MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Fast bowler Tim Southee says that after reaching the Cricket World Cup final for the first time and with its most well-rounded limited-overs team ever assembled, New Zealand is ready for "one more big push" to beat Australia and to write a new chapter in its history.
Southee said New Zealand had allowed itself a day to celebrate the dramatic semifinal win over South Africa which carried it into Sunday's final in Melbourne, had now "parked" the memory of that match.
He said playing in a World Cup final, particularly against Australia in Australia, was a "dream come true."
"As a kid growing up you either wanted to be an All Black or a Black Cap and this is as good as it gets. I'm sure the guys are very excited to fulfill a childhood dream."