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India better prepared than 2003: Wright


johnFormer India coach John Wright believes Rahul Dravid’s 2007 team are better prepared for a World Cup title assault than they were four years when they reached the final.

New Zealander Wright was in charge of the Indian team in 2003, which finished runners-up to Australia. He has since been succeeded by Greg Chappell and after watching India steamroll West Indies by nine wickets in their final warm-up game on Friday, Wright was impressed by what he saw.

“They are further ahead than we were in 2003. We had a tough tour to New Zealand prior to the World Cup and at this stage last time out, we lost to what was virtually a Natal third side,” said Wright.

“India are well ahead of that. They have also beaten Sri Lanka at home. At this stage they are better placed.” India were comprehensively outplayed in the one-day series 4-1 when they toured the Caribbean last year although they did take the Tests 1-0 for a first series win in the West Indies for 35 years. The toss will be crucial at the World Cup where the quality of pitches has already been brought into question during the warm-up games.
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