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Goal is to go through undefeated: McGrath

Sydney: Glenn McGrath has predicted Australia will go undefeated through its defence of the World Cup in South Africa.

The South Africans are the other main contender for cricket’s quadrennial showpiece, but Australia had a psychological edge against the hosts in big matches, said McGrath.

“After having to win the hard way in 1999, our goal for the 2003 World Cup is to go through the tournament undefeated, something I believe this team can do,” McGrath wrote in a column for Sydney’s Sunday Telegraph.

The 32-year-old paceman was part of the Australian line-up that lost matches against New Zealand and Pakistan before recovering to remain unbeaten in its last seven matches to clinch the title at Lord’s four years ago.

“While the goal for every team is to be world champions, it would give us even more satisfaction to hold up the trophy without having dropped a game all tournament,” McGrath said.

“With such tremendous talent in the squad and great faith in each other’s ability, I am convinced that special things are in store for us in South Africa.”

The Australians weren’t “preoccupied” with the World Cup or retaining the title of being the best in the world, McGrath said.

“Put simply, we are going over there to win and the boys have the mindset that it is another series, another tournament that we are aiming to win.”

The Australians won a tri-series tournament against England and Sri Lanka, despite injuries to McGrath, Shane Warne and Jason Gillespie.

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