Australia could unleash pace quartet Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins on Bangladesh in Brisbane on Saturday but wicketkeeper Brad Haddin admits they are at the mercy of Tropical Cyclone Marcia.
Australia`s World Cup campaign as well as Michael Clarke`s long-awaited return could be blown off course by a tropical cyclone which threatens to dump 30cm of rain on Brisbane in the lead-up to Saturday`s clash with Bangladesh.
The return of regular Australia captain Michael Clarke for the second World Cup match against Bangladesh has the team`s "full support" even if it will be tough to change a winning side, fast bowler Mitchell Johnson said on Tuesday.
Australia's bowling coach Craig McDermott says in-form pacer Mitchell Starc must be consistent throughout the 44-day long Cricket World Cup to give co-hosts the best chance of winning the coveted title.
Michael Clarke may just meet the fitness deadline to lead the national team into the World Cup starting February 14, even as many Australia cricket officials are mulling appointing Steven Smith as full-time captain after the 50-over showpiece event.
Former India captain Rahul Dravid has expressed surprise at the inclusion of Michael Clarke in the Australian squad for the upcoming World Cup despite injury concerns, terming the decision of the selectors as "un-Australian".
The criticism they are facing notwithstanding, Australia's wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin said his team is quite comfortable playing a hard-nosed brand of cricket and would not be affected by the furore caused by David Warner's latest code-of-conduct offence.
South African cricket great Jacques Kallis said his Sydney Thunder teammate Gurinder Sandhu, who was drafted into Australia's One-Day International (ODI) squad for the tri-series against England and India, had proven he possessed the skills required to perform at the international level.
Former Black Caps captain Stephen Fleming Friday tipped joint hosts Australia and New Zealand to reach the final of the forthcoming 2015 World Cup, also identifying South Africa and the West Indies as the dark horses of the tournament.
Former Australia captain Michael Hussey said he was surprised by reports that just-retired Test captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni had suggested his name for the coach's job of Indian cricket team once Duncan Fletcher's contract expired at the end of World Cup 2015.
Considering the fact that Virat Kohli has slammed three centuries in the ongoing four-match series against Australia, there have been a lot of talks whether the mercurial right-hander should tone down his aggression, something which is known for.
Amid speculation that Steven Smith could get Australia's ODI captaincy, former skipper Ricky Ponting has backed George Bailey to do the job in the World Cup if Michael Clarke fails to recover from his injury.