are!

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