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Australia (AUS) take on New Zealand (NZ) in the final of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 tournament at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday. Devarchit Varma lists the key clashes to watch out for in the big game.

So, the two best teams in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 have made it to the final and will be battling it out for the one final time this season for the title win. Both Australia and New Zealand have the firepower to match each other, and if their key players come to the party then it is going to be a thrilling contest between the Trans-Tasman rivals. PREVIEW: Australia (AUS) vs New Zealand (NZ) ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 FINAL

The Australia versus New Zealand World Cup final will also be a huge emotional affair, with the Australians aiming to give Michael Clarke a fitting farewell to his One-Day International (ODI) career, and New Zealand winning it for their former captain Martin Crowe and veteran Daniel Vettori. SCORECARD: ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Final Australia (AUS) vs New Zealand (NZ) at Melbourne

Both Australia and New Zealand have seen some tremendous performances coming from their top players; others have also chipped in with crucial knocks to win matches for their teams. Grant Elliott is a perfect example of the latter group: he had an ordinary World Cup 2015 till the semi-final, but chipped in almost out of nowhere with an unbeaten 84 to smash the South African dreams. Let us take a look at the key cricketers from both teams:

Steven Smith vs Trent Boult: Clearly the battle will be between Australia’s best batsman of recent times and New Zealand’s best bowler. Both Smith and Boult are in their prime form, with Smith scoring runs almost every time when he is coming out to bat and Boult bowling his heart out. While Smith may not be among the leading run-scorer in 2015 World Cup, Boult has been the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 21 scalps to his credit. Smith may sneak ahead in the battle as he will be playing in conditions that he is well aware of, compared to Boult who would not have the assistance of the movement he generated in all the matches at home. Boult was Australia’s wrecker-in-chief last time and he will certainly want to repeat. New Zealand fans expected to flock MCG in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 final

Daniel Vettori vs Michael Clarke and Glenn Maxwell: “Dan the Man” Vettori and Clarke will both be raring to go as their illustrious One-Day International (ODI) careers reach their ends. Vettori has provided another dimension to the New Zealand bowling attack: whenever they have failed to stem the flow of runs, he has been summoned. Remember the league match between the two sides? It was Vettori’s spell that not only put the brakes on Australian batsmen, but ended up turning the course of the match. To tackle Vettori, Australia will need Clarke and Maxwell, who can actually derail the New Zealand’s veteran. While Clarke is an excellent player of spin, Maxwell has the habit of taking the attack to the opposition and also playing out the spinners well. STATS PREVIEW: Australia (AUS) vs New Zealand (NZ) ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 FINAL

Tim Southee vs Shane Watson: There is not much assurance of seam movement or swing, but if in case there is some, Southee will certainly make life miserable for someone like Watson. Watson has been among the run-scorers and has looked determine to help his team whenever needed. On the other hand, Southee has been a little quiet since the seven-wicket haul against England. Both Watson and Southee have been on and off in this World Cup, but with their experience and firepower, their respective teams Australia and New Zealand can dream big. New Zealand train hard ahead of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 final

Brendon McCullum vs Mitchell Starc: Another battle between the best. McCullum has lead New Zealand in a manner which only a handful have in the past few years, and their domination has also been due to the fact that “ Baz” has fired more often than not. McCullum has scored four half-centuries so far, blowing away the best of the bowling attacks and providing New Zealand rollicking starts on many occasions. McCullum has no fear against Mitchell Johnson, a man who he had blasted in their Pool A match, coming down the track many times. On the other hand, Starc has been a revelation for Australia with 20 wickets in seven matches so far in the World Cup. Starc is behind only Boult on the wickets tally in this World Cup and would want to go past his New Zealand counterpart. An important feature in Starc’s bowling has been the angle which he creates against right-handers from around the wicket, and it will not be surprising to see the left-arm bowler attacking McCullum right from the word go.

Kane Williamson vs Josh Hazlewood: You can term it the ‘battle of silent warriors’. Both Williamson and Hazlewood have a lot of calmness surrounding them, and are both blessed with tremendous abilities. Williamson is a vital cog in the New Zealand batting line-up, and there will be pressure on him ahead of the big game — given that he has scored only one half-century in the tournament. He will draw confidence from his fighting 45 not out against Australia earlier. On the other hand, Hazlewood was among the pick of the bowlers for Australia with impressive bowling against Pakistan and India. Hazlewood has the ability to keep the best of the batsmen quiet pick wickets at the same time.

Martin Guptill vs Mitchell Johnson: Guptill is another danger for Australia in the final and they would like to unleash the pace and bounce that Johnson generates. Guptill forms a crucial opening partnership with McCullum and Australian bowlers will be keen to have a go against the top two performers in the New Zealand line-up. Johnson will be crucial to tackle Guptill, given that McCullum can be unstoppable when he gets going, and Johnson, coming on first change in the bowling, trying to put pressure from the other end.

Corey Anderson vs James Faulkner: On their days, both Anderson and Faulkner can win matches single-handedly for their sides. While Anderson has the knack of picking up regular wickets, Faulkner is extremely dangerous with the variation that he has in his bowling. Anderson was involved in a crucial century partnership with Grant Elliott in the last game and would like to keep up the good work for New Zealand. Both men bat down the order and can be crucial for their sides, allowing them to score those extra 25-30 runs.

(Devarchit Varma is a reporter with CricketCountry. He can be followed on Twitter @Devarchit)