Aussie ~~Square eyes~~ to fix World Cup rivals!

Published: Monday, October 30, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney:Whether they break the jinx and win their maiden Champions Trophy or not, Australia have already succeeded in another mission - of filming their potential World Cup rivals.

Aussie video analyst Richard McInnes has been busy filming other teams and prepare extensive video dossiers on every potential World Cup rivals and Kangaroo skipper Ricky Ponting said database footage would be distributed among his teammates before they head to Caribbean shores next April.

''We will all be given discs and we can go and look at basically anything we want to look at -- yourself facing any of the Indian bowlers or West Indian bowlers,'' Ponting was quoted as saying by >The Courier Mail.

''The same if you are a bowler, you can watch yourself bowling to every batsman and you can see the dismissals and plays and misses.

Whatever you want to look at, it's all there.

''All that stuff is great for us to have on hand,'' Ponting added.

Filming the teams in his hotel rooms, McInnes has been so busy monitoring the television that he has been named 'square eyes'.

''I praised him in our team meeting last night for being good enough to sit around in his little room all day capturing every ball that's been bowled since we've been here,'' Ponting said.

Ponting, meanwhile, claimed that the present team, barring injuries, leave little room for any tinkering ahead of the World Cup and was happy after twin experiments - using Glenn McGrath as change bowler and to open with allrounder Shane Watson - met with mixed success.

''I think the make-up of our team at the moment is pretty close to what it will be for the World Cup. I don't see there's going to be many, if any, changes to our squad. We've got lots of flexibility, we've got lots of experience and a little bit of youth around, which is obviously important going into World Cups.

''But the World Cup is a long way off yet and lots of things can happen. We could have lots of injuries through the summer and we could go to the World Cup with a completely different team and squad. We'll worry about that halfway through the VB series (this summer), not just yet,'' Ponting was quoted as saying by the Brisbane-based daily.


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