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Starc speeds away to award

At a World Cup dominated by batsmen and huge scores, it was an old-fashioned fast bowler who ultimately played the biggest role in Australia's success.

Mitchell Starc, whose devastating pace and movement troubled almost every batsmen who faced him, was named Player of the Tournament.

Glenn McGrath (2007) is the only other specialist bowler to have won the award, but Starc (above, right) was a popular choice after terrorising his opponents for the past six weeks.

"It's nice to see bat dominate ball every now and again," Starc said.

Although New Zealand opener Martin Guptill and Chris Gayle scored double centuries during the World Cup, Starc was an obvious choice for the Player of the Tournament award.

He took 22 wickets, equal best with New Zealand seamer Trent Boult, but at a far better average of 10.18.

Perhaps the left-armer's most telling contribution, however, came in the first over of the final when he clean bowled New Zealand's captain and most destructive batsman Brendon McCullum with a yorker. - Reuters.

It’s nice to see bat dominate ball every now and again.

— Cricket World Cup Player of the Tournament Mitchell Starc