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21 October 201011:18

Rod Marsh backs sub-continent teams for CWC 2011

former Australia wicketkeeper Rod Marsh talks about Australia's chances in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

Rod Marsh backs sub-continent teams for CWC 2011 - Cricket News

Former Australian Wicketkeeper Rod Marsh.

On this week's ICC Cricket World audio show former Australia wicketkeeper Rod Marsh talks about Australia's chances in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. The ICC Cricket Hall of Famer, who played in the 1975 and 1983 World Cups in England, believes it will be the teams from the Asia sub-continent who will be the ones to watch out for next year.

"I think we'll get a fair idea of how Australia are going to fair in the ICC Cricket World Cup once we've seen the results of the one-day games Australia are playing against India and also against England. We'll also get an idea of how England and India are going to fair too with those results," says Marsh who represented Australia in 92 ODIs.

"I think the fact that the tournament is being held in the sub-continent means it will be very difficult for teams England, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa to win. I would think a team from Asia would be successful, perhaps Sri Lanka, I quite fancy them for the title and of course India," he adds.

Marsh also discusses the merits of Tim Paine versus Brad Haddin behind the stumps for Australia: "Tim Paine is a more of traditional type of player whereas Brad Haddin with the bat can be as explosive with the bat as anyone I've seen.

"However I think it will be hard for Brad to claim his place back from Tim, since Tim has been playing so well."

The show can be used in whole or part by radio stations that want cricket content, while the public can also download it straight from the ICC website at http://www.icc-cricket.com/media_interactive_zone/podcast.php.

Joining Marsh on this week's show are Vanuatu coach Mark Coles and Zambia captain Sarfraz Patel who discuss their teams' chances in the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 8 tournament scheduled to be held in Kuwait from 6 to 12 November.

"We're off to the Sunshine Coast in Brisbane next week to play three games against local sides which will be great for the boys ahead of the tournament. We're looking forward to the tournament. The boys have worked really hard on their strength and conditioning and now they're just eager to get out there and play," says Coles.

Patel says: "We've been training really hard for the tournament under our coach and former South Africa player Peter Kirsten. We feel we're really ready to take on the challenge in Kuwait.

"We have a good mixture of players including some of our under-19 squad that recently competed in a tournament in Namibia."

Apart from the above interviews, the show has the usual round up of cricketing news, this week including information of the Africa Region CEO Forum which takes place next week in South Africa and Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan's upcoming trip to Papua New Guinea, plus an update of the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for Test and ODI cricket.

The weekly ICC Cricket World audio show runs for 15 minutes and has been put together by the ICC's global broadcast partner ESPN STAR Sports.