Friday 14 February 2014 

Video - One Year To Go Until 2015 World Cup

 

Watch as Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott talks about his country co-hosting the 2015 World Cup, which begins in one year's time, with New Zealand.

A series of countdown clocks have been unveiled around the world 365 days before the tournament's opening matches between New Zealand and Sri Lanka and then Australia and England.

14 teams have been split into two pools and the final will be held in 29th March 2015 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

"Well what a pleasure to be here in this great city on this great day," Abbott, speaking in Sydney, said.

"One year to go until this Cricket World Cup in Australia, one year until one of the biggest sporting events in the world and a magnificent chance to showcase Australia, showcase our great cities and showcase Australian cricket.

"Are we ready? Yes we are, yes we are - our country is confident, our team is confident."

Abbott then expressed his confidence in the Australian team to add to their previous World Cup successes of 1987, 1999, 2003 and 2007.

"So I say good luck Australia, have a go Australia - this is a great time for our country and as we know in South Africa it is a great time for Australian cricket as well.

"So far, when it comes to cricket World Cups, we have won four out of ten. Let's make it five out of eleven.

"But whatever happens, I know it is going to be a great time in this great country of ours," he added.

India are the reigning champions after beating Sri Lanka in the 2011 final on home soil in Mumbai.

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