ICC World Cup 2015: Australia favourites against India, says Matthew Hayden

Shashi / 25 March 2015

Ahead of the high- voltage International Cricket Council World Cup semis clash between India and Australia, on Wednesday former dynamic Australian opening batsman Matthew Hayden was confident that the co-hosts will beat India to enter the finale.

On Wednesday Matthew Hayden, member of Australia’s World Cup winning teams in 2003 and 2007, told news.com.au that he thinks Australia will defeat India.

The 43 years old said India’s two spin bowlers Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin will play a big role on Thursday considering the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) wicket which might help the spin bowlers.

Hayden told that he has been impressed with the Indian bowling line-up. They are especially strong in the spin domain with Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin and those two could be the key to the match.

The left-handed Australian devastative batsman also emphasized that although Indian pacer bowlers have been bowling quiet well, they have not been exposed in the earlier games and they will be against Australia.

Hayden said that while Australian pace battery has been performing praiseworthy during the ICC World Cup, they have not been exposed and he thinks they will be against Australia. He also added that Suresh Raina and Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will play a big part in the match and can be dangerous.

He said that with the willow he can see Suresh Raina and Mahendra Singh Dhoni playing a major part. Even if Australia takes quick wickets at the start of the match these two player can be very dangerous. The conditions will suit them.

When Hayden was asked about India’s overall performance in the ICC World Cup, he replied that it is hard to get a read on India’s performance in the group level because he does not think they were really tested. The South Africa match did not really go down to the wire and they got the South Africa on a really bad day.


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