Australia crush NZ to win World Cup

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By Stephan Shemilt BBC Sport in Melbourne

New Zealand 183 (45 overs): Elliott 83, Johnson 3-30, Faulkner 3-36

Australia 186-3 (33.1 overs): Clarke 74, Smith 56*

Australia win by 7 wickets

Australia overwhelmed New Zealand to win the World Cup for a fifth time at a packed Melbourne Cricket Ground.

New Zealand lost influential captain Brendon McCullum to the fifth ball of the match and were bowled out for 183.

Grant Elliott resisted with 83, while Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson and James Faulkner shared eight wickets.

Australia rarely looked troubled, sealing a seven-wicket win in 33.1 overs, with captain Michael Clarke scoring 74 and Steve Smith 56 not out.

Full report to follow.

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