Australia must go for pace rather than spin in World Cup: Border

Monday, January 31, 2011

SYDNEY - Former Australian cricket captain and now Fox Sports cricket expert Allan Border believes that the best chance for his country to nail the ICC cricket World Cup for the third consecutive time rests with the fast bowling trio of Brett Lee, Shaun Tait and Mitchell Johnson, and not the spinners.

“We can win the World Cup, especially if our quick bowling stocks hit their straps. That’s what it is about, two, three or four guys peaking at the right time. Everybody says, ‘It’s India, you need spin’, but that’s not necessarily the case,” the Daily Telegraph quoted Border, as saying.

“If you start getting reverse swing and out-and-out pace, there are not a lot of people who enjoy facing that sort of bowling. I know the West Indies did well in India during the ’80s. If you’ve got good-quality fast bowling, you’re the side to beat,” he added.

“Brett Lee is bowling with good pace and getting back into some good rhythm, and he has the experience alone. I want to see Mitch and Taity, if they’re anywhere near their best, that’s a formidable attack. Throw in some part-timers and spinners, and that’s a good side,” Border said.

Border spent all day in the hot Blacktown sun overseeing the Sydney audition for Cricket Superstar, the new reality TV show which hopes to unearth the next Australia cricketer and will be shown on Fox 8 later this year.

Border said he had already identified some brilliant fast bowling talent at the West Australia auditions in Perth and Bunbury, and was delighted with his job to cull 100 kids to 15 in Sydney. (ANI)

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