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Laxman: India will be able to defend WC title

Laxman: India will be able to defend WC title
For batting legend VVS Laxman (in pic) there are no clear favourites for next year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, but he feels India will surely enjoy an ‘advantage’ having spent a considerable amount of time Down Under before the mega-event.

India will spend nearly two-and-a-half months in Australia before the World Cup and will play four Tests against the hosts besides a tri-series also involving England. Going by India’s present form in the ODI format, Laxman is confident of India defending the World Cup title.

‘As far as the World Cup is concerned, no one starts as favourites because at least 4-5 teams are playing top-class cricket right now. But the way Indian team is playing in ODI format, I have no doubt that they will be able to defend the title. The advantage that India will be have is they will spend more than two months in Australia prior to WC. They will have a good opportunity to get used to the conditions that they are going to confront in the World Cup,’  Laxman said on Friday.

Laxman also said India’s ‘success’ in the tour to Australia will largely depend on the youngsters’ ability to acclimatise themselves to the bouncy pitches there.
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