Two-time World Cup winning captain Ricky Ponting said Saturday that an India-Australia clash will serve up as an ideal final for the 2015 World Cup to be held in his country and New Zealand from Feb 14 to Mar 29.
Former India captain Rahul Dravid paid glowing tributes to his one time contemporary and powerful Australian opener Matthew Hayden terming him as one player, who was equally adept on bouncy pitches of Australia as well as the turners in the sub-continent.
Adjusting to the conditions and improvising quickly to challenging situations would be the key to India's success in what promises to be a tough tour Down Under come December, feels former Australia pacer Michael Kasprowicz.
India`s tour of Australia might be over three months away but mind games have already started with pacer Ryan Harris saying they will not tone down their aggression and the Indians may face a brutal summer from fellow fast bowler Mitchell Johnson.
Buoyed by their triumph over Malaysia, India would face their toughest challenge so far when they take on unbeaten reigning champions Australia in their final preliminary game of the hockey World Cup here tomorrow.
On a roll after completing a hat-trick of victories, title contenders India would look to continue with their winning ways in the ongoing ICC World T20 when they meet a struggling Australian team in their last group league encounter here tomorrow.
Smiling ear to ear after becoming only the third cricketer ever to smash an ODI double hundred, Indian batsman Rohit Sharma said he went in with the intent to "play big" and successfully executed the plan on the small ground.