Ponting feels OZ are favourites to lift WC

2015 World Cup

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting believes his country start as favourites ahead of their World Cup final clash against New Zealand at the MCG on Sunday.

Although the Black Caps come into the match after winning all their matches at the tournament, including beating the Aussies in Auckland, Ponting just feels that his countryman are a better side than their Trans-Tasman neighbours.

Ponting, who won the World Cup three times as a player, including twice as captain, does give the Kiwis a chance to win, but he feels it would be an upset.

The 40 year-old Ponting said: "They are both very good teams, but if you just saw them on paper and if you try and see weaknesses in the Australian team, I am not sure where you find one.

"Their top-order batting is brilliant, their new-ball bowling is brilliant, their allrounders are some of the best in the world and they are going to play at the MCG, where they know the conditions really well.

"That's not saying New Zealand can't win, we have seen how good a brand of cricket they can play, but I've just got a feeling that the Aussies won't let a moment like a World Cup final at home slip."

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