Allan Border had a poor run in the 1992 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand © Getty Images


Feb 13, 2014


Former cricketer Allan Border says that the current Australian side can learn from the mistakes of their failed 1992 World Cup campaign at home soil and should use that as a motivation to win this time around in ICC World Cup 2015.


Border was captain of the 1992 team which failed rather surprisingly in the tournament after losing its first three matches in the group stages, reports the Daily Telegraph.


Australia which had won the title in 1987 but failed to make it to the semi-finals of the tournament with critics later lashing out at Border and his team for their failure.


“I distinctly remember thinking three or four games in we’d stuffed this up because we just did not target it. We thought we would go from one mode to the next, and at that stage we were a pretty good side,” said Border who was speaking to News Corp Australia.


“We were probably one of the favoured sides but we just couldn’t get anything going until right at the end, and we only missed out on the finals by percentage. This time we’re targeting the World Cup a lot better,” added Border on the current team’s chances to win the World Cup.


For the time being Australia have a lot on their plate before the United Arab Emirates (UAE) quadrennial tournament with 10 One-Day International (ODI) matches to play for, and will also play against Pakistan and India in the) and home respectively. Prior to the World Cup Australia will play its final tournament, a triangular series against India and England at home, which may prove to be the ideal preparation before their 2015 World Cup campaign starts against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on February 14.


The current scheduling of Australia’s matches prior to the World Cup also reminds one of the 1991-92 season when they faced a similar situation with matches being played against India and West Indies.


Also involved were numerous Sheffield Shield matches for the players of that Australian side which also saw Steve and Mark Waugh pit against each other before they played their tournament opener at Auckland.


“I can distinctly remember feeling out of sorts, like we were under done because we were coming out of first class cricket,” said Border who did not have a great World Cup in 1992.


Australia had opened their campaign against New Zealand in Auckland in front of a partisan crowd and were devoid of getting the initial home advantage.


“It wasn’t as if we were standing at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) or MCG for the opening ceremony. It was a very different scenario to what Australia will face this time. We were playing away and New Zealand had been preparing for three or four weeks. We had been playing Sheffield Shield a week or so earlier,” reminisces Border of the 1992 World Cup.


“They started with spin, Dipak Patel, which no one had ever done before. The tactics caught everyone on the hop a little bit. They were very well prepared, New Zealand, and it showed in their performance,” said Border of New Zealand who started off their bowling with a spinner.


But Border believes that Australia have it in them to shrug aside those memories and start off the 2015 campaign in style, since the first match is at Melbourne which will offer them a distinct edge.


“You’ll get a greater build-up than we experienced in 1992. We had no momentum whatsoever,” said Border.


“This time the powers that be have done the right thing with the ticketing with $5 for kids and $20 for adults for some of those outer games. The big games will be a lot more expensive but at least they’re encouraging people to go along and watch the lesser games. That will add to the occasion with extra bums on seats,” concluded Border who is happy at the tournament being aimed mainly for the Australian public.