Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Good Start Crucial for Aussies in World Cup

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Good Start Crucial for Aussies in World Cup

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CRICKET: Former Cricket World Cup winner Andy Bichel believes the new ball could hold the key to Australia's chances of winning back the trophy on home soil this summer.

Australia and New Zealand will host the World Cup tournament featuring one-day internationals in February and March - the first time it's been held in this part of the world since 1992.

Bichel, a star of Australia's World Cup victory in South Africa in 2003, predicted the pace and bounce on offer, as well as how batsmen and bowlers handled that at the start of each innings, would be crucial.

"I think it's going to be done with the ball and with the bat up front. That's going to be a key to this World Cup," Bichel said on Sunday while in Warwick with the World Cup trophy.

"Someone's going to take some wickets in this tournament with the new ball because the conditions are going to allow that.

"But then also, if you can get through that period, someone with the bat can really stand up. …

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