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Australia the team to beat at World Cup: Michael Vaughan

Australia also returned to the top of the ODI Team Rankings, displacing India, after beating South Africa.

IANS |November 23, 2014, 6:55 PM IST
Australia the team to beat at World Cup: Michael Vaughan

London: Former England captain Michael Vaughan on Sunday said that having hit upon a rich vein of form against South Africa, Australia have emerged as the front-runners and will be the team to beat at the World Cup in their own backyard, starting February 14 next year.

Australia thrashed South Africa 4-1 in a five-match ODI series, which concluded on Sunday, serving a warning to rival teams about their capability to win the World Cup at home. And Vaughan was quick to recognise that.

"Hate to say it but Australia are the team to beat at WC.... #Justsaying," Vauhan wrote on social networking site Twitter.

The four-time World Champions also returned to the top of the One-Day International (ODI) Team Rankings on Sunday, displacing India, after beating South Africa.

Australia next are scheduled to participate in a January 16 - February 1 triangular series with India and England, starting in Melbourne after hosting India for a four-match Test series.

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5046 120
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 England 4366 104
4 South Africa 3177 102
5 Australia 3672 102
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 8366 270
2 Australia 6986 269
3 England 5568 265
4 South Africa 4720 262
5 India 9349 260
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