Friday, March 27, 2015

Will it be a cakewalk for Australia to topple New Zealand?

After trouncing India with a massive win of 95 runs Australia will be gearing to crush New Zealand in the prestigious World Cup final on Sunday and dreaming to write a new history of winning the title Five Times!!! 

However will it be a cakewalk for Australia to topple New Zealand that has been desperate to win the title since many years? 

After breaking the jinx of being defeated six times in the seminal the New Zealand team that has eventually reached their maiden World Cup final defeating the tough South Africa at Auckland's will surely be all charged and like a wounded tiger would be aspiring to pounce upon the Kangaroos!

The highpoint of New Zealand team is that it is riding high with the distinction of a spotless record of winning all their matches in this tournament. To add cherry on cake they have the psychological advantage of defeating Australia in the World Cup pool and that too bundling the mighty Australian batting line-up for a petite score as low as 151 at Auckland. Hence the team looks spirited. 

New Zealand seamer Tim Southee believes their team will give a tough battle to Australia in the finals. He said, “Our team has the experience and the firepower to topple Australia in Sunday's World Cup final in Melbourne.” He added, “Our team would be relishing the opportunity of playing in their maiden World Cup final and hunt for a win.”

The only drawback that the New Zealand team has is that it has won all its matches in their home grounds at New Zealand hence beating Australia in Australia is a huge task. Nevertheless Southee doesn’t think so. “It's a dream come true for all the guys. This is as good as it gets, taking on Australia in Australia on one of the best cricket grounds in the world.” He quipped. 

In contrast Australian Captain Michael Clarke denies that having lost to New Zealand has been a setback. Instead he considers the team’s defeat at Auckland by the hands of New Zealand as boon in disguise. In an interview he confided, "I believe our defeat against New Zealand had made us stronger. In fact I believe the defeat was the turning point in this tournament for the Australian team.”

He added, "I think that one defeat gave us a bit of a kick up the backside. Our attitude from that day has been exceptional. The boys have got out of bed every single day to try and become better and the pointer is our result after the defeat!”

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