Australia's triumphant cricketers arrived home on Thursday with the World Cup safely tucked under their arms after their victory in the West Indies and another big day of celebrations awaiting them.
Captain Ricky Ponting and his squad were greeted by family, friends and a large media scrum when they touched down at Sydney Airport around dawn following the long-haul flight from the Caribbean.
The team were due to head to the Sydney Cricket Ground for a celebratory breakfast before a public reception in the central business district at noon.
Australia won the World Cup for the fourth time, and third in a row, with victory against Sri Lanka in Sunday's final in Barbados.
The game was marked by a shambolic ending when the umpires mistakenly called the players back to contest the last three overs when the match should have already been declared finished.Read more