#CWC15 PREVIEW: On home soil Australia aiming for fifth World Cup

Australia are aiming to make it a high five on home soil next month having won the tournament four times previously between 1987 and 2007, including three times on the bounce.

They are currently ranked number one in the world, with India also on 117 points in the ICC Rankings, and many will be backing them to lift the trophy come the end of March at Melbourne.
In 2003 and 2007, Australia, under Ricky Ponting, went 22 matches unbeaten in winning both competitions.
There is every chance that they will have to change captain as Michael Clarke has a major question mark against his name following recent hamstring surgery. He has been given until their second Pool A match against Bangladesh on February 21 at Brisbane to prove his fitness or he will be replaced in the squad. George Bailey will be the man to step up if required.
Australia must have the most powerful opening batting partnership in the tournament in Aaron Finch and David Warner, and arguably their only weakness is when it comes to spin.
Left-armer Xavier Doherty is their only frontline spinner, although many are suggesting that even he will not be a regular pick with Glenn Maxwell’s off-spinners favoured.
Maxwell will be crucial to their hopes of success. An inventive and powerful batsman, he has struggled through the majority of the recent Big Bash T20 League with the Melbourne Stars, but will be hoping to build on his 66 in his last outing at the weekend.
He will hope to continue his upturn in form in the forthcoming tri-series with India and England, who they face in their opening match of the World Cup at Melbourne on February 14.
Badger Predicts
Australia to top Pool A and go on to win their fifth World Cup, bringing the perfect end to what has been a hugely difficult summer for them with the death of team-mate Phil Hughes.
Squad
Michael Clarke, George Bailey, Pat Cummins, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Shane Watson.

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