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Take Australia lightly at your own risk: Gilchrist

Former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist warned everyone against ruling the kangaroos out of world cup contention saying Ricky Ponting’s team has the ability to raise themselves under pressure.

cricket Updated: Feb 03, 2011 00:32 IST
HT Correspondent

Former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist warned everyone against ruling the kangaroos out of world cup contention saying Ricky Ponting’s team has the ability to raise themselves under pressure.

The 39-year-old, who was interacting with media via a teleconference about the team building process undertaken by Kings XI Punjab, said Australia had an equal chance to win the world cup for the fourth time in a row and a lot would depend on how some of the key players recover from their injuries.

“There have been injury concerns earlier also but the Australian team had faced it accordingly. It depends on the team management what final combination they come out with. I hope that these players get fit before the World Cup,” added Gilchrist, who was a key member of the Australian side that have dominated the tournament since 1999.

Gilchrist also put his weight behind under pressure Ponting, who led the side to the championship crown in the last two editions.

“You can’t underestimate Ponting's abilities. He is such a wonderful player and leader. Ponting has captained the side in the previous two World Cups and he knows exactly what it takes to be at that level. He has been there. He is right candidate to lead the side.”

Looking back at the three world cup finals, Gilchrist felt that the 2003 summit clash with India was the most intense game he was involved in. “In 2003 the two best teams in the tournament got to the final. The same could be said about the 2007 final. In 1999, we probably weren’t the best team throughout the tournament, but we played a perfect final.

But the 2003 final had great focus since it involved India. And we all know how extreme the passion is even when India play outside home.”