Glenn McGrath holds the record for most wickets in World Cup matches, taking 71 scalps in four World Cup appearances © Getty Images
Glenn McGrath holds the record for most wickets in World Cup matches, taking 71 scalps in four World Cup appearances © Getty Images

Oct 29, 2014

Glenn McGrath felt that Australia‘s chances of winning the upcoming World Cup were positive, given the likeliness of Mitchell Johnson bowling on supportive home pitches.

The former Aussie pacer, who holds the record for most World Cup dismissals (71), stressed on Johnson’s fitness as well as consistency by the batsmen for Australia’s success in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) showpiece event.

“Someone like Mitch, when he’s bowling well it has a positive affect on his batting and the reverse is also true. It goes hand in hand and he’s a natural striker of the ball and the way he bowls, with that pace and now with that control, I’m so happy for him,” McGrath was quoted as saying to the Sydney Morning Herald.

McGrath, who was nicknamed ‘Pigeon’, was admittedly impressed by the team’s performance in the recent past, especially that of Johnson, and felt the Aussies would be a tough team to beat in their own backyard.

“We’ve been playing some pretty good cricket of late and we’re a tough team to beat at home in our home conditions. It can be tough being the home country with a little bit more pressure and expectations but you can use that in your favour as well,” said McGrath.

Johnson took three wickets in Pakistan’s first innings at a decent economy, aside from scoring 61 in Australia’s second innings, the individual top-score in that innings. His effforts though, were not enough to save his side from an embarrassing 221-run defeat.

Four-time world champions Australia, who are the only team to have won three successive World Cups (1999, 2003 and 2007), were knocked out of the previous edition in 2011 by eventual champions India in the quarter-final stage, to finish sixth at the end of the tournament. Australia and New Zealand are jointly hosting the upcoming World Cup, which is slated to begin in February next year.