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London, Nov 23: Former England captain Michael Vaughan Sunday said that having hit upon a rich vein of form against South Africa, Australia have emerged as the front-runners and will be the team to beat at the World Cup in their own backyard, starting Feb 14 next year. Australia thrashed South Africa 4-1 in a five-match ODI series, which concluded Sunday, serving a warning to rival teams about their capability to win the World Cup at home. And Vaughan was quick to recognise that. Also Read - BCCI to Announce 32-Man Indian Team For Australia Tour: Likely Squad For Tests, ODIs, T20Is
“Hate to say it but Australia are the team to beat at WC…. #Justsaying,” Vauhan wrote on social networking site Twitter. The four-time World Champions also returned to the top of the One-Day International (ODI) Team Rankings Sunday, displacing India, after beating South Africa. Also Read - Fox Sports Faces Backlash After Questioning Virat Kohli's Availability For Australia Tour in January | POSTS
Australia next are scheduled to participate in a Jan 16 – Feb 1 triangular series with India and England, starting in Melbourne after hosting India for a four-match Test series.