Cricket: Kiwis not intimidated by size of Melbourne venue in World Cup final

MELBOURNE (AFP) - New Zealand seamer Tim Southee believes the Black Caps have the experience and firepower to topple Australia in Sunday's World Cup final in Melbourne.

He said the Black Caps were relishing the opportunity of playing in their maiden World Cup final - a match that will also mark New Zealand's first appearance at the vast Melbourne Cricket Ground in six years.

New Zealand are the form side of the tournament having won all eight of their matches, including two dramatic clashes in Auckland - a one-wicket win over Australia in the pool phase and Tuesday's semi-final defeat of South Africa.

Australia captain Michael Clarke reckons his side's knowledge of playing at the MCG will be a major factor in the final as the home team chase a fifth World Cup title following their 95-run semi-final victory over defending champions India.

But Southee told reporters at the MCG on Friday: "We are not too worried about the size of the ground.

"It's a dream come true for all the guys. This is as good as it gets, taking on Australia in Australia on one of the best cricket grounds in the world."

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