Steve Waugh says he wouldn't like to play against this team

Steve Waugh has warned Australia that the West Indies array of strokemakers and aggressive bowlers will pose the first serious threat to the World Cup holders.

Pitch 6, or the record pitch, as it's often called after England's 481 in last year's ODI against Australia.

"We talked this morning about how we've probably spent months thinking and playing against spin bowling", coach Justin Langer said. "I think whether we bat first or if we chase, we've got to show intent", Holder said.

"We believe in the dressing room that this is our best chance in the last 40 years for us to win the competition".

"We've got a couple of really good bowlers up front so it will be a good contest".

It will be the second match for the West Indies at the irregular-shaped Trent Bridge cricket ground, where they scored an emphatic seven wicket-win over Pakistan in their tournament opener.

"If it´s a situation where we feel a batsman may be susceptible to the short ball, then we´re going to use it", he said.

"I always back the guys to go with their strengths first, no matter the dimensions of the ground". If that bouncer can get into their head and allow our other four balls in that over to be perfectly executed or you know give us a bigger margin for error then ideal.

The temptation to stick with the same XI will surely be strong but with their next opponents being drummed out for just 105 by a barrage of short, sharp bowling by the Caribbean quicks in their opening clash at Trent Bridge, Wood becomes an appealing option. I think we´ve just got to hone in on our skills.

"We are not anxious about them, we're just focussed on our game", Reifer said on Monday.

Raina is confident that if India can gain some extra bit of momentum in their opening fixtures of the marquee event, then there is no possibility of arch-rivals, Pakistan outclassing them.

"Every game there are thoughts about playing Nathan Lyon but Adam Zampa is doing a really good job for us", Langer added. Optimistic parallels are being drawn with the 1992 World Cup, which also started on the sour note of Pakistan's ten-wicket loss to the West Indies, being shot out for their lowest World Cup score (74) by England, and still emerging as world champions. Tomorrow is our country versus Australia.

"We may get early wickets, we may not".

I listened to Eoin Morgan's interview after the game and he said it's very unlikely any team is going to go unbeaten in the competition although obviously it wasn't ideal to lose.

"Virat Kohli is the key player of this World Cup and apart from him Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni), I think his role will be crucial for this world cup he has done a lot for Indian cricket and he is the most experienced player of the squad", he said. That's our rule. We want to execute in all three departments.

I still expect large scores to be the norm purely because of the fast outfields, high quality bats, small boundaries and the physiques of the modern-day players but high-class bowling can and still win matches in pressure situations. We're up for the challenge.

"I think it (drafting Wood) will be discussed, to be honest".

  • Julie Sanders