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India can’t defend the World Cup, says David Warner 

Australian opener David Warner has boldly predicted that India will struggle and the Aussies will go all the way in the 2015 World Cup. He also clearly mentioned that “2011 World Cup winners, India, will not be able to defend their crown in this edition. Australia could meet either South Africa or England in the final.”

Warner believes that the pitches rolled out during the Test series will be different during the tournament and added the extra pace and bounce on the wickets will benefit the hosts immensely.

“I definitely think it’s the venues (that provide an advantage) because you look at the Gabba, the MCG and probably Sydney as well, the grounds’ square (boundaries) are big. So we can use our bounce and pace. When you’re playing in a country like India, the boundaries are quite small, and as a batter I’m loving it there because you can go through with your shots and your top edges will go to the boundary. The conditions, the carry, the bounce, the wickets are going to be very good, our curators in Australia are the best in the world and I think they will produce very good wickets for us. Australia facing South Africa will be wonderful to watch as both teams are evenly matched.” he said. 

Josh Hazlewood, who troubled India with some brilliant bowling has backed Warner’s sentiments and said sub-continental teams like India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will struggle in the extravaganza.

“I think the sub-continent teams will struggle with the bounce, their conditions are a lot flatter and spin friendly and their games are quite high scoring over there. So I think bounce is the key. It’s the thing I look for against those sub-continent teams. We saw in series against South Africa that the WACA was quite quick and bouncy and the other wickets (in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra) were flat decks but still had decent carry. So if they’re those sorts of wickets I think we have a good advantage,” Hazlewood added.

Warner, who scored 427 runs at an average of 53.37 in the recent Test series against India, will be playing his first World Cup along with Josh Hazlewood among the 10 World Cup rookies in the Aussie squad.

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