Hope to give Australia a good fight: Waters

Bangalore: Bruised and battered by their opponents in the ongoing World Cup, Kenya opener Seren Waters is hoping that his team would give a good account of itself when it meets Australia in a group A clash here on Sunday.

"Against the few Test nations that we have played so far, we didn`t come close to giving them a game. So we would hope to give Australia a good game. Winning is probably something we would dream about but giving a good game would be our target," Waters told reporters here on Friday.

The 21-year-old admitted that he`s never faced a bowling attack as fearsome as Australia`s and said that it would be a challenge to stand up to the likes of Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson and Shaun Tait.

"Australia has got three of the quickest bowlers and it`s going to be a hell of an experience. Facing three bowlers who can bowl 150 kph consistently is something most of us have not done before," Waters said.

"There`s no attack in the world which can be compared with that. It`s going to be hell lot of an experience. All of us have faced bowlers we have never faced before. Lasith Malinga is unique and so is (Muttiah) Muralitharan."

"We are very excited. Since my childhood, they have been the best side in the world. So playing them in the World Cup is pretty special."

Waters said that his team could have done better in the tournament. "We haven`t played the kind of cricket we ought to have played throughout the tournament. But we have improved a bit. We have underachieved but we are looking forward to a couple of good performances in the last few games," he said.

The Kenya players in the current squad are aware that this could be their last World Cup as the ICC has decided to trim the number of teams from the next edition.

"With the new format which cuts it down to 10 teams, the qualification is not going to be easy at all. Lot of players are conscious of the fact that this could be potentially the last World Cup for many of us. Hopefully, that is not the case.”

"All of us strongly believe that the associates should be included in the World Cup in order to spread cricket, which the ICC actually want to do," Waters said.

He pointed out that they benifitted from Jonty Rhodes` brief stint with the team. "Jonty was amazing. The energy and enthusiasm he brought was incredible. He obviously expects high standards in the field. His presence during the training sessions brought so much energy. He doesn`t put pressure on you. He realises that different people field differently and someone is better than the other."

PTI

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