Australia start favorites

Published on March 18, 2015 15:38:22 PM
Sports
Favourites Australia will look to go all guns blazing as they meet Bangladesh in a Pool A match of the cricket World Cup here on Saturday, with the threat of a washout looming large due to the Tropical Cyclone Marcia. Co-hosts Australia kicked off their campaign in style, defeating old enemies England by a comfortable margin of 111 runs, while Bangladesh managed to win their tournament opener after a few hiccups against spirited debutantes Afghanistan.
 
However, going into this match, four-time winners Australia, looking for their fifth world title, start as clear favourites against the Asian outfit that debuted in the World Cup in 1999. The good news for the hosts is that skipper Michael Clarke will play in the game having missed the England match after failing to shake-off the lingering after-effects of his long-term hamstring problems. The Gabba ground is readying itself for the cyclone to make its forecast way down the Queensland coast.

In a worrying build-up, the Australian team has been forced to hold training sessions indoors while the storm has left the four-time world champions scratching their heads over the potential make-up of their team.