Catch us if you can: Buchanan
John Buchanan insists his team has room for improvement after retaining the World Cup with a 125-run thrashing of India in a lop-sided final.Updated: Mar 24, 2003 14:15 IST
Australia coach John Buchanan insists his team has room for improvement after retaining the World Cup with a 125-run thrashing of India in a lop-sided final.
The Aussie mastermind issued a 'catch us if you can' challenge to the rest of world cricket after his side, commonly viewed as the best Test outfit around, stretched their world record run of consecutive one-day triumphs to 17.
Asked Monday if Australia - the first team to win three World Cups - could get better, Buchanan told reporters: "I really think we can work on all aspects of our game.
"You just have to look at the difference Mike Young (fielding coach) has made in a few months.
"If we were to sit back and say 'we've won back-to-back World Cups' we'd be doing a dis-service to ourselves and world cricket.
"If there is a gap, it's our job to extend that and hope other countries want to follow us."
Buchanan, who took over after the World Cup win in 1999, said there was no mystery to the way his side had taken the game to a new level.
"We do what everybody else does but more consistently and more often," he said.
Buchanan added other countries were tapping into Australia's expertise but whether they can emulate their state of mind is another matter.
Australia captain Ricky Ponting, whose unbeaten 140 was the cornerstone of their massive 359 for two - both World Cup final records - denied his side was arrogant.
"We don't think we're better than anybody else, we just play," Ponting said.
"They (India) are a very good side but we've beaten them comprehensively which suggests there might be a bit of a gap."
Before Sunday's brilliant win in the final at the Wanderers, the Australians had thrashed India by nine wickets in the preliminary game at Centurion on February 15.
Australia's current performances have started to earn comparison with the legendary Don Bradman's 1948 'Invincibles' who swept all before them on their tour of England.
But Ponting said he was unconcerned about any sort of nicknames applied to the present-day team. "I don't really care as long as it's nice."
He also insisted history played no part in his team's performances.
"We've just done it fairly quietly, going about our business," the under-stated skipper explained.
"Seventeen straight wins doesn't mean much. What does mean much is the standards we set for ourselves. They are high and we set new standards today."
First Published: Mar 24, 2003 12:53 IST