Greg Baum In a corner of the glowing image of Australia's World Cup triumph is a blot that no amount of rubbing ever will remove.
Greg Baum The World Cup final was over almost the instant it began.
Greg Baum The World Cup was a global affair with many weighty geopolitical overtones, but the final will be between kissing cousins.
Greg Baum Three-quarters of an hour after hitting the shot that went around the cricket world, Grant Elliott was still recollecting his thoughts about that final over.
Greg Baum After victory over South Africa in four dramatic acts, New Zealand are in the World Cup final for the first time.
Greg Baum History says this is the resistible force versus the movable object. Between them, New Zealand and South Africa have played in nine World Cup semi-finals and won none.
Greg Baum In the image of Martin Guptill at the crease in Wellington on Saturday, New Zealand are on a roll. They have won all seven of their World Cup games, won their last nine one-dayers, 10 if you include...
Greg Baum Counter-intuitive as it is, this account must begin with Marlon Samuels. It was he who – dozy as if still on his deckchair in Jamaica – dropped Martin Guptill at square leg from the third...
Greg Baum One of the stranger sights of this World Cup was a pair of Bangladeshi slips. In a simplified history of that country's cricket, a slip is what sometimes happens when turning for two.
Greg Baum The World Cup, even more clearly than before, is Australia's to lose.
Greg Baum Ideally, Australia would have batted rather than bowled, for their own sake and that of the chirrupy Bellerive Oval crowd.
Greg Baum While precariously employed England coach Peter Moores goes to the data to determine where his team lost their way in this World Cup, everyone else is crunching the numbers to see how their team...
Greg Baum Somewhere in our midst, catching our eye every distant now and then, a cricket World Cup is taking place.
Greg Baum Rookie Irish off-spinner Andy McBrine bowled what is likely to remain the over of a lifetime against South Africa.
Greg Baum The way to succeed in this World Cup is patent: bat first, make at least 300, or lose.
Greg Baum Colloquially, the arena is called the Cake Tin. Aesthetically, it resembles the amphitheatre in the Monty Python spoof The Life Of Brian, which was not entirely inappropriate this day.
Greg Baum The misshapen ground of a thousand theoretical runs became the ground of mishaps and almost the full quota of wickets.
Greg Baum Hell, Australia need to play this game. Any game. A game of cricket, please.
Greg Baum Whether you're Mahela Jayawardene or Kumar Sangakkara, you wake up each day, perhaps a little more creakily than yesterday, now that you're 37.
Greg Baum Inventing day-night cricket was one thing for Kerry Packer, apportioning how much would be day and how much night was another.