Oz doing things too easily in WC group stage
Sydney: Former Australian cricketer Ian Chappell reckons that the Ricky Ponting-led team’s path through the World Cup group stage is proving too easy, depriving them of solid hit-outs needed before a knockout clash.
Australia had recorded comfortable wins over Zimbabwe and New Zealand, while their game against Sri Lanka was abandoned due to rain.
The defending champions will now face Kenya on Sunday before meeting Canada three days later.
Chappell believes that Australia’s final Group A clash against Pakistan on March 19 will be crucial.
He highlighted that England and South Africa have suffered defeats, while India played a tie with England.
“It doesn’t hurt you to go through one or two of those in the lead-up to the knockout stage. They looked as though they were going to have a tough encounter against Sri Lanka, but then the rain came and ruined that,” the Herald Sun quoted Chappell, as saying.
“You need to have two or three tough challenges. They’re now really relying on the game against Pakistan to be a bit of a test for them, before they go into the quarter-finals. I think that’s a bit of a problem for Australia,” he added.