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Aussies look to fine-tune against Canada

Associated Press
Mar 15, 2011 at 08:43am IST

Bangalore: Australia will consider tinkering with its batting order for Wednesday's Group A game against a Canada side that could be playing its last World Cup match for at least the near future.

The ICC's decision to trim the tournament to 10 teams from 2015 means the Associate sides will not feature and Canada will be keen to go out with at least a competitive display against the four-time champion.

Kenya provided just that with its 60-run loss to Australia on Sunday, after which captain Ricky Ponting said he would likely stick to his plan of promoting his middle-order batsmen to give them more match practice against Canada.

Aussies look to fine-tune against Canada

Australia will consider tinkering with its batting order.

"We've got to look a step forward now as well," Ponting said. "A couple of guys who needed a bit of time (against Kenya) didn't necessarily get it."

Australia is the only unbeaten side at the tournament and is looking to extend its unbeaten World Cup run to 34 matches, which will put it top of Group A with nine points, a point ahead of Pakistan and New Zealand and two better than Sri Lanka.

All four teams have already made sure of their places in the quarterfinals. Australia plays Pakistan in its final game on Saturday, a day after Sri Lanka meets New Zealand as the Group A top-four placings are decided.

Mike Hussey made a successful debut at the tournament against Kenya having replaced the injured Doug Bollinger in Australia's squad but Cameron White again failed with the bat and he could be in line to move up the order against Canada.

The game against Canada will also give Australia's spinners Steve Smith and Jason Krejza another chance to prove their worth on a spin-friendly pitch, having failed to impress so far at the tournament.

Bangalore's Chinnaswamy Stadium was the venue for England's shock defeat by Ireland and England's gripping draw with co-host India but unless another epic emerges on Wednesday, Canada appears likely to go home after one win and five defeats.

Canada beat Kenya for only its second win at a World Cup and put up a fight against Pakistan but Ashish Bagai's side failed to threaten the other three sides in its group.

The match offers 40-year-old John Davison his first chance to play against his country of residence in his final World Cup game.

Davison, who famously hit a scintillating 76-ball 111 against West Indies in 2003, was born in Canada to Australian parents and has had spells playing for Victoria and Western Australia.

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