Gary Kirsten has warned Australia's rivals not to rule them out of winning the 2019 Cricket World Cup next year.
The 50-year-old South African is well placed to assess the contenders to come out on top in the tournament which will be hosted by England and Wales next summer given that he guided India to the 2011 title.
And, while the Aussies' camp has been rocked by the recent ball-tampering scandal, which resulted in 12-month bans for captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner, Kirsten is refusing to dismiss them.
They are the most consistent team across big tournaments and I am sure they will be ready to compete at the next World Cup.Gary Kirsten
Indeed, both Smith and Warner will be available to the new Australia coach Justin Langer for the World Cup and Kirsten, who coaches Hobart Hurricanes in the KFC Big Bash League, said: "You can never count Australia out of any big tournament.
"They are the most consistent team across big tournaments and I am sure they will be ready to compete at the next World Cup."
The Aussies aside, Kirsten feels the hosts will also be in with a shout of winning the World Cup.
"All the teams have got closer and it really is open for any team to win the big tournaments," he added.
"England are playing an aggressive and exciting brand of cricket and it has certainly put them in a great position to contend in all tournaments."
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