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IPL will help teams at WC: Marsh

cricket Updated: Dec 18, 2010 00:55 IST
Shalabh Manocha
Shalabh Manocha
Hindustan Times
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With just a couple of months to go for the World Cup in the sub continent, former Australian opener Geoff Marsh feels though India are the favourites the Indian Premier League has given opportunities for many foreign players who could help their national team win as they know the conditions here.

“India will always have the home advantage during the World Cup but with IPL around many foreign players playing in the tournament could also act as match winners for their national sides as they have the experience of playing here, “said Marsh, in the capital to spot players for the new IPL franchise Sahara Pune Warriors, who have appointed him coach.

Marsh, who was present at the Mumbai-Delhi Ranji Trophy match, however refused to pin point any particular player whom his franchise was interested in. On Australia not being the team it was, Marsh felt they will take some more time to be what they were before the retirement of greats likes Glen McGrath, Shane Warne and Brett Lee.

The improvement of other teams also made Australia looked a little less dominating, he said. “Others teams have improved in a big way. A side like Bangladesh has done well to beat a team like New Zealand comprehensively. The gap between teams have reduced and this is good for cricket,” said Marsh.

Marsh feels Mitchell Johnson has it in him to be the next great Aussie bowler.