Melbourne - A devastating spell by fast-bowling all-rounder James Faulkner
allowed Australia to put one hand on a fifth World Cup trophy as New
Zealand were skittled for 183 after batting first at the Melbourne
Cricket Ground on Sunday.
With the fourth-wicket partnership of
Ross Taylor and Grant Elliott having rebuilt New Zealand's innings with a
111-run stand, the 24-year-old struck twice in the first over of the
second power-play in the 36th over.
Faulkner finessed a slower,
wider ball from the back of the hand, coaxing Taylor into a drive which
he nicked behind to evergreen wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, who pouched a
brilliant, one-handed catch diving low and to his right.
wicket was confirmed after a lengthy review, but upon the resumption of
play, Faulkner dismissed Corey Anderson for a second-ball duck with a
faster full-length delivery.
From a position of some assurance,
New Zealand were suddenly reeling at 150-4, but left-arm paceman
Mitchell Starc made things worse by having Luke Ronchi caught behind for
a duck in the following over.
Faulkner would cap his
game-changing spell by removing Elliott for 83, with another
well-disguised slower delivery that teased the bat on the way through to
That robbed New Zealand of their last recognised batsman and the tail duly crumbled as shadows crept across the ground.
finished with 3-36 from his nine overs, with Australia's left-arm
'Mitchells' Johnson (3-30) and Starc (2-20) also enjoying a fine
Faulkner missed the start of the World Cup with a side
strain and Australia sweated on the talented all-rounder's fitness
through opening matches against England and New Zealand.
was absent for the nerve-jangling pool phase loss against the Kiwis in
Auckland, but has come back to haunt the team on cricket's biggest
"Pretty good stuff from the boys," Faulkner said in a pitchside interview.
good MCG wicket. A little bit slow to start off with. We have worked
really hard on our fielding. Outfield is a little quicker than normal.
"There's no reason we can't chase the runs.
"We've been working really hard on our fielding and it was another good performance."