Last worldcup we had Bracken, McGrath and Tait as our pace attack, Pidge and Bracks were champion bowlers who covered up Tait's erraticness and allowed Tait to attack, which he did with great success.Re the make-up of our squad.
Been much made of Australia throwing its World Cup eggs in the pace bowling basket. There are a few points to note.
Firstly, to those who criticise the move based on the docile conditions that prevail on the subcontinent, I ask - are the pitches over there really any more docile than those served up in the Carribean in 2007? Tait starred at that World Cup.
Secondly, just because we've picked quite a few quicks, doesn't mean they'll all be in the First XI. I Given the susceiptibility of Johson, Lee and Tait to injury, it makes sense that we've got plenty of quicks in the squad should worse come to worse.
Finally, such is the dearth of spinners in Australia, our squad was always going to be lean on leather twirlers, and thus leather flingers were always going to figure heavily.
Hoggy was fantastic as well since he was very difficult to read during that phase of his career, all in all it was a very balanced attack with Clarke, Watto and Symonds all capable of coming in and putting in some quality overs.
The current attack has a bit of double edge to it, becuase if Tait, Bollinger, Lee and Johnson all perform to potential and are backed by Hastings Smith, Hauritz/Doherty and Watto then we could almost knock over any batting attack.
Having said that even if you take out the injury fear, there is still every chance that the extra pace of Lee, Tait and Johnson can only make batting easier on slow pitches if they aren't accurate enough, even Dougeh looks to be struggling off late, so obviosuly the concern among fans is well found.
Despite all that... LO games are won by the batsmen and for a team to win the worldcup they would need to have their batting firing all cylinders, and in a place like India even if your batting clicks then you might even get away with a slightly dodgy bowling attack.