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Monday Mar 30 13:21 AEDT
Australian captain Michael Clarke holds aloft the World Cup trophy as teammates celebrate on the dias. (AFP)
Australia has claimed an emphatic victory over New Zealand to win its fifth World Cup and give retiring skipper Michael Clarke a perfect send-off.

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