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Border pitches for 'out and out' pace attack for Aus in WC

January 30, 2011 18:47 IST

The slow and low bounce subcontinental pitches have always been ideal for spin bowlers but former captain Allan Border has advised the selectors to pick an "out and out" pace attack if Australia are to win their fourth World Cup trophy. 

Border does not subscribe to the view that a team will have to rely on spin in the subcontinent and gave the example of the lethal pace attack of the West Indies who did well in the 80's. 

"We can win the World Cup, especially if our quick bowling stocks hit their straps. That's what it is about, two,  three or four guys peaking at the right time.

Allan Border"Everybody says, 'It's India, you need spin', but that's not necessarily the case," Border said. 

"I know the West Indies did well in India during the 80's. If you've got good quality fast bowling, you're the side to beat.

"If you start getting reverse swing and out and out pace, there are not a lot of people who enjoy facing that sort of bowling," he was quoted as saying by Sunday Telegraph.

Border said Australia can triumph in the 50-over tournament if pace spearhead Brett Lee, Shaun Tait and Mitchell Johnson can fire on all cylinders. 

"Brett Lee is bowling with good pace and getting back into some good rhythm, and he has the experience alone.

"I want to see Mitch and Taity, if they're anywhere near their best, that's a formidable attack.

"Throw in some part-timers and spinners, and that's a good side."

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