Former Australian great Dean Jones feels that the defending champions India are going to have a tough time in Australia to retain the title as their batsmen lack the technique to score runs in the conventional Australian conditions. 

During an interview with PakPassion.net, Dean Jones quoted:

India is a question mark for me, their batsmen aren’t in great form, they don’t cope well with the swinging ball down south.

“It all depends on how well they play the Test matches [in Australia], funnily enough to me. If some of the Indian guys hit good form and play in Australia and get runs, then that’ll bleed into their One Day match performances. That is how I look at India’s chances.” 

But Jones has predicted South Africa to go the distance in the World Cup 2015 with the balanced line-up they possess. 

He said:

The favourite, without a doubt to me, are South Africa. They have got bowlers who can bowl at the top end, bowlers who can bowl in the middle and at the death but what sets them apart are the batsmen. Bowlers win you Test matches and batsmen win you one-day matches.

Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla look really strong and they can play on bouncy swinging pitches, where the two new white balls can get through players if they’ve got a bit of a weakness with their back foot defence.”

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