With Australian pacers gearing up to take on a formidable Indian batting line up in the World Cup semi-final, former captain Ian Chappell says home attack is not completely balanced as they lack a top class spinner.
Australia captain Michael Clarke will approach Friday`s World Cup quarter-final against Pakistan like a final, saying he expected a "tough challenge" from Misbah-ul-Haq`s men in the make-or-break game.
Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins sustained a minor injury in the loss to New Zealand at the weekend but all-rounder James Faulkner is close to a return for the World Cup co-hosts after recovering from a side strain.
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.
India's preparations for the cricket World Cup suffered a jolt as Australia thrashed the defending champions by 106 runs with Glenn Maxwell and David Warner striking blistering centuries in their first warm-up game here today.
Former Australian pacer Brett Lee equated his country's pace attack for the upcoming Cricket World Cup at home to the "biggest wolf pack" he has ever seen, claiming that it poses a serious threat to the rival teams in the mega-event beginning February 14.
With the World Cup in the back of their minds, favourites Australia and England will lock horns in the opening match of the ODI cricket tri-series here on Friday, looking to test their squads one last time in the final lead-up to next month's mega-event.
Josh Hazlewood had to wait a while for his test debut but no one can accuse him of wasting his chance when it came after he became the 33rd Australian to take a five-wicket haul on debut in the second test against India on Thursday.