Since the World Cup switched to a 50 over format in 1987, Australia (in 2015) was the only team to have won it without a batsman from the winning team featuring in the top 3 run scorers for the competition.

In fact, Australia didn't have anyone in the top 5  (Steve Smith was best with 402 runs to be 6th overall).

Previous winners from 1987 to 2011 all head at least one batsman who featured in the top 3 for the tournament.


Australia's punt on Shaun Tait paid dividends at the 2007 World Cup. 

Leading into the tournament, 'The Wild Thing' had only played 4 one day internationals for the less than flattering return of 5 wickets at 43.60. Coceeding 5.58 runs per over in the process.

Tait had an excellent World Cup, and finished equal second leading wicket taker (with Murali) with 23 scalps. Just behind fellow fast bowler Glenn McGrath who took 26.

His 3/32 against NZ in the super 8s, plus his 4/39 against South Africa in the semi final helped Australia go through to the final and ultimately a World Cup win.

More than half of the 35 one day internationals Tait played (18 matches) were World Cup matches. He took 11 wickets at 24.00 in 2011 to have 34 World Cup wickets altogether. More than greats like Shane Warne, Courtney Walsh and Kapil Dev.