ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Australia marks out of 10
Australia have now won five World Cups with this latest victory © Getty Images

Australia won the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 by beating New Zealand by seven wickets in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Australia have now won five World Cups with this latest victory. Nishad Pai Vaidya rates the performance of each Australian player.

Mitchell Starc – 10/10

With 22 wickets at an average of 10.18, he deserved full marks for his performance. In this World Cup, he has shown why he is amongst the most dangerous limited overs bowler. Bowling at a good pace, Starc got enough movement and hit the right channels to dismiss batsmen almost at will. He very nearly pulled off a great victory over New Zealand in Auckland. However, his most important moment came in the final, when he dismissed Brendon McCullum in the first over to set the ball rolling.

Steven Smith – 8.5/10

The man in form continued to bat like a dream. Steve Smith has grown in stature over the last 12 months and this World Cup victory has further enhanced his reputation. He rose to the occasion when it mattered the most, smashing a century against India in the semi-final. Then, as Michael Clarke blazed away to glory, Smith kept his cool and finished the job in the World Cup final.

Glenn Maxwell – 8/10

The attacking Glenn Maxwell lived up to his reputation as one of the most feared batsmen in the world. In this tournament, he was at his fearless and inventive best. Those audacious sweeps and reverse-sweeps made their appearance as he finished with 324 runs at an average of 64.80. He finally broke the deadlock for the international ton as he got it against Sri Lanka.

Mitchell Johnson – 8/10

Mitchell Johnson may have been overshadowed by Starc but there is no denying the good work done by him. Again, he turned it on at the most crucial time, performing in the semi-final and the final, by taking crucial wickets in the middle.

James Faulkner – 8/10

James Faulkner came into the team later in the tournament after his injury issues were resolved. His bowling was good in the middle overs, with the back-of-the-hand slower balls being very deceptive. In the final, he troubled New Zealand after they had recovered and helped Australia bowl them out for a modest total.

Michael Clarke – 7.5/10

It was quite an emotional buildup to the World Cup for Clarke. His selection was criticised following those injury issues, but he led his team from the front with some attacking captaincy. His batting was iffy at times, but all is forgotten. He got an important fifty against Sri Lanka and then blazed away to 74 during the run-chase in the final against New Zealand to bid farewell to One-Day Internationals (ODIs).

David Warner – 7.5/10

David Warner gave the team good starts on more than an occasion, although he did not get too many big scores. His ton against Afghanistan was dominant. In the final, he got an important 45 to soothe the early nerves.

Josh Hazlewood – 7.5/10

Through the World Cup, Australia were a bit unsure over whether to play Hazlewood or Cummins. In the end, Hazlewood came through to form a good partnership with Starc. He was incisive at the beginning and maintained the pressure created by Starc.

Brad Haddin – 7/10

Did not have much to do with the bat, but was as attacking as it was needed down the order. With the gloves in hand, he was as dependable as ever, taking 16 catches in the tournament.

Shane Watson – 6.5/10

Watson was also criticised for getting those attractive starts and failing to convert them. However, he finished the tournament with decent figures. The fifty against Pakistan in the quarterfinal was a very important knock, where luck played its part but he weathered the storm to make it through.

Aaron Finch – 6/10

Aaron Finch started the tournament on a high with a fantastic hundred to put Australia on course. However, his form dipped and he was criticised for it. He then bounced back with a calm 81 in the semi-final.

George Bailey – 6/10

George Bailey captained Australia in the first game, which remained his only appearance in the tournament. Clarke’s return saw him out of the side, but that innings of 55 in the first match was important and Bailey was unlucky to keep his spot.

Pat Cummins – 5.5/10

Pat Cummins got only two matches in the tournament but finished with five wickets at an average of 16.00. However, he was expensive and Hazlewood usurped his spot.

Mitchell Marsh – 5/10

Only three appearances for the all-rounder and he didn’t do much with the bat. He did get a five-wicket haul in the first game. Once Faulkner was fit, it was tough for him to keep his spot.

Xavier Doherty – 2/10

Australia did not use their only specialist spinner, apart from the game against Sri Lanka. Xavier Doherty had a forgettable outing in his only World Cup game and had little part to play in the campaign.

(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_45)