Ok, so everyone knows that Australia aren't as good "on paper" as they have been for quite some time.
However, having watched a number of the other major countries over the past few months, the standard of the other teams in this WC really appears to be relatively poor as well
SA are representative of most teams in that they have an excellent core group of players but have precious little to back it up
SL have some high quality batsmen but will only field a couple of decent bowlers
Ditto NZ but with only one bowler
Pakistan are anyone's guess
WI are no hope
Only England look balanced but they lack players of the highest quality
I'd go as far to say that every major nation, bar possibly England, could point to virtually any team that they have fielded in the past 15-20 years and declare them better "on paper"
Dont get me wrong, I'm expecting an exciting contest as there is no longer a dominant team, but the overall standard simply doesnt appear to be there IMO