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Warne continues to back his team for title

india Updated: Mar 14, 2007 03:19 IST
World Cup 2007

Australia's sudden dip in form going into the World Cup may have warmed the hearts of its opponents, but their one-time magician Shane Warne has drawn positives from the recent streak of losses, and backs the baggy greens to complete the hat-trick of triumphs.

Warne, who recently announced his retirement from international cricket, said the fact that Australia managed to pile up huge scores without their frontline batsmen playing speaks volumes about the depth of the side. "Despite missing Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke and Andrew Symonds, they still posted scores above 300," Warne said, gleaning positives from Australia's recent run of five straight losses to England and New Zealand.

"No other side has the depth to build totals like that when four of the usual top five are out. Whatever results suggest, I don't see any huge issues for the next seven weeks," Warne was qouted as saying in The Age.

"The conditions will suit them and they have all bases covered. After 1999 and 2003 they have a great chance of completing the hat-trick," he further said. Warne also backed Stuart Clark to open the bowling with Glenn McGrath in absence of Brett Lee.

"People can say they are a bit predictable. I just think they (McGrath and Clark) are the best two fast bowlers in the world at the moment."

Warne missed his chance to win a second World Cup when a doping offence on the eve of the 2003 tournament led to a 12-month ban. "There is no better opportunity than the World Cup to show what you can do and the way pitches are turning in the Caribbean at the moment I half wish I was out there. Only joking," he said.