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ICC World Cup 2019: India will pose tough hurdle for Australia despite their 'vulnerabilities' says Australian legend

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 7 June 2019, 12:25 IST

Ahead of the high profile clash between India and Austraila in the World Cup 2019 on Sunday, the former Australian legend Allan Border feels that India will pose a tough hurdle for the Aussies despite their “vulnerabilities”.

Australia at the moment is enjoying a great run of form having won their last 10 ODI’s, including the three victories against india in March where they came from behind to beat Virat Kohli led team India 3-2 in an away series.

Though India comfortably beat South Africa in their first match of the ICC world Cup 2019 on Wednesday, Border said it was not a convincing performance.

"I think they (India) got out of jail a little bit the other day, the South Africans played pretty well but they are just not scoring enough runs, and then Rohit Sharma kept it all together for the Indians," wrote Border in his column for the ICC.

"India have got some vulnerabilities, but they also have some world-class performers in Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and the rest it's a pretty handy side!" added Border.

As per former Australia skipper the game against a top side like India will give them a better indication on where they stand at the moment. Australia have won their first two games against Afghanistan and Windies in the World Cup 2019.

"If you can win games without playing your best, obviously you want to build to your best, that's what a time like this is about and India next up will be a big stumbling block.” said Border

“That's a tough hurdle for Australia but once they've played a couple of decent teams, they will have a better idea of where they are at with regards to the rest of the tournament," added Border.

After Bangladesh beat South Africa and Pakistan snapped an 11 game losing streak by beating the host England. Border went on to say that the World Cup has become more open, as we have seen some un expected results.

"All the sides are basically showing they can beat each other, that's the main thing that's come out of these early games, there's no obvious runaway-looking team at the moment.”

"I think that is how most of us expected it to be at this point that there would be a lot of teams you expect to do well and then there would be a few surprise packages.”

"West Indies will clearly be one of those sides to keep an eye on, they look really dangerous, but Australia are progressing nicely so far and will be happy with their start to the tournament," Border added.

First published: 7 June 2019, 12:10 IST
 
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