Australia to field best team against underdogs Kenya

Updated: Mar 12, 2011, 19:20 PM IST

Bangalore: Four-time champions and title-holder Australia will field 11 of their best players against underdogs Kenya in a World Cup Group A match at the Chinnaswamy stadium on Sunday.

"All the 15 players are fit to play. We will choose the best 11 for an all-out win though we are playing against underdogs Kenya," Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting told reporters here on the eve of the match.

Returning to Bangalore a month after losing to India in a warm-up match here Feb 13, the Australian team is strengthened with the inclusion of dashing left-hander Mike Hussey in place of injured speedster Doug Bollinger.

"We would like to see Mike play if he pulls up well from training. If he is declared fit, we will include him, his brother David (Hussey) or Steven Smith may have to make place for him," Ponting hinted at a pre-match presser before joining the team for another practice session at the nets in the adjacent National Cricket Academy ground.

Though Mike was in the original 15-member squad for the World Cup, he pulled out at the last-minute due to a hamstring injury. When Bollinger was ruled out after an injury, he was called back last week to join the team.

"We had a good break after two easy matches and another got rained out (against Sri Lanka) in Colombo last week (March 5). The boys have been training hard for the big games ahead. We give our best regardless of whom we play against," Ponting asserted.

The Aussies have five points from three games, winning two against Zimbabwe and New Zealand and sharing a point with Sri Lanka in the washed out tie. After playing Canada here March 16, their last league encounter will be against Pakistan March 19 in Colombo.

Kenya play their fifth match after having lost all the four matches -- to New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Canada. Their last match is against Zimbabwe March 20 in Kolkata.

"With Mike`s skills and experience, it was important we got him back in the group. He`s the sort of player who can win you big games in big tournaments like the World Cup," said Ponting.

IANS