'Australia will come back strongly in World Cup'
Sri Lankan coach Tom Moody believes that Australia will bounce back with vigour after their shock loss to England in the tri-series finals.india Updated: Feb 13, 2007 19:57 IST
Sri Lankan coach Tom Moody believes that Australia would regroup after their shock loss to England in the tri-series finals and come back with renewed vigour to mount a tough challenge in the World Cup.
"World Cup is a completely different tournament. Obviously England did very well to come back (and win the tri-series in Australia", Moody said.
"Australia have lost a bit of momentum in their home series but have another series against New Zealand before the World Cup. I am sure they will refocus and be a tough challenge come the World Cup. Quality players wherever they come from the world don't lose their skills overnight," Moody, a 1999 Australian World Cup team member, said.
On the third one-dayer against India, Moody said his team was pretty relaxed and in control from the beginning of the four-match series.
He said the naming of the Sri Lankan World Cup squad yesterday made no difference to the team's outlook.
"We have been pretty well relaxed from the word go. There's always going to be a difficult decision for a couple of players. As we said a week ago we were pretty sure of 14 places and it was just making the final decision for the 15th slot."
"We have been planning our squad for a number of months now. It has not come together overnight but over six to 12 months period. That's why we are pretty relaxed and in control leading into this series," the Lankan coach said.