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World Cup 2015: Australia count on steep bounce to trouble Pakistan

"It will be a tough game. We are looking forward to some support, we want a packed house obviously and we need to bring our A-game as you do," said Lehmann.

IANS |March 18, 2015, 3:44 PM IST
World Cup 2015: Australia count on steep bounce to trouble Pakistan

Adelaide: Ahead of their cricket World Cup quarter-final against Pakistan on Friday, Australia coach Darren Lehmann said it will be a "different story" for the Asians as they will face steep bounce at the Adelaide Oval wicket unlike those in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where they had beaten the four-time champions last year.

"The wicket did not bounce at all in Dubai so you can say we will have three times as much bounce in Adelaide as Dubai where it didn't bounce above knee height. It is a totally different story which we are looking forward to," Lehmann was quoted as saying by news.com.au on Wednesday.

The comments were made after Pakistan cited the 2-0 Test series win, saying they know how to beat Australia. Pakistan opener Sarfraz Ahmed had said they are stocked with left-arm pacers and would not fear the opposition who have been conquered before.

Lehmann countered by saying that spearhead Mitchell Starc has been outstanding and Mitchell Johnson is slowly inching towards his best.

"Mitchell Starc has been outstanding and the bowler of the tournament and I have been really happy with Mitchell Johnson, the way he has come back. He is starting to hit his straps at the right time and looking good. Our attack is looking as good as theirs," said Lehmann.

The 45-year-old, who had hit the winning runs in the 1999 World Cup final, said it will be a tough game on Friday and urged the fans to fill the stadium.

"It will be a tough game. We are looking forward to some support, we want a packed house obviously and we need to bring our A-game as you do. The batting performances from both sides will be the key."

He added the match would prove to be a fascinating contest as two good attacks will clash head-on.

"They are going to be a really good side, have lots of tricks in their cupboard as we have. We are looking forward to two good attacks going at it. When you reach the knockout stages you have to perform well. Hopefully, the result goes our way against a quality side and we move on to Sydney," he said.

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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4027 115
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 4366 104
5 Australia 3270 99
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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 7748 277
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4720 262
4 India 8620 261
5 Australia 5471 261
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