Black Caps silent on Cup final sledging

Daniel Gilhooly
The Aussies give Grant Elliott a send-off. Source: Getty

New Zealand have side-stepped the sledging issue despite being on the receiving end of some lively Australian chatter during the World Cup final.

Several Black Caps batsmen were delivered parting messages when dismissed - most notably Martin Guptill, Grant Elliott and Daniel Vettori.

Top-scorer Elliott had a running battle with Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin throughout his game-high innings of 83.

It attracted criticism from Black Caps supporters on social media, who praised New Zealand for never employing the same methods during the tournament.

Sledging has become a touchy subject in Australia, particularly following some heated Test and one-day international clashes between the hosts and India this summer.

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum was reluctant to fan the flames following the final.

"Send-offs are send-offs, it's not something we are necessarily concerned about," he said.

"The focus should be on how well Australia played and how much they deserved this victory rather than any minor issues on the way through. I don't want to go too deep into that."

Australia captain Michael Clarke dead-batted the issue after the match.

"I can't remember a player getting a send-off," he said.

"I don't think there was anything that was below the belt, as to say."