Home Soil An Advantage For Australia In 2015 World Cup

Explosive opener David Warner expects Australia will be suited by the conditions on home soil in the 2015 Cricket World Cup that begins next month.

Warner was one of five representatives that was present at the official announcement of Australia’s 2015 Cricket World Cup squad and he used the opportunity to indicate that he believes Australia will meet either England or South Africa in the final of the tournament.

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The 2011 World Cup was dominated by sides based in the sub-continent, with India beating Sri Lanka in the final of the tournament, but Warner said that he expects those sides to struggle on the bouncy pitches that he believes will be on display during the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

“I definitely think it’s the venues (that provide an advantage) because you look at the Gabba, the MCG and probably Sydney as well, the grounds’ square (boundaries) are big,” Warner said.

“So we can use our bounce and pace.

“When you’re playing in a country like India, the boundaries are quite small and as a batter I’m loving it there because you can go through with your shots and your top edges will go to the boundary, but here if you try to use the square boundaries to your advantage you’re going to get catches in the outfield.

“I don’t think there’s going to be easy sixes.

“The conditions, the carry, the bounce, the wickets are going to be very good; our curators in Australia are the best in the world and I think they will produce very good wickets for us.

“I really hope it’s either South Africa or England (that Australia play in the final).

“I think that would be a great tussle and the wickets (in Australia) suit all three countries and it would be a very good battle.”

Fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has quickly developed into a key member of the Australian One Day International team and the lanky New South Welshmen will be one of the spearheads of the Australian fast bowling attack that is arguably the most dangerous in the world.

Hazlewood is confident that the conditions in Australia will suit himself, as well as teammates Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson, and like Warner is expecting the likes of India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan to struggle.

“I think the sub-continent teams will struggle with the bounce; their conditions are a lot flatter and spin friendly and their games are quite high scoring over there,” Hazlewood said.

“We saw in that series against South Africa that the WACA  was quite quick and bouncy and the other wickets (in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra) were a little bit flatter, but still had decent carry.

“If they’re those sorts of wickets I think we have a good advantage.”

Australia is currently available at odds of $3.50 to win the 2015 World Cup and are clear favourites from South Africa ($5), India ($6), New Zealand ($7) and Sri Lanka ($9) in the betting market with Ladbrokes.com.au.

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