Gold and Green will struggle to win

Australia is not my favourite to win the World Cup 2007. Smaller grounds in West Indies makes it difficult for them to play their own game - converting the ones into twos. Even in the field they restrict the threes to two and twos to one. Effectively, Australia takes an advantage of 50 runs in this process.

They rely too much on Punter and Roy. Australian thinktank is reluctant to give Michael Clarke the opener's slot. Clarke is a player like Mark Waugh; he is wasted at number 4 or 5. Buchanan has no idea of how to handle natural talent.

Australia's best chance is to give the new ball to McGrath and hope he picks up 2 or 3 wickets in his first spell. They don't have a Shane Warne to put pressure on the middle order.

Shane Watson is over-rated. Stuart Clark is under-rated. They should have taken Cameron White or even Dizzy, whose economy rate in the domestic cricket has been excellent.

Australia still remains the number one team in the world. If they win the world cup, no one will be shocked - simply because everyone agrees that the Aussies deserve to win.

Watch out for India, they are going to have a lot of support in the Caribbean. The small grounds and slower tracks are going to help them a lot. If Sachin fires, India will have the edge. If Sehwag fires, India are going to win too many games.

Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh are quite useless now. The old mule has lost his sharpness. They should have taken Powar and Murali Kartik.

Ajit Agarkar's bowling action has changed a lot over the years. It has become more and more round-arm - probably helps with the reverse-swing.

South Africa and Sri Lanka are the next in line. West Indies is the dark horse in the race - Sarwan and Chanderpaul has to bat well.

New Zealand, oh well.

England has no chance at all. Even a team like Soctland could easily beat them.

Pakistan should have been banned for the doping drama. They don't deserve to be in the World Cup.

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