~~Australia best ODI team; World Cup wide open~~

Published: Tuesday, March 26, 2002, 1:07 [IST]
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Lahore: Former Pakistan cricket captain Imran Khan on Monday said that Australia was the best One-day side at the moment, but Former pakistan Captain Imran Khannext year's World Cup in South Africa was still wide open. "Australia is a cut above the rest, but except for 1979 no favourite team has ever won the World Cup, so it will be a wide open tournament in South Africa," said Khan, who moved into politics after his retirement in the early 1990s. "Australia does remain the top team, yet any other team can lift the cup." The cricketing legend was speaking on the 10th anniversary of Pakistan's only World Cup triumph in Australia in 1992. Australia on Sunday took a 2-0 lead in the seven-match One-day series underway against hosts South Africa. "The standard of teams is not the same as it was in 1992. I think motivation and self belief would be the key to success," Khan said. The former all-rounder said Pakistan at the moment lacked consistency. "The current team is not performing consistently and the lacks fighting qualities that we had in 1992," he said. "I feel its time to stop experimentation and selectors must finalise a pool of 15 players and let the team settle."

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