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Host nations hit top gear ahead of ICC World Cup 2015

New Delhi: Australia and New Zealand are not only set to host the ICC World Cup 2015, but are also geared up to grab the opportunity with both hands to lift the coveted trophy.

Preparations in both the camps are on track and they are looking well balanced. And if we go by their recent forms in the ODIs, they are ready to take up any challenge.

Australia, the most successful team in the history of cricket World Cup, are playing a warm up tri-series where they sealed the final spot quite comfortably by winning three consecutive matches in the series, which also features India and England.

Most of their key players are in top form. Aussie openers – Aaron Finch and David Warner – are in red-hot form, whereas Steven Smith, James Faulkner and Bard Haddin are also contributing at crucial junctures.

Mitchell Starc has regained his lost form at the right time, whereas their pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson is set to make a comeback in the final of the tri-series on Sunday, against England.

Even in the absence of regular skipper Michael Clarke and out of sorts Glenn Maxwell and Shane Watson, Australia are looking solid to win their fifth World Cup.

On the other hand, Black Caps would be hoping to win their maiden World Cup title this time around. Like Australia, New Zealand too are looking confident ahead of the marquee event. They have comprehensively beaten Sri Lanka 4-2 in the recent concluded seven-match ODI series.

Then, they registered a thumping win over Pakistan on Saturday in the opening game of a two-match series.

Under the captaincy of Brendon McCullum they can create history. If their batting line-up is studded with star performers like McCullum, Kane Williamson, Corey Anderson, Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill; then they also have a formidable bowling line-up.

Skipper McCullum has bowlers like Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Daniel Vettori, Kyle Mills and Grant Elliott at his disposal, who can win matches with the ball.

With home advantage on their side, these in-form hosts have become serious contenders to lift the World Cup trophy.  

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