Michael Clarke Had Special Message For His Team During The Successful ICC CWC 2015
Sunday (29th March) was the fifth anniversary for Australia’s victory in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 at home. Then Australian captain Michael Clarke had a special message to his boys in that entire tournament, and he revealed it recently.
On 29th March 2015, Australia and New Zealand met in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 at Melbourne Cricket Ground (Melbourne). It was the first World Cup final for New Zealand who reached to the final spot in an unbeaten way. Meanwhile, the four-time World Cup winners Australia were playing their first World Cup final at the home venue. Apart from losing only one match in the Group Stage against the hosts New Zealand (Auckland), Australia didn’t suffer another defeat in that tournament.
In that final, while Australia bundled out New Zealand for 183 runs (45 overs), they chased down the target in 33.1 overs after losing just three wickets. The left-arm pacer James Faulkner won the Player of the Match award in that final after managing the bowling figures of 9-1-36-3. He played a crucial role to bundle out the Blackcaps for a cheap total, despite once batting on 150/3. Another left-arm pacer Mitchell Johnson (3/30) also bagged three wickets in that game.
During that entire tournament, the captain Clarke encouraged his teammates to play the game with freedom. He had full faith in his players.
Clarke recently told cricket.com.au, “My message throughout the whole tournament was ‘play with freedom’.
“The thing about the squad we picked is we had so many superstars who wanted to be on the big stage.”
There was a lot of big egos on the team: Michael Clarke
Clarke felt that all those Australian players were superstars who wanted to show their incredible abilities in the big tournaments like the Cricket World Cup.
He added, “There was a lot of big egos on the team and they wanted the bigger game, bigger crowd, bigger moment.
“For me it was about our training and preparation being so important because then all I wanted to do was allow these x-factor players – Faulkner, Maxwell, Warner, Starc, Smith – these superstars to get on stage and show the world how good they are, and that’s what happened.”
While it was Australia’s fifth Cricket World Cup title, it was also their first ICC title under Michael Clarke’s captaincy.
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