AUSTRALIA’S aggressive approach with bat and ball will prove too difficult for “little brother” New Zealand to handle in the World Cup final, writes Ian Chappell.

    IT may be a Cricket World Cup final but Richard Hinds still attempts to move the sledging of New Zealand beyond those childish sheep jokes.

    BEFORE he scaled the dizzy heights of world cricket, Brendon McCullum was jumping the fence of the Forbury Park trotting track in the tough streets of South Dunedin.

    NEW Zealand is awash with emotion ahead of the World Cup final. Babies names, Martin Crowe and Michael Clarke’s retirement are all centre of attention.

    MICHAEL Clarke exclusive column: These are the reasons the World Cup final against New Zealand will be my last ODI.

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    AFL Round 18 - Hawthorn v Sydney Swans

    Jul 26, 2014

    Event: AFL Round 18
    Teams: Hawthorn v Sydney Swans
    Date: Saturday July 26, 2014
    Start time: 7.40pm

    Gate opening:
    Public/AFL members: 6.00pm
    MCC members: 5.30pm

    Car park opening:
    Gate 3: 1.30pm
    Gate 5: 3.00pm
    Gate 6: 4.00pm
    Gate 7: 11.00am (pass holders only)

    Expected attendance: 63,000

    General admission seating:

    Great Southern Stand
    Q1-Q10

    Ponsford Stand
    Q29-Q36

    Cheersquad allocation:
    Hawthorn - Bay M3 (Rows A-R)
    Sydney Swans - Bay M33 (Rows A-Q)

    Tickets: Reserved seats on sale now at Ticketek

    Prices:




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