Invincible Aussies will lift World Cup: Mark Waugh

Published: Monday, January 15, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney:It's still two months to go before the first ball in the World Cup is bowled but Mark Waugh can already see the Australians in the finals as, according to him, no other team has the depth to prevent the Aussies from winning the coveted title for a record third time in a row.

Writing in his column for the Sydney Morning Herald, Waugh said most of the teams rely too heavily on certain individuals, which is not the case with the Aussies.

I'm saying the Aussies will make the final and I don't know how anyone could argue the point. In the four years since Ricky Ponting guided Australia to victory in South Africa, they have grown stronger while the rest of the world has stagnated or been left behind,'' Waugh wrote.

''...the other countries are relying on old warriors to spearhead their campaigns. South Africa, for instance, look to Shaun Pollock, New Zealand rely on Stephen Fleming, Brian Lara is vital to the West Indies and Sanath Jayasuriya is helping to prop up the Sri Lankans.

They all lack the depth Australia boast,'' he added.

The twin brother of former captain Steve Waugh also felt that the Australian selectors will have tough time picking the final XI from the preliminary squad as all the players were good enough to be in the playing team.

''The biggest challenge for the Australian selectors before the ICC World Cup is to name the 11 players who'll play in the final."

Waugh goes to the extent of naming his playing XI for the final, which surprisingly leaves out Stuart Clark for Nathan Bracken and also omits all-rounder Shane Watson.


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